Inclusion Ireland, the National Association for People with an Intellectual Disability has appointed Mr Enda Egan as Chief Executive Officer. Mr Egan will take up the position on the 1st July.
Enda Egan has been CEO of The Offaly Centre for Independent Living which covers the Midlands region since 2015. During that time, Enda developed a 5 year strategy through consultation with people with disabilities using the services and brought in corrective measures to comply with regulations and good governance.
Prior to this, Mr Egan was CEO of The Carers Association for 12 years which merged with another organisation to form Family Carers Ireland. Enda led the growth of the organisation from a point of having 70 staff and financial uncertainty, to an organisation employing over 500 staff with regional centres around Ireland.
During this period, he focussed on a model of engagement with carers through grass roots development by the establishment of a local network of support groups, "Carers of the Year Awards" and hosting of National Conventions. He also led the development of a "National Family Carers Strategy" and the campaign for carers statistics to be captured in the national census.
Commenting on his appointment Mr Egan said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO of Inclusion Ireland. It is an honour and privilege to be involved in representing Irelands 67,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The challenges people with intellectual disabilities and their families face in everyday life are challenges I am very passionate about and I very much look forward to working with the Inclusion Ireland team to accomplish the delivery of its mission and vision to bring about meaningful solutions to these challenges”
Lorraine Dempsey, Chairperson of the Board of Inclusion Ireland said, “Inclusion Ireland is delighted to welcome Enda Egan as our new CEO. Enda has an understanding of the values of the organisation, is a clear communicator and has an energy coupled with the relevant executive level experience that we require to ensure the sustainability, relevance, reach and impact of Inclusion Ireland.
Enda has demonstrated a rights-based approach in his work and knowledge of the issues arising for people with disabilities and their families and has a commitment to the development and principles of Self Advocacy.”
Mr Egan will replace Sarah Lennon who has lead Inclusion Ireland as Interim CEO since December. Mr Egan will officially take up his new role on the 1st of July.