The Care Trust CEO reports directly to a Board of Directors which is representative of the Central Remedial Clinic and Rehab. The Board of Directors are:

Bernard Walsh (Chairperson)

Bernard Walsh has worked for over 20 years in banking and finance. He is currently Head of Pensions and Investments at Bank of Ireland Life. He previously worked for Ulster Bank, Barclays Bank and Trustee Savings Bank. He is a regular commentator on finance and economic matters in the media. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork and postgraduate qualifications from University College Dublin and Coventry University. He has previously served as a Director in the Credit Union sector and serves on a Trustee Board.

Tom Fleming (Vice Chairperson)

Tom Fleming joined Volkswagen Group Ireland as Director of Human Resources in 2011.

Tom has a Business Degree from NIHE Dublin and a post-graduate qualification in the Psychology of Organisational Development and Change from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for over 25 years.

After graduation, Tom spent 14 years in the UK working in various human resources and operational roles with leading multinational organisations including Alstom, PepsiCo, B&Q and Jewson. Tom returned to Ireland in 2001 to join Diageo where he spent eight years in senior HR and commercial roles. He has also worked as an Organisation Development Consultant in both Ireland and the UK.

Ziva Newman

Ziva is an experienced professional with a strong background in the commercial and the not for profit sectors. After spending nine years as a business development strategist in the corporate world  Ziva decided to reinvent her career and join the not for profit sector.

Ziva joined Central Remedial Clinic as the Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships in December 2016. Prior to joining the CRC Ziva has worked in the philanthropic capacity for the Dublin City University Educational Trust and the international UK based charity Interserve.

Ziva holds a BA in International Relations from the American College Dublin, MA in Politics from UCD and is a PhD candidate in Political Economy with UCD. Ziva has been also awarded a Diploma in Fundraising and Management from the Charities Institute Ireland.

Ziva’s specialty and areas of most interest are higher education, children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, good governance, leadership and corporate fundraising.

Edel O’Connell

Edel O’Connell is a communications specialist with 15 years’ experience working in roles requiring the development and implementation of communications strategies, digital marketing, journalism, crisis communications, lobbying and public relations.  Edel has worked with a number of corporate, non-profits and SME’s, devising and executing a series of high-profile advocacy, public awareness and lobbying campaigns, such as the, the return of Discretionary Medical Cards to hundreds of children with Down syndrome and the delivery of a National Dementia Strategy.  She holds a Master’s Degree from University College Cork and a Diploma in Journalism and Communications from the Editorial Centre in London.

Edel is currently working as Head of Communications, Public Affairs and Fundraising with the Rehab Group. Previous roles include; the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and Fuzion Communications Ltd. A former, award-winning journalist, Edel has also worked for a number of regional and national publications including the Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and Evening Echo in Cork

Noreen O’Kelly

Having qualified as a chartered accountant in KPMG, Noreen spent over eleven years in Independent News & Media plc, where she held a number of senior roles including group treasurer and company secretary. She then spent nine years in C&C Group plc as company secretary. She is now a consultant on corporate governance, and is a non-executive director of a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Martine Smith

Martine Smith is a Speech and Language Therapist and a Fellow and Associate Professor of Speech Language Pathology at Trinity College Dublin.

Having started her career working as a therapist in the CRC, she pursued both Masters and PhD research degrees and joined the academic staff in the Dept of Clinical Speech and Language Studies in TCD.

Her research and teaching interests are in the area of developmental speech and language impairment, and particularly in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  These interests include a focus on literacy skills in children and adults who use AAC and the impact of severe speech impairments on participation in society.

A past President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, she is currently Editor in Chief of the AAC journal and Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences in TCD. She is also a member of the SLT Registration Board of CORU.

Kathleen Vickers

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Kathleen Vickers initial background was in social work and she has worked in the disability sector for most of her career.

Kathleen has previously worked in management for NCBI and Cheshire Ireland overseeing community based, residential, respite and day services.

Kathleen currently works in health and social care consultancy.

Kathleen has a particular interest in effective board and operational governance and active citizenship for people with disabilities.