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.

Robert Barker

Robert Barker was appointed in September 2017, having served on the Audit and Risk Committee as an external member for the previous year.  He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Taxation of England and Wales.  He was, until his retirement, a tax partner in KPMG, specialising in Financial Services.  Since retirement, he has been involved with a number of charitable organisations apart from Rehab Group.  These include Howth Branch RNLI (where is he Treasurer), Sail Training Ireland (where he is a Director), Irish Cruising Club (where he is Hon. Treasurer) and Trustee and Hon. Treasurer of the Malawi Girls Education Fund.  His interests include hiking, theatre, reading and sailing.

Joseph McGrath

Joe is a retired lecturer from the Technological University of Dublin where he specialised in Services Marketing. He is former President of Sports in Dublin Institute of Technology.

Joe is the founder and Chief Executive of all-Ireland Student Charity, Students 10K for Chernobyl 2000-2013’s. This charity created many innovative programmes in Belarus for disabled young people which are replicated by other international humanitarian organisations.

He has served with International Fund for Ireland’s Wider Horizons Programme in the early stages of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. Joe has served as Group Leader in AnCo (now FAS) in the External Training Division.

His Specialist Skills include Education and Training, Strategic Planning. Marketing, Management. Joe’s interests are: Outdoor activities, Fitness, Rugby, Reading, Cooking, Travel, Music. Creativity, Entrepreneurship. Voluntary organisations.

Joe education includes an MBA, BSc Management and MMII.

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

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.