Board Profiles

MS Ireland is governed by a Board of voluntary members. These members have a wide range of experience and skill. Some have MS themselves or have family members with MS. Others have long careers in business, social services and other areas. The Board promotes the vision and aims of the Society and charges the Chief Executive to meet these aims through the various departments, services and resources of the Society.

Marcella is Head of Digital Transformation at Allianz Worldwide Care. She is a passionate people manager with over 29 years' experience in Financial Services, Operations and Technology. She started her career in the technology group at Bank of Ireland but has also been involved in 3 start-ups, as well as large corporates such as Microsoft. She completed a Bachelor's Degree in Science at University College Dublin in 1988 and a Master's Degree in Business Administration at UCD Smurfit School in 1998, and more recently a Diploma in Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors. Marcella is married with two children, living in South County Dublin.

Some of Marcella's family members have been diagnosed with MS, and so she is keen to contribute to the Society's aims of supporting those living with MS to live positive and active lives.

Maurice has twice experienced MS in his immediate and extended family.  His brother Kieran (RIP, 2008) was diagnosed with MS in the early 1990's and as a child his family often visited a cousin of his father's who also had MS.

Since taking voluntary severance from a senior management position in ESB in 2012, Maurice has worked as a volunteer with MS Ireland in its South East Regional Office in Kilkenny before joining MS Ireland's Governance Committee and being elected to the Board in 2015. Maurice is also a Board member of Ossory Youth and is a presenter and Board member of Community Radio Kilkenny City, in addition to being a member of the Secretariat of the Kilkenny County Public Participation Network (PPN). Maurice is also a volunteer with Victim Support at Court.

While in ESB, Maurice, a Civil Engineer by training, held down a wide variety of roles such as IT project management, commercial and property portfolio management, health and safety management and procurement strategy. Maurice also trained and practiced as a business coach in ESB.

Maurice is Deputy Chairperson of MS Ireland.  He also chairperson of the Governance Committee and the Strategic Planning and Fundraising Committees.

Robin Bradley is a highly experienced Finance Professional, Company Director and Project Manager. He is a former member of the board of the Irish Credit Bureau. He brings experience in business management and strategic planning. He has worked abroad for many years and currently works in Bank of Ireland. Robin holds an MSC in Organisational Behaviour from Trinity College Dublin, a B.A in Business Studies from West London University and is a Qualified Financial Adviser from the Institute of Bankers in Dublin.

Robin is married with two children, living in Dublin.

Robin has a sister who is in long term care and is keen to lend his skills to MS Ireland which does so much to improve peoples lives.

Noelle Burke is Director of People Success and Partner Services at RSA Ireland.  In her role she manages the procurement, legal and people success teams who partner with the business on all strategic business and people agendas.  During her 20 years working she has held leadership and human resources positions with high profile companies including Microsoft and Hewlett Packard offering her experience in the Technology, Manufacturing and Financial Services industries in Ireland & EMEA. She has a Masters in Strategic HR leadership and believes her greatest learnings have been from some of the brilliant leaders and mentors she has met throughout her career.

Noelle has been involved in activities and fundraising for a number of communities and charities.

She is married to Keith and lives in Kildare.

Tom was married to Ellen for 27 years. Ellen lived with MS for 21 years and she sadly passed away in 2004. Tom has been a council rep on the board of MS Ireland for the last 3 years. He continues to apply his first hand experience of living with a Person with MS to the decisions being made at Board level and would aim thereby to improve the quality of life of persons with MS wherever possible. With the increased volume of governance and oversight required under the Charities Acts, Tom is very aware of the commitment required to fulfil his duties to the best of his ability and contribute to the success of the society going forward at branch, council and board level 

Particularly over the last year as a member of the Governance Committee he has attended at least 7 meetings in addition to the usual bi-monthly board meetings to review the Constitution of the MS Society and recently the committee has commenced reviewing the Bye laws. He also has attended a number of Regional Meetings, Branch AGMs and ordinary branch meetings on behalf of the board of MS Ireland.

Tom has one daughter and lives in Mallow, Co. Cork. He is a retired telephone technician having worked with Eircom for 37 years. Tom is very active in the community. He is a member and former Chairman of the Cork City Branch of MS Ireland. He is currently Vice President of Mallow Credit Union having previously served as President for 4 yrs. He is treasurer of the local Board of MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) in Mallow. He is a very active member of Mallow Development Partnership, a voluntary organisation set up to improve everyday life in the town in the area of Industry, Education, Science, Innovation etc. Tom has a Certificate in Credit Union Governance from UCC.

Edwina has over 37 years of national and international experience in health and social care services, across the public and private sector. She is driven by her passion to enable people to deliver quality services and provide assurance on the level of compliance with standards regulations and policy. Edwina has extensive experience, knowledge, commitment and reputation as a practitioner, educationalist, leader and manager across corporate, clinical health and social care services. She has worked in large and small organisations, HSE, NHS, Canadian Hospitals and now with nursing homes.

Edwina started as an Occupational Therapist, moved into therapy management, healthcare management, key qualification here in OD, MSC Healthcare Management., and finally into senior national management in HSE, additionally, achieving a Doctorate in Business Administration DBA. . 

Key recent: Edwina was the first head of Quality and Risk in the HSE, as an assistant National Director for Assurance She was the instigator, established and managed the national Healthcare audit service similar to (Internal audit) for clinical and social care services. As was the subject of her Doctorate she develops teams, gives people a voice and encourages staff to think creatively and question ways of working and learning. She has an ability to identify  where policy and procedure can be improved, engaging with staff at all levels to understand what standards and regulations mean in  practice

Edwina retired from the HSE 2016, and now works as an ‘Empowering consultant’ (building capacity) with organisations in supporting compliance with HIQA regulations including as a member of the National Ambulance Service, national Quality and Safety Committee. 

Edwina has one daughter who has twins and three sons, youngest son in final year in college. 

Edwina enjoys living near Wexford town and near Curracloe beach

Jacinta has more than fifteen year’s International Sales & Marketing experience, and a verifiable track record of achieving revenue, profit and market growth objectives, having held senior positions with blue-chip organisations, including Ericsson AB, VWR International, P&O Group & Exel Logistics (Deutsche Post).   

In 2009, Jacinta took the decision to leave a full-time and travel demanding-career to take on, what she describes as her most rewarding and fulfilling role to-date, that of part-time carer for her father when his mobility became impaired resulting from stroke. At that time, motivated by a need to be based in Dublin and have flexible working hours, Jacinta established Firm Thinking, a freelance strategic marketing consultancy that works with large and SME clients in both private and charitable sectors formulating business & market growth strategy. In her capacity as freelance consultant, Jacinta has led the successful delivery of large scale strategic marketing consulting projects, covering areas such as business product launch, marketing strategy, on-line digital strategy, brand strategy and marketing communications.  

I have Multiple Sclerosis, as did my father and one of my cousins. I was diagnosed in 1990 at the age of 34.

I cannot overstate how valuable the services provided by MS Ireland, particularly by the Louth Branch and NE Region, have been to me and the many others who live each day with MS. These are services which must not only be protected but expanded.

My qualifications are in Industrial Engineering, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. Following some years in Management Consultancy, I worked for 35 years with SIPTU, initially providing a technical perspective on issues which arose in all types of employment situations and had a national brief. As MS affected my mobility I worked as a Financial Analyst and Researcher and am now retired. I have also lectured at Third Level.

I have served as Board Member, Chair and Secretary of a number of NGO's over the years.

My professional and personal experiences allow me to offer a different and very necessary perspective to the work of the Society. 

I am married with one daughter and live in County Louth.

Mary has been a member of MS Ireland since 1984 and in those years has been elected to various roles within the Fermoy branch, presently she is the Chairperson.

She is a “hands on” individual & thrives when organising, publicising and marketing the Fermoy Branch fundraising events. She is always looking for new ways to engage with the public, encouraging volunteerism & at the same time raising the profile of the society.

Mary is passionate about people’s ‘well-being’ & the society’s aim for supporting all those living with MS to live active & positive lives. Her connection & (involvement) within the local community affords her the ideal opportunity to promote, educate, encourage people to participate and engage with the society.“ The society has to have the necessary resources to function, we must be aware of opportunities, and we must also create opportunities, because standing still is not an option if we are to deliver the services & supports our members need and deserve”

Mary is a Kerry native, lives in Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Dr Rebecca Maguire is a Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Maynooth University, who is also living with MS. She holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology, as well as an MA and PhD in Cognitive Science from University College Dublin. Rebecca is involved in a number of different research projects investigating the psychological wellbeing of those with chronic illness and their caregivers. She has a particular interest in furthering MS research, from both a professional and personal perspective. Rebecca is a strong advocate for all those affected by MS, and is actively involved in IPPOSI (which emphasises public and patient involvement in research), the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP), and the International Women in MS (IWiMS) community, where she is co-leading a rehabilitation/quality of life group. Rebecca is married with two children and lives in Co. Kildare.  

Rory Mulcahy is a Senior Counsel, dealing mainly with commercial, construction and planning disputes, and public law cases. He has also acted frequently for regulatory authorities, such as the Medical Council and the Nursing Board, in fitness to practise inquiries.  

He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, before taking the Barrister-at-Law degree at the King's Inns. He also holds an LLM in Human Rights and Discrimination Law from Queen's University, Belfast, and a Diploma in Arbitration from University College, Dublin. He was called to the Bar in 1998 and was made a Senior Counsel in 2014.  

He lives in Dublin, and is married with three children.

Martin is chief Risk Officer at Octium, an international life company and a subsidiary of Banque Havilland in Luxembourg, He is an accountant with over 30 years in Financial Services in Investments, Risk and Financial Management. He started his career in Irish Life and was involved in a number of IFSC life companies such as SEB, Handelsbanken and Mediolanum. He is a Certified Accountant (FCCA) 1986, Retirement Planning 2015 with LIA and Operational risk with the Institute of Bankers.

Martin married with six children, living in Clontarf, Dublin.

Martin’s brother in law and one of his colleagues in Irish Life  have been diagnosed with MS and he would like use his expertise to substantially improve the lives of those with MS.

Anne is a lawyer working for the State in public law for the past 20 years has practised as a barrister for 8 years before that.  In her current role, she has gained a sound practical understanding of the importance and requirements of structured corporate governance. Anne also has a sound working knowledge of the framework within which MSI and its Board must operate.

Anne is a member of MSI’s Governance Committee and is the National Contact person for the People with MS Advisory Committee which advises the Board of MSIF (International Federation). She is a member of MSI’s Council, nominated by the South Dublin voluntary branch. Anne has been involved at all levels in the South Dublin Branch since its re-establishment several years ago

Anne lives in Dublin and is married with two daughters.