Our Board of Directors

Our Board’s Responsibilities: 

Our organisation is managed by a Board of Directors. The responsibilities of our board include the following:

  • Meet regularly to provide support and leadership to benefit the centre’s development.
  • Set and implement the strategic direction of our centre with due respect and regard for the charity’s mission, goals and ethos
  • Monitor and work to maintain a high standard of performance from our organisation’s team.

Board Members:

David McParland – Trustee

David is a practising barrister. He joined the Board of the DSC in April 2016. David is married to Anne-Marie Casey and lives in Ranelagh, Dublin with their three daughters. Their second child Hannah attends The Down Syndrome Centre.

Fiona Cullinan – Trustee

Fiona joined The Down Syndrome Centre as a Trustee in September 2018.
Previously Fiona worked in a voluntary capacity with the Social Enterprise sector. She has many years’ experience working in the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industries at senior management level. Her particular interest is in strategic planning and in working with organisations to support them in developing their strategic plans to enhance and cultivate their services in the medium to long term.

Niamh Garvey – Trustee

Niamh is a Senior Director at Edelman, joining the board in September 2018.She has over 20 years strategic marketing communications experience working with clients across diverse industry categories and geographics.
Niamh is married to Colm and mum to Ryan, aged four, who attends the Down Syndrome Centre.

Lynda O’Brien – Trustee

Lynda is a director and co-owner of Trim Castle Hotel in Meath. She is a mother of 4, her youngest daughter Julie has Down syndrome, and attends Trinity College. Lynda has been a devoted supporter of the charity, running various events over the years in support of the DSC and being a Trustee since 2016.

Brian Neilan – Treasurer

Brian joined The Down Syndrome Centre as a trustee in 2019 and now serves as the board’s treasurer. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and was previously a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Brian has a son Colm who has Down syndrome.

Suzanne Crowe – Trustee

Dr. Suzanne Crowe is a Consultant in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. She is Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics with the School of Medicine, TCD, a member of the Medical Intern Board, and an elected member of the Irish Medical Council, where she is Chair of the Ethics Committee. She has a particular interest in Bereavement Studies and Medical Ethics. Suzanne joined the Board of The Down Syndrome Centre in October 2020.

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