Board of Directors 2018-2019

 Western Care Board of Directors

I am a native of Ballinrobe and was elected on to the Board in 2013. 
In the  three years prior to that I was on the Board as a Nominated    Director. I am Chairman of Cairde Crann Mor, a local community activist and a former manager of Connacht Gold Livestock Mart in Ballinrobe.
I am retired from farming and was also National Development Manager of No Name Club for a number of years.

Anthony McCormack 
Southern Region

As one of the many returned immigrants from the 90's, I now reside in  Ballinrobe, having married a Mayo Man. 

My background is in midwifery and I work in Mayo University Hospital as a midwife educator.  There I get to witness the miracle and reality of life with the new babies and new parents.

My family have been customers of Western Care for over 18 years for the support of our princess Aoife.  She has four loyal servants who tend to her every need.  Over the years I have dipped in and out of other parent support groups when time has allowed.
I was nominated to the Board of Directors in May 2016 and look forward to supporting the Board and Western Care  in providing the best standards for all their service users and families.
  Frances Burke
Southern Region

A native of Westport I was elected to the Board of Western Care in May 2015.
I qualified as a Primary Teacher 1973 and after a number of years took up a position with the HSE in an administrative capacity in the western region.
Having worked in various locations I retired in June 2013.  My last position was that of Administrator in Aras Attracta, Swinford. 
I have always admired the work of the Western Care Association and hope that as a member of the Board I can assist in some small way in improving services for persons with an intellectual disability in the Mayo area.  I am also involved in a number of voluntary organisations in Westport
Paddy Geraghty
Western Region 

I am the mum of three beautiful children, two of whom have special needs and have been involved with Western Care over the past eleven years through the Early Intervention Team and Respite.  I work in a pharmaceutical company in Westport and live in Castlebar.  I am also a member of the National Council for the Blind (Mayo Branch), Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and Down Syndrome Associations.
I have been on the Western Care Board of Directors since 2011 when I was elected by the Western Region and became Chairperson of the Board in May 2013.  I joined the Board as an appreciation of the support that my family have received over the years that has made a huge difference to me and all my family.

Helen McHugh
Western Region 
I am married to Tony and am the mother of three grown up daughters. I was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2015.  I worked for a number of years in community development before helping to setup and later run the Mayo Volunteer Centre. I now work taking care of the administrative side of the family business. 
I have a special affinity for Western Care as my late father was involved in the foundation of the Crossmolina Branch.
     Marie Munnelly  
Northern Region


My name is Pat O'Brien and, with my wife Nuala, am the parent of seven children including Paddy who receives services from Western Care, Enable Ireland, the HSE and the Laura Lynn Foundation.  I am his full time carer.  Previously I owned a motor business in Ballina, employing 20 people.  I am a member of the Ballina Lions Club and have been involved in many projects including the annual "Special Children's Day Out".  I am a qualified Personal trainer and teach "Exercise to Music" classes to all age groups and have worked with people with disabilities.  I feel I can contribute greatly to the Board of Western Care both on a personal and professional level, using my business expertise and would welcome the opportunity to work for the benefit of many.

       Pat O'Brien
Northern Region


I live near Charlestown and was elected on the Board in 2013 by the   Eastern Region.  I have two girls and one boy and became involved with   Western Care when my son James was diagnosed with autism at the age of   two. 
I have over sixteen years association with Western Care since James'     progression through early services, special school and now adult services.
Annette Dillon 
Eastern Region
I am self-employed and live in Louisburgh.  I have three children one of whom is a nine year old girl who has Down Syndrome. 
I became involved in Western Care to help continue the good work they do.  Western Care has had a very positive influence in our lives  for the last nine   years. 
I was nominated on to the Board in 2014.
      Philip McKiernan
  Company Secretary


Living in Westport I became a member on the Board of Western Care in   2012.  I have been using Western Care services for many years in   particular   the Autism section. 
With all the services and supports that we have used over the past number of years it was my belief that I should in turn give back some of the support through my own knowledge in the work place. 
I am currently employed in Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland as the Senior Human  Resources Manager.
 Ed Rose
 Nominated Director
I am a native of Glann, Oughterard, Co. Galway.  I came to work in Mayo in July 1972 after being appointed an Agricultural Officer in the Department of Agriculture.  I retired in February 2012 having served the farming community in many parts of Mayo and Galway for 40 years.  I have lived in Westport since 1972.  I am married to Mary and we have three sons and one daughter.  Our youngest son Ciaran was born with Downs Syndrome and later developed Severe Autism.
We have used the services of Western Care Association since 1992 and when I was nominated to be a parents representative on the Board I was delighted to accept in the recognition of the wonderful support we received in the last 24 years.
I was involved with many voluntary organisations in Westport over the years my children were growing up and taking part in local activities.
I will work with my fellow Directors and Executive Director to continue to develop and improve services for families with a member with special needs.
     Kieran Mac Gloin 
   Nominated Director


I hail from the seaside resort of Kilkee in West Clare.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and spent the bulk of my professional career with PWC and Coca Cola.  The last 8 years of my 26 year stint with Coca Cola were served in Eastern Europe, Russia and Nigeria.
My primary focus as an expatriate was on people development.
Due to personal circumstances I took early retirement in January 2005.
In retirement I committed to getting involved in voluntary activities having experienced the great work undertaken by both the Hospice movement and the Resource Centre at the Salesian College in Celbridge.
I was Finance Director of the Acre Project in Celbridge for 8 years resulting in a range of facilities being developed on a green field site for youth on the margin, people with special needs and the community of Celbridge.
On my marriage to Tina in September 2015 I relocated to Westport.
        Michael Leyden    
     Nominated Director
Originally from Cork but living in Mayo since 1993, when I first started   working for Western Care, I am the Executive Director of Western Care   Association since 2010. I worked in service management at a senior level in   Western Care as Director of Services and with the Brothers of Charity   Services, Galway since 2001.  Prior to that I worked as a frontline staff and   manager in direct services and as an area manager.
    Bernard O'Regan