Meet the Board

John Cronin

John is a keen advocate of the rights of people with a disability and is a passionate believer in the ethos of the independent living movement. John played a key role in the foundation of Cork and has been a member of the Board of Management since 1998. An ardent fan of sports John is a Paralympian Boccia player, competing in several Paralympic Games, including London 2012 and Sydney 2000 where he won a gold medal in his BC3 pairs class.

Donal O’Sullivan

Donal has been a member of the Cork CIL Board since 2013. As the CEO of Cooperative Animal Health, a farmer owned Cooperative in the animal medicine and nutrition business. Donal brings a wealth of Board and Governance experience.

Padraig Hannafin

Padraig has worked in the Communications and Public Affairs Department in the Rehab Care since 2009. A CIL service user since 2003 when he moved to Cork to study at University College Cork. Padraig joined the board during his studies and has served as Chairperson since 2012- 2018. Padraig  is  active    as member  board with   DFI  a  member of  ILMI  He  is passioante  about  independent  living . Padraig is a keen fan of most sports and plays power soccer for the Kingdom Rebels.

David O’Sullivan

David has worked in the Agri Supplement manufacturing industry for over 30 years with roles in manufacturing and human resource management. He completed a Higher Dip. in Human Resource Management (UCC), Dip. in Manufacturing Management , Innovation for Growth (IMI) and a Masters in Human Resource Management (UCC) 2016. He has also served on the board of Animedica. David has a keen interest in supporting those with disabilities having had a son with severe epilepsy and understands the value that organisations such as CIL can bring to those that need it most.

David has  been  chair  of the  Board of  Management  since  2019. He places    great  value on  listening  to   all  stakeholder  voices,  and  has  led   focus  groups  with  Service  Users and  Staff to  inform or  strategic  path

Sandra Brookes

Sandra joined the Board of Management of Cork CIL   as a non- executive director in August 2022. Sandra is a qualified chartered accountant with over 10 years financial experience. Sandra currently works as a senior audit manager for a professional services firm.

Shane  Maher

Shane has 30 years’ experience in supply chain management. Currently he is  Senior Director, Planning within Supply Chain responsible for Integrated Business Planning with De Puy Ireland. Strategic Direction is of particular interest  to  Shane as  he believes it  is the key to ensuring that the organisation creates a clear direction for the future. Shane holds a Degree in Business from MTU Cork, MBA from University of Limerick & MSc in Lean Operations from University of Cardiff  but  in  his spare time enjoys spending time with his  family, new  cultures and  food and is  an avid sports supporter

Tadgh Quill Manley

Tadgh is an insurance and financial broker in Cork City, holding the CIP and QFA qualifications. He has a strong interest in disability affairs, also serving on the boards of the Cork Centre for Independent Living, Cork Deaf Association, and the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

Diarmuid Duggan

Diarmuid Duggan has been a member of Cork CIL since 2012. As a disabled man and a wheelchair user he really values the Cork PA service which has supported him to access new opportunities and live independently. Diarmuid has a keen interest in politics, sport, people and the local community. Diarmuid joined the Cork CIL Board to represent the Service Users voice and strengthen the perspective of the Service

Dr Gerard White PhD

Gerard has worked as a clinical nurse for 24 years and now works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in A&E. Gerard holds a BA, MA & PhD in Nursing as well as post graduate diplomas in Management, Education Gerard’s areas of interest include clinical teaching, trauma management, and ethics in nursing. He enjoys outdoor activities, family time and reading when he gets the chance.