Governance and Management

What is Sunbeam House Services?

Sunbeam House Services CLG (SHS) is a voluntary organisation, registered as a charity with the Revenue Commissioners, and providing a wide range of services to adults with intellectual disabilities. Sunbeam House Services is registered in Dublin, Registered Number 76504, at the office address of SHS, Southern Cross House, Southern Cross Ind. Estate, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Sunbeam House Services is constituted as a company limited by guarantee, and is also a registered housing association. Referrals are made by the Health Service Executive. SHS is funded by the Health Service Executive, the Department of Education & Skills and voluntary donations.

Now, let’s look a little deeper…..

Meet our Board of Directors

Dawn LeaneJoined in 2018

Dawn is Principal Consultant at Leane Leaders, providing corporate training and executive coaching to a wide range of clients. She holds a Master of Business from UCC and postgraduate qualifications in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. Dawn has a particular interest in diversity and inclusion. As the parent of a child with Downs syndrome, Dawn is a passionate advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.

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Kevin CahillJoined in 2020

Kevin, has over 25 years experience in professional services environments and has held leadership roles in national and international law firms.

Initially training as a teacher, Kevin also holds a Masters in Economics from University College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Trinity College Dublin.

Bernie IversJoined in 2017

Bernie has over 30 years experience in Finance & Management in the automotive & hospitality industry now devoting most of her time caring for her son.

She holds one other directorship of a charitable organisation, is currently the chairperson & a trustee of the local development group in Avoca involving tidy towns, community development & infrastructure.

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Martin WolohanJoined in 2017

Martin is Head of Engineering & Environment Health & Safety at Servier Ireland Industry, International Manufacturer of Pharmaceutical Products.

He has 25 years experience in large scale international Project management and budget control. 

He is also Chair of Sunbeam's Nominations committee.

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David ClarkeJoined in 2019

David was educated at Gonzaga College SJ and UCD, qualifying as a solicitor and becoming a partner in a law firm heading up the firm’s litigation department. More recently his work concentrated on planning dispute strategy, professional obligations and indemnity insurance. Following his retirement as a partner, he became a consultant to the firm and also works with voluntary organisations.

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Helena DoodyJoined in 2020

Helena is Head of the Department of Humanities in Technological University Dublin, Tallaght Campus. She has a background in social care working with marginalised groups and individuals for over 30 years.

She has a passionate interest in advocacy and equality issues and holds one other directorship of a charitable organisation.

Carl AlfvagJoined in 2020

Carl has over 30 years experience in the public and social sectors. Originally from Sweden, he joined the Swedish Foreign Service as a young lawyer. He then took up a role as CEO of The Swedish Agency for Disability Policy Co-ordination, activelyinvolved in negotiations of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He worked in the Mental Health Commission and presently is Head of Compliance at the National Maternity Hospital.

Karen KellyJoined in 2020

Karen has over 12 years experience in the education sector encompassing: continuing professional development; project & programme management; e-learning; international initiatives.

Karen is Head of Learning at Young Social Innovators. She is passionate about education that empowers young people and develops active local and global citizens for today and the future. 

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Barbara SinnottJoined in 2020

Barbara is a Chartered Accountant, who holds a Professional Diploma in Compliance (ACOI), with over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

She also hold a BSocSc in Social Science from UCD.

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Lorraine DempseyJoined in 2021

Bio to be updated shortly.

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David Butler (Company Secretary)Joined in 2018

David is a Company Secretary and retired Finance Executive with 20 years experience in the charity sector.

Originally qualifying with a Masters in Engineering (UCD), he changed career, becoming a Chartered Accountant. David has over 40 years’ experience in a variety of senior managerial and finance roles. He was the Secretary and Finance Director of Chartered Accountants Ireland. 

Schedule of Board Meetings 2021

  • Thu 28 January
  • Thu 4 March
  • Thu 29 April
  • Thu 20 May
  • Thu 29 July
  • Thu 9 September
  • Thu 28 October
  • Thu 18 November
  • Thu 16 December
  • Meet our Senior Management Team

    Joe LynchJoined in 2020
    Chief Executive Officer

    Joe joined Sunbeam in January 2020 as CEO. He has extensive experience in the Community and Voluntary sector having worked with the Parkinson’s Association, Disability Federation of Ireland and Camphill Communities of Ireland. He also brings commercial experience from his time with the Irish Concrete Federation.

    He has a special interest in supported living, social enterprise and decongregation.

    Martin RogersJoined in 1996
    Financial Controller

    Martin joined Sunbeam in 1996. He moved from a commercial setting to take up the role of Company Accountant in 1996. In 2015 he took up the office of Company Secretary for three years and in early 2019 he was appointed to lead the Finance Team as Financial Controller.

    Martin is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

    Kate HopkinsJoined in 1998
    Senior Services Manager

    Kate previously worked in Mental Health Services in the UK and Ireland. Kate has responsibility for a mix of Day Service, Residential and Respite Service locations.

    Kate is a strong believer in empowering clients to make full use of their abilities and to live happy and fulfilled lives. She is also passionate about the provision of high-quality services underpinned by strong staff teams containing a diverse mix of skills and qualifications.

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    Stephen KearnsJoined in 2010
    Senior Services Manager

    Bio to come.

    Leona DoyleJoined in 1999
    Senior Services Manager

    Leona has extensive experience within the disability sector and proudly strives to ensure that all clients are empowered to live their lives to their full potential with dignity, equity and respect.

    Leona is the organisational representative for a number of external committees and working groups, such as the HSE New Directions Working Group and the HSE Central Respite Referrals Committee.

    Denise CommonsJoined in 2007
    Senior Quality, Compliance and Training Manager (Acting)

    Denise specialises in quality improvement systems and processes in accordance with national legislation and best practice. Denise believes the focus for her and her team is to continually develop, innovate and improve services to ensure our clients are safe and provided with the best possible care, while also ensuring compliance with governing legislation is met consistently and to a high standard.

    Mark CantwellJoined in 2020
    Senior HR Manager

    Mark has over 25 years of experience in HR Operations, Employee Relations HR Project Management and Organisation Capability Management. In addition, he has experience in Environmental Health and Safety Management and Auditing.

    He is strongly interested in teamwork development and leadership development in all elements of an organisation and is an advocate for wellbeing at work.

    Áine KerrJoined in 2020
    Principal Social Worker & MDT Lead

    Áine has over fifteen years’ experience in the Disability Sector and prior to this worked in Child Protection Social Work. Áine is a graduate of Trinity College and also has a HDip in Leadership from The Royal College of Surgeons and a Post Graduate Diploma in Practice Teaching ,Supervision and Management from NUIG.

    She is also trained in the theory and practice of Social Role Valorisation.

    Mary BardinJoined in 2021
    Senior Services Manager

    Bio to come.

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