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 LeanJoined 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.

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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Lorraine DempseyJoined in 2021

Bio to be updated shortly.

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Miles WillliamsJoined in 2022

Miles works as the Group Risk Accountant for Irish Continental Group, providing internal audit and assurance services for the Group. With five years of experience in internal and external audit and risk management, he is passionate about finance and good governance. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at PwC South Africa, he moved to Ireland in 2020 to increase the breadth of his skills and talents. The scope of his audit experience is in consumer products, transport and charities.

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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 2022/23

  • 8th September 2022
  • 27th October 2022
  • 17th November 2022
  • 8th December 2022
  • 26th January 2023
  • 2nd March 2023
  • 20th April 2023
  • 25th May 2023
  • 6th July 2023
  • 7th September 2023
  • 26th October 2023
  • 16th November 2023
  • 7th December 2023
  • 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.

    Paul HolmesJoined in 2023
    Financial Controller

    Bio coming soon

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    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 2014
    Senior Services Manager

    Stephen has extensive experience as both a frontline Community Support Worker (CSW) and then as a Client Services Manager (CSM) providing him with a firm knowledge of  both strategic and day-to-day workings of SHS.

    Stephen is a firm believer in prioritising clients and is passionate about providing them with the necessary tools to live an independent life to the best of their ability in a safe,  happy and healthy environment. 

    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.

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    Ciara LumsdenJoined in 2022
    MDT Senior Manager

    Ciara is our Principal Social Worker and Multi-Disciplinary Lead. She has been working with Children and Families for the last 9 years in areas including Children in Care, Duty and Intake Child Protection and Fostering.

    Ciara has a passionate client-centred work ethic and believes the rights and voice of the service-user should always be paramount in any decisions made.

    Isabelle NapoleaoJoined in 2022
    Senior Manager

    Isabelle is a Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability (RNID) with senior management experience, having worked in both clinical healthcare and community settings.

    Isabelle comes to SHS with over 15 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, including the areas of intellectual and physical disabilities.

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