BOARD PROFILES

Marita O’Brien (Chairperson)

Marita is a social researcher and health policy analyst working mainly in the field of ageing and dementia. She has a PhD in Social Policy and Ageing from Trinity College. Her research work includes ‘Falling Through the Cracks: The Case for Change, Key Developments and Next Steps for Adult Safeguarding in Ireland’, ‘Dementia Needs Analysis Framework to Support Local Service Development’ and ‘Accessibility of Online Services to Older People in Co. Wicklow’.

She is a co-founder of Co-Creation Support CLG, a social enterprise supporting organisations to work collaboratively with clients to design services, supports and education programmes that meet their needs. She is currently project managing an Erasmus + project, Two Moons, focusing on the development of educational resources to make human rights relevant to the day to day lives of older people. She worked for a number of years in Age Action as their Health Policy Officer.

Over the last 10 years, she has been involved in raising awareness of dementia and highlighting the unmet needs of people with dementia and their families providing support, as part of the team that delivered the Wicklow Dementia Friendly programme and developed the Co. Wicklow Dementia Strategy. She also volunteered as an advocate for nursing home residents.

Claire O’Donovan (Secretary)

Claire has previously volunteered as President for the SVP Conference in Greystones, a past Board member of the Greystones Family Resource Centre who believes volunteering allows you to connect to your community and is important as it offers essential help to worthwhile cause, people in need and the wider community. A mother of 3, Claire has worked in administration for international companies and currently works in the family legal practice.

Patte O’Reilly

Volunteering as an AlzPal for Wicklow Dementia Support, Patte gained unique insight into working with those with dementia and their family carers. A full-time mother of four, Patte comes from a background in publishing, public relations, fundraising and the art world. She has worked with charities here in Ireland and back in New York for many years. Patte joins us in the role of Social Media, Press Liaison and all things creative.

Eamon O’Gorman (Treasurer)

  A Finance Professional with over 30 years’ broad experience, including over 27 years’ in a Global Multinational Corporation, gained in Financial Accounting, Reporting, Budgeting, Auditing, Treasury, Cash Management, Compliance and Risk Management.

Orla Finn

Orla Finn has a BA in Public Management and worked for a number of years in the International Dept of the Institute of Public Administration. After leaving the Institute, Orla spent 4 years living in Paris, France.
Since returning to Ireland Orla has been involved in her local Community on a voluntary basis. She has been responsible for establishing and assisting numerous local organisations and events. These include: The Greystones Southbeach Playground, Coderdojo, Light Up Greystones, Up Off The Couch, Greystones GAA Club, The Bray Soroptimists and The Bray Women’s Shed.
Orla joined WDS two years ago as its Head of Fundraising and in 2021 became a Board Member.