Dara Community Living is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board meet at least 6 times each year and is made up of family members, community members and people with experience in managing disability services. You can contact the Board by emailing

The membership of the Board is as follows:

Gerry joined the Board in 2018 and has an extensive financial back ground. Gerry is Chair of Dara Board and is a member of Dara Finance, Audit and Remuneration Sub Committee and is a member of the Governance Sub Committee.
Yvonne is Patron and Co-Founder of Dara. Yvonne was a previous CEO of Dara and has been involved in many disability organisations including Inclusion Ireland over the last 28 years.
Hilda Joined the Board in 2020 and has an extensive legal background. Hilda Clare is Company Secretary, member of the Finance, Audit and Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Governance Sub Committee.
Mary has a daughter with an intellectual disability and has been a parent representative Board member for the respite service since 2018.
Lynda joined the Board in 2020 and has an extensive background in lecturing, training and business and is a member of the Quality Safety & Risk Committee.
Ursula joined the Board in 2020 and currently works as a HR Manager in the pensions industry. Ursula’s previous experience includes working as a Business Manager in the HSE with responsibility for Diversity, Equality & Inclusion and she also has more than 20 years disability sector experience. Ursula is a member of the Policy Sub Committee.
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Adrian joined the board in May 2022 and has an extensive background in Finance and Housing.
Catherine joined the Board in 2021.Catherine is a health and social care senior executive within the voluntary sector with extensive experience in disability and social housing at operational and strategic level. Throughout her career she has championed the rights and active citizenship of people with disabilities to empower them to live the life of their choice.
Brian joined the Board in 2021 and has extensive experience in the disability sector having held senior management positions throughout his career and also has CEO experience.
John joined the Board of Dara in May 2023 and has extensive knowledge in the SME sector in Ireland in HR and Training & Performance Management.
Marian joined the Board in April 2023 and is a family representative on the Board.
We currently have Board vacancies and are looking to recruit people who have a desire to lead, inspire and bring about change in an increasing need for individualised services for people whose desire is to lead ordinary lives, in ordinary places, doing ordinary things. If interested please contact Carol O’Donnell at


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