The Rehab Group Board is the governing body of the organisation and has overall legal responsibility for its activities. It is comprised of sixteen non-executive (unpaid) directors.
Jimmy Tolan (Chairman) is currently the Chairman of Carechoice Group, a provider of residential services to older people. He has previously served as Head of Healthcare Advisory with PwC, as Chief Executive of VHI Healthcare and as Chief Executive Officer of Fyffes PLC.
Niamh Hyland is a Senior Counsel who has been a practicing lawyer for 20 years. She is also a qualified mediator and arbitrator. A native of Dublin, she has extensive experience in legal aspects of public administration and regulation at local, national and European levels and has served on a variety of professional councils and committees. As the mother of a young child with special educational needs, she has experience of the challenges of integrating these needs into mainstream education provision.
Assumpta Kelly was until recently a local government official, based in Co. Meath, where she gained extensive experience in many aspects of public administration and public policy. As the mother of a teenager with a learning difficulty, she has been a campaigner and advocate for better recognition of and provision for the needs of people with disabilities, and their families.
Kevin Marshall is responsible for developing, designing and implementing education strategy for Microsoft Ireland. He has worked on public policy projects in technology curriculum design, and has served on the boards of a number of educational institutions. He has a strong personal interest in improving opportunities for people with a learning disability.
Maeve Martin has many years' experience working with people with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities, people with mental health difficulties, people with autism and people with acquired brain injury. With higher qualifications in psychology and health services management, she has worked for the HSE as a clinical psychologist, manager and trainer, and for the Mental Health Commission as an inspector. A resident of Tipperary, she is now running her own psychological services practice.
Stan McHugh has been involved in education and training all of his working life. He worked as a secondary school teacher until 1990, and since then as a senior educationalist in a number of Irish national agencies, including CERT, NCVA and FETAC, the Further Education and Training Awards Council, where he was chief executive for ten years, playing a central role in establishing and implementing the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. Since 2011 he has been operating as a consultant in qualifications and quality assurance in a variety of senior roles in Ireland and abroad.
Brendan Nevin is CEO of AA Ireland. Prior to this he held various senior management roles, both in Ireland and overseas, at Bank of Ireland, Coca-Cola HBC and International Distillers.
Patrick Salmon is highly experienced in business and in non-profit governance. His career has included acting as chief executive of a division of a J.Lyons, executive directorships of large public quoted companies in the UK and participation in public sector governance, including membership of the board of governors of the Royal Free Hospital, London, chairmanship of the Surrey Health Authority and several other positions in the NHS. He has also served as a trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability and as a member of its audit and nominations committees, as well as serving as a trustee of Rehab UK and the Chaseley Trust.
John F. Smith is a Chartered Surveyor, based in Galway. He has significant experience in commercial and residential property, together with property management. He is a former member of the I.R.F.U Committee and a past Chairman of the I.R.F.U. Charitable Trust. In the past three years he has served as a member of the Rehab Group Board and as a member of the board of a number of its companies.
Mike Williams is an experienced specialist in international development aid, having spent 24 years working at home and abroad with four of the most prominent Irish aid charities, and serving on the management teams of Trócaire, Oxfam and Concern. Originally qualified as an engineer, he lives in Dublin and now works as a consultant on international development and NGO management. He serves on a number of other non-profit boards. He is the father of a child with a learning disability.
Steven Wrigley Howe has over twenty years’ experience in management, consulting, and board membership in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He held a number of senior management posts in the NHS in the UK, including Head of Hospital Development in the NHS executive before developing a health care consultancy which he ran for almost a decade. He has served as a voluntary board member with York Mind and has also provided voluntary management support to a number of non-profit organisations working in the fields of healthcare, mental health and community development. He currently serves as a non-executive director on the Board of the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and uses the Trust’s services.
Noreen O'Kelly Having qualified as a chartered accountant in KPMG, Noreen spent over eleven years in Independent News & Media plc, where she held a number of senior roles including group treasurer and company secretary. She then spent nine years in C&C Group plc as company secretary. She is now a consultant on corporate governance, and is a non-executive director of a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations.