Board of Directors

Michael Burke – Chairman

Michael is the Tipperary branch chairperson and current serving board member.  He has an extensive history with PAI. Comfortable with compliance and the ever-changing landscape and requirements of a charity in terms of regulation. Michael is living with Parkinson’s disease.

Paula Gilmore – CEO

Paula is the CEO of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland since 2014 .
She was elected to the BOD of the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) in 2019
Paula has worked in the healthcare field since 2000, working with and providing support services for people living with HIV and AIDS up until 2014. She holds a Masters in Management, M.A.(Hons) Pastoral & Voluntary Services at DCU.

Ann Foxe – Vice Chairperson

Ann was instrumental in setting up the North-West branch over 20 years ago and is the current serving secretary of the North-West branch. She has over 20 years’ experience with PAI and is well-versed in compliance.

Pádraig Barry – Director

Pádraig is from Limerick, is a member of the Midwest branch and continues to work fulltime with Saint-Gobain Construction products in Ireland. Pádraig has worked in general manager roles for more than 25 years, has a general interesting in most sports, particularly hurling, rugby and golf. A keen runner and cyclist, Pádraig is living with Parkinsons.

Una Anderson Ryan – Treasurer

Una is a founding member of the original board for PAI. Has worked with the Midwest Branch for over 30 years, implementing and developing their vision for a Parkinson’s Disease nurse service in the midlands.

Jake McDonnell – Secretary

Dublin branch chairperson and currently working in medical healthcare, advocating for PwP in the process. Academically inclined, having published in multiple major medical journals and presented at multiple national and international meetings.

Marie Cahill- Assistant Secretary

Emergency Department Clerical Officer in University Hospital Galway, with expertise in administrative and IT skills. Marie works closely with the neurology department and HSE to improve local services to rural members living with Parkinson’s.

Marie has been the chairperson of  Galway branch for 15 years.