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Parkinson’s Ireland Appoints Shane O’Brien as new CEO

Dublin, Ireland – June 6th, 2023

Parkinson’s Association of Ireland is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane O’Brien as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective August 8, 2023. With extensive experience in governance, volunteer work, and a strong commitment to making a positive impact, Shane O’Brien is well-suited to lead the Association in delivering on its current strategic plan.

Shane brings a wealth of expertise to his new role as CEO. He holds a Professional Diploma in Leadership & Management from UCD Professional Academy and is a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) accredited by the Irish Tax Institute. Shane’s qualifications also include a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and a Chartered Accountant (ACA) designation from Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Throughout his career, Shane has demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills. His most recent position as Senior Tax Manager at the Irish Tax Institute allowed him to project-manage the design and delivery of educational programmes, ensuring optimal learning experiences for students both in the classroom and online. His expertise in tax consultancy, compliance, and restructuring transactions further enriches his professional background.

Shane has a genuine passion for community service. He has been a voluntary board member of Epilepsy Ireland since 2021, where he also chaired the Finance & Audit Committee. His dedication to making a difference extends beyond healthcare, as he previously served as secretary of Pieta House West-Roscommon fundraising committee.

“The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland is thrilled to welcome Shane O’Brien as our new CEO,” said Ann Foxe, Chairperson of Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. “Shane’s proven track record in leadership and his commitment to community service make him an ideal fit for our organisation. We are confident that under Shane’s guidance, the Association will continue to advance our mission of improving the lives of individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Ann added. “We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to outgoing CEO Paula Gilmore for her dedicated service and tireless efforts in supporting those affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Her commitment to the cause and the people we serve has been exemplary.”

Commenting on his appointment, Shane said: “This is an exciting time for the Charity. A key focus for me will be the implementation of the strategic plan over the coming years, as the service offering grows in a sustainable manner. Currently, there are approximately 15,000 people with Parkinson’s Disease in Ireland and that is projected to increase over the coming years. This will result in an increase in demand for services. A key strategic aim is to obtain State funding for community based nurses to support people with Parkinson’s and their families. I’m also looking forward to meeting the hard-working branches to discuss the fantastic work that they are doing locally.”

The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland looks forward to the leadership of Shane O’Brien as the new CEO, confident that his vision and expertise will further advance the organisation’s mission to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

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