Our dedicated Board of Management
Previous Chairperson and soul of DFC
Bernadette was CEO and Founder of Resiflex Software for Care Providers. She was CEO of Positive Care Ireland for 11 years and prior to these roles she served in the HSE Social work provision including Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility for Children and Families in Dublin. For her last 16 years she supported Deansrath Family Centre vigorously through her role as Chairperson of the Board of Management and as Strategic Advisor. Bernadette's integrity and background as a Social worker and holding an MBA in Business rendered her uniquely experienced and qualified to govern a charity working with children and families. Up until her untimely passing Bernadette remained passionate about the work of Deansrath Family Centre and worked ardently to secure the solid and professional Board of Management that we have today. She believed that the expansion of Deansrath Family Centre was essential to ensuring that families and children would be supported and continue to be supported as their needs changed. Bernadette's passion, vision and spirit continues to inspire the work of all at Deansrath Family Centre.
Centre Director & Secretary to BoM
Tadhg McConnon ACMA, CGMA
Bernard Gilna, BArch MRIAI
Siobhán is director of Deansrath Family Centre. She has managed the Organisation for 15 years and overseen and directed the development of the Service from what was originally a 3 staff community pre school into what is now a recognised Centre of Excellence for the provision of integrated and holistic Family Support provision from Pregnancy to 18 years, serving a large catchment area. Previous to this post Siobhán worked with Family Services in Focus Ireland
Fiona is COO at Orreco Ltd, a sports & data science company. Prior to Orreco, Fiona was founder and CEO of an AR simulation business, which she took from market creation to exit. She has also held executive roles at Goldman Sachs and Diageo plc. She is a Chartered Director and serves on a number of commercial and not-for-profit boards.
Tadhg is Head Of Internal Audit at Vodafone Ireland. Prior to this, he was Associate Director - Business Risk Services at Grant Thornton.
A qualified finance professional with over 25 years of experience across a broad range of industries in a mix of both national and U.S. international organisations in a number of different countries. Specialist in internal audit, governance and operational/enterprise risk management.
Bernard Gilna is an award-winning architect with over 26 years of designs. He has worked in the UK, USA, Russia, France, Germany and Belgium as well as Ireland. He is an accredited passive house designer, chair of the RIAI sustainable task force and judge on the SEAI energy awards. He also taught in DIT and was external examiner in UCD school of Architecture.
He has won the RIAI gold medal award. He has been a member of the RIAI since 1992 and a member of the Institute of Designers of Ireland since 2015.
Yvonne Judge is a communications and content expert and an award winning RTE producer, broadcaster and journalist. A campaigner and trainer with RTE, Women On Air, Together For Yes, and Yes Equality. Politics, advocacy, sport and culture are specialties.
Winner National Newspaper Print Sports Journalist of the Year; PPI National Radio Awards Gold Medal, Producer The Marian Finucane Show, RTE Radio 1;New York World Radio Awards Silver Medal, Documentary Producer and Presenter, ‘Victim Number 1’ for RTE Radio 1 Doc on One.
Stephen is General Manager at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
He has a business and economics degree from Trinity College Dublin and a master’s in arts management. Prior to his current role, he worked at the Golden Pages for almost a decade and was manager of the Mill Theatre at Dundrum.
Deansrath Family Centre was established in 1994 as a pre-school service for children in an area of social deprivation.Its purpose was to provide early education and good nutrition to children from vulnerable families. In 2003, the HSE reviewed the Centre’s focus and a process of change was started which developed it from solely providing pre-school services to the innovative, high quality, holistic Family Centre that it is today. Since 2003, the Centre’s range of Services has grown extensively, as has its staff complement and funding / funding streams.The Centre covers a broad geographical area, including Southwest Clondalkin, Balgaddy, Clondalkin Village and Lucan
History and Background.
The Family Centre’s vision is of a greater Clondalkin area where families facing challenges with the development of their children can benefit from holistic support and guidance which enables them to meet those challenges effectively.
The Deansrath Family Centre’s mission is to create and deliver comprehensive, best practice quality services to meet the needs of families facing challenges with the development of their children so the children can realise their maximum potential.
To provide a range of quality, best practice services to children, young people, and their parents, carers and siblings so that they can realise their maximum potential.
To maintain and develop the Centre as a developmental and learning organisation.
.To ensure that the Centre’s premises are fit for purpose for the delivery of existing services and adequate to support the Centre’s ambition to become a centre of excellence.
.To become a centre of excellence for the delivery of early childhood and family support services in the context of a local community.
To promote the Centre and its work to its Funders, strategic allies and the wider community.