Meet the Team

Peter Brabazon

Peter Brabazon

CEO & General Manager

Peter Brabazon, CEO and General Manager, Specialisterne Ireland.

Peter is a Dubliner, and an electrical engineer with a diploma in Business Strategy. He is married with three sons, one of whom has Asperger autism.

In 2012 after 35 years in communications, industrial energy conservation and education Peter became a founder and the General Manager of Specialisterne Ireland, CLG, a social enterprise company and charity.

Noreen Murphy

Noreen Murphy

Operations Manager

Noreen is the operations lead for Specialisterne Ireland and is responsible for assessing candidate needs, working with candidates on an individual basis to develop skills necessary for employment and providing ongoing support to candidates in the workplace

Noreen has a background in psychology and has completed an MSc in Psychological Science. She has several years of experience in the area of research and implementation of interventions to improve communication skills in people on the autism spectrum.

Adie Bourke

Adie Bourke

Lead Assessment and Support Executive, Dormant Funds

Adie is the Lead Assessment and Support Executive for the Dormant Funds Programme. Adie is responsible for promoting employment opportunities for candidates as well as the assessment of candidate needs. She oversees the CV review process and works with candidates to develop skills for employment and supports them to move closer towards employment opportunities.

Adie has a background in Psychology and has completed an MSc in Social Policy. She has previous experience working with both adults and children on the autism spectrum and supporting them to reach their full potential.

Disha Mandalia

Disha Mandalia

Employment Training & Well-being Executive

Disha is responsible for providing on-going support to our candidates, their managers and mentors to ensure smooth transition of candidates into their new organisational roles and to make it a successful experience for both. She also looks after the administration of Specialisterne Ireland.

Disha has completed a postgraduate degree in Psychiatry and an MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology. She has several years of experience in the field of psychology; working as a Special Needs Assistant, Counsellor and a Trainer.

Terry Gleeson

Terry Gleeson

Support Executive

Terry supports our candidates in the Munster region. She is responsible for the assessment of candidate needs, working with them on a one to one basis to aid them to develop skills for employment. She provides on-going support for our candidates placed in employment roles to make the experience a positive one for all involved.

Terry has a BSc in Business and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She worked in finance in the Pharmaceutical industry before moving into the training and recruitment sectors.

Susan Cullen

Susan Cullen

Support Executive

Susan is responsible for supporting candidates to settle into their new employment roles in partner companies. She also provides ongoing support to both our candidates and their managers to make sure that the experience is a positive one for all involved.

Susan has a strong background in Psychology, Recruitment and Life Coaching. She also has several years of experience employed in HR roles which informs her engagement with candidates and businesses.

Lara O’Muirithe

Lara O’Muirithe

Research and Business Communications Executive

Lara supports the CEO by providing evidence-based solutions for Specialisterne Ireland. She also collaborates across the team. Her primary duties - rooted in research - cover strategy implementation, grant writing, designing staff training guides/briefs, and policy analysis.

Lara received her PhD in Literature from Trinity College Dublin, where she worked as a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholar, funded by the Irish Research Council. An experienced instructor, she has tutored at universities.

Frank Holt

Frank Holt

Co-Founder of Specialisterne Ireland CLG 2012.

Frank, an Accountant, worked with the Musgrave Group for more than 20 years as Financial Controller, IT systems Development and Business Development Manager. He is an experienced Management Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in project management particularly in the social enterprise sector. Frank served as a Director, Company Secretary and Financial Controller of Specialisterne CLG from 2013 to 2020 and was an integral part of the development of the company. Frank retired from the Specialisterne Ireland board in 2020 to concentrate on the development of Specialisterne Ireland in the Cork and Munster region.

David Kelly

David Kelly

Assessment and Support Executive

David is responsible for assessing candidate suitability for employment and supporting individuals with additional needs to seek, gain and maintain employment.

David possesses a B.Sc. and M.Sc. Degree in Behavioural Psychology, as well as a PG.Dip. in Learning, Training & Development.

David comes from a Behaviour Support Background and has extensive work experience in HR & Training roles also.

Sinéad O’Brien

Sinéad O’Brien

Assessment and Support Executive

Sinéad comes from a psychology background having completed an MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology. Her short-term work as a special needs assistant sparked her interest in neurodiversity.

Sinéad will be responsible for assisting candidates with CV development, interview preparation and continued support through employment.

Imogen McNally

Imogen McNally

Assessment and Support Executive

Imogen is responsible for supporting candidates through building CVs, interview preparation and providing support throughout employment.

Imogen has recently graduated with an MSc in psychological Science. She has experience within a retail role and childcare, through which her ability to support those with additional needs has flourished.

Brian Willis

Brian Willis

IT Support

Brian is a recent BSc Computer Science graduate from DIT and is skilled in the areas of Software and Web Development. He is responsible for providing IT support to the Specialisterne Ireland team. Brian is also responsible for the redesign and upkeep of the Specialisterne Ireland website as well as for producing graphic and video content for our online presence.