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Meet The Team

Peter Brabazon

CEO & General Manager

Adie Bourke

Business Relationship Manager

Terry Gleeson

Strategy and Business Development Manager

Claudia Walker

Assessment and Support Executive

Disha Mandalia

Employment Training & Wellbeing Executive

Hilary Martin

Senior Administrator

Brian Rankin

Tax Advisor

Noreen Murphy

Operations Manager

Sinead O'Brien

Assessment and Support Executive

Aisling Murphy

Assessment and Support Executive

Rachael Riordan

Junior Assessment and Support Executive

Dr. Lara O'Muirithe

Senior Research Officer

Robert Cosgrove

Accountant

Board of Directors

Dr. Sheila Gilheany

Chair

Karen Ferris

Director

Peter McKenna

Director

John O’Connor

Director

Aidan Keogh

Director

Adam Harris

Patron

Peter Brabazon

CEO & General Manager

Peter Brabazon is CEO and General Manager, Specialisterne Ireland. Peter is a Dubliner, qualified as 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.

Adie Bourke

Business Relationship Manager

Adie is the Business Development Manager for Specialisterne Ireland. 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 creates and develops new relationships with potential business partners. She works with our existing partner companies helping them to develop and grow diverse teams.

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.

Terry Gleeson

Strategy and Business Development Manager

Terry is a Strategy and Business Development Manager. Terry leads our work to implement our Strategic Plan, enabling us to plan for future growth. Ensuring we evolve and develop to meet the needs of our candidates and our Business Partners. Terry has a BSc in Business and qualified as an accountant, she previously worked in finance, in the pharmaceutical sector.

Terry joined Specialisterne in 2018 initially working in Operations before moving to a Strategic role in 2021. Terry is passionate about working with neurodiverse individuals and helping them to reach their potential.

Claudia Walker

Assessment and Support Executive

Claudia is an Assessment and Support Executive with responsibility for assisting candidates with CV and Interview Skills development. Claudia works with candidates one-to-one to reach their professional potential in gaining and maintaining employment.

Claudia holds an MSc in Developmental Psychology. Claudia has a several years’ experience in various support roles such as an Assistant Psychologist and within the areas of Family Support, Adult Autism Services and Domestic Violence Services.

Disha Mandalia

Employment Training & Wellbeing Executive

Disha is the Training & Wellbeing Executive at Specialisterne Ireland. She holds a postgraduate degree in Psychiatry and a MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology. She is a BPS accredited Psychometric Test User, and a certified Wellness Coach. She has several years of professional experience in mental health, psychology, employee wellbeing and management. 

She provides on-going coaching to our candidates and their managers to ensure professional wellbeing and success of our candidates in their workplace. She conducts strengths-based assessments and also manages various funding projects. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities in nature, and socialising with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Hilary Martin

Senior Administrator

Hilary is the Senior Administrator with Specialisterne. Hilary has over 20 years’ experience working within the charitable sector & the HSE in the areas of Disability, Autism and Mental Health Services. She established and successfully operated Early Intervention Clinics in both Dublin and Wicklow, employing multi-disciplinary teams specialising in Psychology, Behaviour Support, Language & Social Skills Development.

Hilary manages the administrative function within Specialisterne Ireland covering Compliance, Training, HR and IT. Hilary holds a BSc.(Hons)Psychology and is also a qualified Chartered Insurer in Life, Pensions & Investments.

Noreen Murphy

Operations Manager

Noreen is the Operations Manager for Specialisterne Ireland and oversees the daily running of the company. She has a particular interest in the area of learning and development and is responsible for programme development and monitoring. 

Noreen has an MSc in Psychological Science, a Board Certification in Behaviour Science, a Diploma in Human Resource Management, and a Professional Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring.  She has several years of experience in third-level education as a course tutor and module coordinator for the Access programme and has conducted several years of research in the areas of neurodiversity and communication. 

Sinead O'Brien

Assessment and Support Executive

Sinéad is an Assessment & Support Executive responsible for assisting candidates with CV development, interview preparation and continued support through employment. She is also involved in running the mentorship programme where Specialisterne connects mentors with candidates to provide a uniquely dynamic learning partnership.

Sinéad comes from a psychology background having completed an MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology. Previous to this, she completed a BA in Psychology and Sociology. Sinéad completed Front Line Management training with the Irish Management Institute during her time in Specialisterne. Her short-term work as a special needs assistant sparked her interest in neurodiversity.

Aisling Murphy

Assessment and Support Executive

Aisling is an Assessment and Support Executive who works one-to-one with candidates on CV building, interview skill development and provides ongoing support to candidates in employment. Aisling is also part of the social media team, creating content for distribution across Specialisterne Ireland’s social media platforms.

Aisling holds a BSc in Occupational Therapy and a PgCert in Health Promotion & Workplace Wellness. Aisling previously worked with Accenture, providing employees with ergonomic assessments and workplace assessments for employees with disabilities. This role sparked Aisling’s passion for neurodiversity, particularly in supporting neurodivergent individuals to reach their professional potential.

Rachael Riordan

Junior Assessment and Support Executive

Rachael is a Junior Assessment and Support Executive and supports candidates through CV building and interview skills development. She works with our candidates on a one-to-one basis to support them through employment. Rachael is also a member of Specialisterne’s social media team, involved in the creation and production of content across all social media platforms.

She holds a BSc in Psychology Through Science and a MSc in Applied Psychology. Previously, Rachael worked with autistic children and adults at a preschool and adult day service setting. This sparked Rachael’s passion for working with, and supporting those with additional needs.

Dr. Lara O'Muirithe

Senior Research Officer

Lara is a Senior Research Officer. Her role in Specialisterne Ireland covers leading research and policy analysis, which has various applications, including designing and delivering training for staff and stakeholders. She, with the CEO, is responsible for developing and writing grants. Additionally, she works on strategic planning.

Lara is a researcher for Specialisterne Ireland’s first international cooperation, the ‘Neurodiversity at Work’ Erasmus+ Project, co-funded by the European Union. She was elected the national representative for Ireland in the Quality Monitoring and Evaluation Committee within this consortium. 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.’