Deirdre Casey, Chief Operations Officer

Deirdre Casey, Chief Operations Officer

Deirdre has extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector and has a track record of successfully running and developing NGOs and supporting others through national and international associations to provide services for vulnerable people. She has significant experience of working with and reporting to Boards and also sitting on Boards of Directors. Her qualifications include a Social Science degree, an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice, an Advanced Diploma in Human Rights and Equality and additional qualifications in people management and advocacy. She is also a graduate of the Common Purpose, Meridian Senior Leadership Programme. She is interested in social justice issues and was one of Development Perspectives’, Sustainable Development Goals Advocates in 2018.

Deidre led and developed the Citizens Information Centres in Dublin City Centre for many years and was responsible for a large team working from several locations. The service, which provides information, advice and advocacy support to marginalised people, grew and developed considerably during this time and very large numbers of vulnerable people have been supported in accessing their rights and entitlements. She was also proactive in facilitating access to many Specialist Services for clients including Free Legal Avice, Interpretation and Remote Sign Language Interpreting for people with communication difficulties. The City Centre services’ commitment to excellence and impact was recognised by a Role Model Award from the European Foundation for Quality Management. 

She has been responsible for managing multiple projects and has highlighted social policy issues in conjunction with other NGOs to successfully effect positive changes in policy. Deirdre has worked and volunteered overseas and as international representative for many years, she supported the development of Citizens Advice/Free Legal Aid services in other jurisdictions, particularly in Bosnia and Albania.

She is enjoying working with IASLT and is keen to support and further the interests of Speech and Language Therapists, in providing high quality services to meet the needs of people with communication, eating and swallowing difficulties. She wants to ensure that SLT services are available for all of those who need them, as and when they need them. She would like to further strengthen the voice of IASLT, which will in turn give a voice to those with communication difficulties.

She would also like to see communication difficulties, which impact on every aspect of a person’s life being addressed in a meaningful way both nationally and globally, in line with the objectives and targets set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Her door is always open to listen to the views and concerns of IASLT members.

Email: iaslt.coo@gmail.com Tel: (086) 107 2449