Meet the Team

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Gráinne O'Leary
Chief Executive

DutiesResponsible for the strategic development and growth of the organisation, financial and project management, managing stakeholder relationships, and providing leadership to the staff and volunteer team.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: Spending as much time as possible with my husband and 2 young children, especially in the outdoors!

Contact: Phone (01) 647 0201 or email 



Nathalie Peyret 

PA to CEO & Office Manager

DutiesResponsible for the efficient running of the office.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: I enjoy keeping healthy through pilates, yoga classes and I love travelling.

Contact: Phone (01) 661 8188 or email 



Michelle Mallon
Services Manager

Duties: Developing and delivering education, training programmes and services at a local and national level to increase our capacity to provide more services in the community for people living with arthritis. Managing the promotion and development of self-management and physical activity programmes.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: I enjoy reading, eating good food and exploring Europe. I spend as much time as possible with my family and friends.

Contact: Phone 01 647 0205, mobile 086 775 8813 or email


Brian Lynch 
Head of Communications & Advocacy

Duties: Achieving greater awareness and understanding of arthritis and the work of Arthritis Ireland in service provision, research, advocacy and fundraising. Media contact point.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: Passionate about music and books, getting out on the bike and supporting the Waterford hurlers, the perennial champions of hope.

Contact: Phone 01 647 0203, mobile 086 185 7529 or email



Shane Downer
Account Manager

Duties: Responsible for growing Arthritis Ireland’s income, identifying and developing new relationships, nurturing partnerships with individuals and organisations, and championing arthritis as a cause worth supporting.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: Finding the occasional fairway, exploring Spain, creatively writing and of most importance, being with family and learning with and from my two daughters.

Contact: Phone 01 647 0209, mobile 086 816 3772 or email




Svetlana Kushnirenko
Programme Administrator & Data Support

Duties: Responsible for the administration of Arthritis Ireland programmes and events and maintenance of databases.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: I enjoy going to the cinema, the National Concert Hall and cultural blogging in Russian.

Contact: Phone (01) 647 0206 or email  



Eleanor Ui FhiannachtaEleanor Uí Fhiannachta
Community Support Officer

Duties: Supporting and developing our community-based volunteer network and developing stronger programmes to reach out to more people with arthritis.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: Loves travelling, to meet new people and experience new cultures and different food. Also enjoys being outdoors, baking, reflexology and going to the cinema.

Contact: Phone 01 647 0204 or email


Róisín Whelan
Services Support Officer

DutiesA qualified psychotherapist, I use this experience to offer support to those living with arthritis and their families through the helpline and various other channels.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: I enjoy the simple things in life: walking, eating nice food, practicing mindfulness and spending time with my friends and family.

Contact: Phone (01) 647 0202 or email  



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