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 




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, books and radio; 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




Bronwen MaherBronwen Maher
Services Manager

Duties: Responsible for the development and delivery of education and training programmes, and Arthritis Ireland services.

Outside Arthritis Ireland: I enjoy walking my dogs, spending time with my family, and for relaxation, I especially enjoy reading crime novels.

Contact: Phone (01) 647 0205 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



Denis RyanDenis Ryan
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: Writing, psychotherapy, hiking in the wilds of West Cork, good food, music and laughter.

Contact: Phone 01 647 0206 or email


Peter Boyd

Peter Boyd
Services Support Officer

Duties: Supporting the Services Manager in the delivery of Arthritis Ireland’s services and programmes, with particular emphasis on managing the Arthritis Ireland helpline and peer-to-peer network. 

Outside Arthritis Ireland: I spend my time reading, writing (the long-awaited second novel is due), learning about history, cooking and if there’s two teams playing a game (any sport), I’ll be watching.

Contact: Phone 01 647 0202, email


Áine McKenna

Fundraising Executive

Duties: Responsible for developing and organising activities to raise funds for Arthritis Ireland. 

Outside Arthritis Ireland: I am an avid reader and like to write short stories. I have a passion for all things weddings and am an active wedding and family celebrant on the weekends. I also enjoy swimming and adult ballet. 

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



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