Our Team

CPI is run by a Governing Body, most of whom live with chronic pain. The Governing Body is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of CPI.   All are volunteers with a range of skills and expertise from financial, legal and business backgrounds.

Deirdre Ryan - Governing Body Member
Deirdre Ryan
Chairperson. Wealth of professional experience beginning in fine arts & the insurance industry in various roles including professional development

Currently completing her studies as a Psychotherapist & Counsellor and plays an active volunteering role within the mental health sector. 

Martina Phelan Vice Chairperson
Martina Phelan
Treasurer & Secretary

With over 15 years experience in Accounts and payroll in many varying industries, Martina has lived with chronic pain for over 30 years due to a birth defect and is no longer able to work.

Olivia Sheil CPI Governing Body Member
Olivia Sheil
Governing Body Member. MSc, Dip in Ed, EUPATI Fellow, Irish Patient and Disability Advocate. Eight years professional experience in Industrial Research and Development.

 Eight years experience in Education. Has held Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretarial roles in community & voluntary organisations for over twenty years. Recently qualified EUPATI fellow.

Gwen Kennedy
Governing Body Member

Lives with Chronic Pain (Fibromyalgia and Trigeminal neuralgia) since 2014. Senior care worker for ten years & has Higher Certificate in Advocacy Studies, BTEC Diploma in Social care.  Has volunteered with a range of organisations promoting Disability, Mental Health, LGBT and Rare Disease

Linda Jones
Linda Jones
Governing Body Member

Linda plays a significant role in the charity and brings a wealth of financial expertise having been employed in the financial sector for many years.  Linda is currently working full-time for a well respected organisation as a Group Financial Advisor. 


Christina Donnelly
Christina Donnelly
Staff National Co-Ordinator. Over 17 years managerial experience in the educational sector including finance, project, office and event management.

 Working with CPI since 2008 with responsiblities including office management, support services, helpline and event management.   She is also a Board Member of the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups.