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

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 trainee. 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 and voluntary organisations for over twenty years. Currently studying the EUPATI expert training course.

Gwen Kennedy
Governing Body Member
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.