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Helen McEntee, TD  

Minister for Justice, Department of Justice


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Paula Hilman

Assistant Commissioner Roads Policing & Community Engagement

Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman had 34 years’ policing experience with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) before joining An Garda Síochána in May 2020.  As Assistant Commissioner for Roads Policing & Community Engagement she has responsibility for the National Roads Policing Bureau, the National Youth Diversion Bureau, the National Community Engagement Bureau, Public Order and Major Event’s policy.
Previously as a Detective Chief Superintendent Paula was in charge of PSNI’s Public Protection Branch. Paula was Chair of the Strategic Management Board which oversees Public Protection Arrangements for Northern Ireland.  In June 2019 Paula was elected the first female President of the Superintendents Association for Northern Ireland, the staff association that represents the Superintending ranks within PSNI.
Paula is a Strategic Firearms Commander and Gold Public Order Commander with extensive experience in operational policing in Northern Ireland.  In 2013 Paula was awarded an MBE for services to Policing and the Community.

Alana joined WHO in 2006 and was the Coordinator for the Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR) until 2014 where she led the development of such landmark resources as the WHO Global disability action plan 2014–2021: Better health for all people with disability (2014), The International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (2013), the World report on disability (2011) and the Guidelines on community-based rehabilitation (2010) amongst many others. She has earned a number of awards for her contribution to disability and rehabilitation and is a member of several editorial boards for scientific journals. She joined the Department of Ageing and Life Course in July 2014 to lead the development of the World report on ageing and health, which was published in October 2015 and to support the development of the Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health.
In January 2020, Alana became the head of a new unit in WHO on Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing (DHA). In this role she coordinates the Secretariat for the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing—a global collaboration to improve the lives of older people, their families and communities—as well as the related knowledge Platform on ageing. Alana continues to oversee the Organization’s work on age-friendly physical and social environments, including the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities and the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism.


Alana Officer
Unit Head, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing, World Health Organisation

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Thomas Grey
Dip.Arch.B.Arch.Sci.MArch – Research Fellow, TrinityHaus, Trinity College Dublin

Tom holds a degree in architecture from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Masters in architecture (Sustainability of the Built Environment) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Following 10 years in practice working on projects in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the US and NZ. Tom joined TrinityHaus Research Centre in TCD as a Research Fellow in 2009. Since then he has undertaken a variety of urban design and building design research projects examining how people-centred design can support human performance, health, well-being and social participation. Much of this work focuses on age-friendly and dementia-inclusive communities, hospitals, long term care settings, housing, and gardens. This work is underpinned by Universal Design and participatory design and co-creation processes.

Áine Brady is CEO of Third Age, an organisation that works with, for and on behalf of older people. Third Age was established in 1988, and over the years has grown into a national organisational network of projects and programmes that celebrate the contribution of older people and support their autonomy. Respect for and the social inclusion of older people is embedded in our philosophy.All our programmes are delivered by trained older volunteers acknowledging their ongoing role in society and their continuing role to their communities.
Áine previously served as a Government TD, and Minister of State for Health Promotion and Older People and a primary school teacher. Consistently active in the community, Áine has a particular interest in promoting the civic engagement of older people. Áine’s current memberships of boards and committees include: Council of Patrons; Special Olympics Ireland; Meals On Wheels Clane CLG; Soroptimists International North Kildare.

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Aine Brady
Chief Executive officer, Third Age

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Ciarán McKinney
Engage Programme Manager, Age & Opportunity

Ciarán McKinney has been with Age & Opportunity since 2009 and manages the Engage programme, promoting active citizenship and lifelong learning. He delivers training and facilitation to the public and private sectors and the community and voluntary sectors in age awareness, building resilience through life transitions, ageing with confidence, and various civic engagement courses. He is currently the lead on a Europe for Citizens funded programme “Get Engaged” with partners in Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Spain and he is a member of the Council of Administration at AGE Platform Europe.
Ciarán has worked in the charity sector since 1984, both in Ireland and the UK. Prior to Age & Opportunity, Ciarán worked for many years in sexual health services in London and Ireland and with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network as Director of Gay HIV Strategies.
He is Chair of Gay Health Network , a sexual health programme for men who have sex with men, and vice-Chair of BeLonG To, a national youth organisation for LGBTI+ young people in Ireland.
Ciarán has a Degree in Social Science and a Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality.

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