Engaging Dementia has an independent board of management, which consists of 8 volunteers who do not get any remuneration for their work.

Cora O’Farrell


Cora is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) with a variety of experiences in practice and industry across Accounting & Finance, Consultancy, Strategy, Organisational Effectiveness and Change. Cora joined Engaging Dementia as a board member in 2016, and has been leading the board as chair since 2019. She is also part of our Finance Sub-committee and involved in other charities such as being a member of the Irish Red Cross and on their Audit & Risk Committee.

Cliodhne Hamilton


Cliodhne is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants and a member of the Institute of Directors. Cliodhne has extensive experience in practice and industry in Accounting &  Finance, Governance &  Strategy. Cliodhne joined the Board of Engaging Dementia in 2012 and also sits on our Finance Sub-Committee. She is involved in a number of community & sporting organisations and sits on their committees on a volunteer basis, advising on finance and governance.

Aileen Lennon

Aileen has worked in IT for over 25 years and latterly in the cloud implementation arena since 2008. She is an experienced Program Manager, with a particular emphasis on governance, policies, and procedures. She has implemented cloud solutions for many Non-Profit organisations across the globe and has a keen interest in data management & retention. She is also a Scout Leader and heads up the National Development Team for all Scout Centres in Ireland on a volunteer basis. She started working with Engaging Dementia in 2009, before joining the Board in 2016.

Dr. Mary Prendergast

Dr. Mary Prendergast, recently retired Head of Department and Lecturer in the Technological University Dublin has lectured and researched in the areas of Human Resource Management, International HRM, Managing Cultural Diversity, Health and Safety Management and Management Studies.  Mary has a Masters in Health and Safety from Dublin City University and a Doctorate in Social Science from the University of Leicester.  Mary has designed, developed and validated a range of programmes in the School of Management in TU Dublin for delivery in the University and for Corporate Clients.  She is External Examiner for Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. She served as  Chair of the HR Sub-committee on the Board of the North Leinster Citizens Information Services group from 2018-2019.

Cathleen Hartnett

Cathleen is a consultant quality assurance advisor working in the further education and training sector. She has worked in senior administrative, business development and advisory roles in the public, private and community voluntary sector for over thirty years. Cathleen works with clients in the design and implementation of fit-for-purpose, complaint and context-specific governance system and procedures.  Cathleen works as a volunteer with Cope Galway and with a number of other community voluntary groups locally in Galway. Cathleen joined the Board of Engaging Dementia in 2021 and is also a member of the Programme Development Sub-Committee (a sub-committee of the Board)

Monica Caffrey-Blount

Monica joined us in 2020. This is her first board appointment since developing an interest in governance during her MBA in University of Limerick. She has 11 years of broad clinical experience and currently works as a Clinical Nurse Manager 2 in North County Dublin as Community Outreach Liaison.

Governance Code

Engaging Dementia is compliant with the Governance Code, which is the code of practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. More information on the code can be found at www.governancecode.ie

Find information on Engaging Dementia (formerly Sonas apc) on the Charities Regulator’s website, at www.charitiesregulator.ie

Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public

Engaging Dementia abides by the Charities Regulator’s Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public. Engaging Dementia ensures that all fundraising is in line with these guidelines, and has adopted internal policies and procedures to ensure this.


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