TERRY DIGNAN

Terry Dignan has lived in Naas for almost 20 years, having been born and reared in Lucan.

His background is in education, and he taught at second level in Leixlip Community School and The Salesian College in Celbridge before moving into special education.

For the past twenty years his work has focused on children and families with special and additional needs both here in Ireland and internationally. He was formerly Director of Programmes at Barretstown and is currently CEO of EPIC, a charity organisation which supports children and young people in care.  He has gained extensive experience of governance and policy development through membership of a number of Boards and Committees.

Terry is currently a member of the Board of the Kildare County Childcare Committee and also a member of the Board of Don Bosco Care Ireland. He has more than 20 years’ experience working at executive and Board level in both the statutory and voluntary sectors in Ireland and abroad. These roles include being former Chairperson of Homestart Ireland, CEO of the Sheredar Foundation, and a Director of Trinity Consultants.

“Across my career I have been fortunate enough to lead a number of innovative international crisis relief projects including the Beslan School siege, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. I developed rehabilitation and leadership programmes for children and youth whose lives are affected by conflict. Through my professional career I have campaigned on a wide range of local and national community based issues e.g. I initiated a national campaign to extend mandatory Garda vetting to all community and voluntary organizations in Ireland. I also successfully advocated for the recognition of Therapeutic Recreation as an appropriate intervention for children with special needs and its inclusion in the Irish government’s National Play and Recreation policies 2007. Through my involvement in a number of local and national voluntary and community organisations, I believe I have a very good understanding of the economic and social challenges that the people of Naas are facing. I feel I can offer a new and fresh approach to helping to support the development of the town of Naas.”

PHONE : 087 2370269
EMAIL : terencedignan@gmail.com
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/DignanTerry