Judging Panel

Dr Amanda Phelan, Co-Director, NCPOP (Chairperson)

Ms Miriam Enright, Head of Operations, Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Ms Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare Programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation

Mr Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy & Communications, Age Action Ireland

Ms Susan Kent, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health

Ms Anne Marie Bennett, Senior Dietitian, Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (INDI)

Dr Amanda Phelan
Co-Director, NCPOP

Amanda is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems and Subject Head of Older Persons’ Nursing. From 2002-2010, she co-ordinated the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Public Health). She is currently programme co-ordinator for Older Person’s Care programmes. Amanda’s PhD was completed in 2010 and employed a discourse analysis framework to examine community nurses’ practice in elder abuse. In 2010, Amanda won a Royal Irish Academy mobility scholarship to travel to the United States and Canada to examine elder abuse screening tools. Amanda is also the Co-Director of the National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD and undertaken a number of research projects on the topic of elder abuse. Amanda holds the position of national representative for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and acts as Secretary of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses’ Association. Amanda has facilitated elder abuse healthcare training, has published in the area of elder abuse and been used as an expert on this topic in the media. Amanda is an editorial board member on the International Journal of Older People Nursing and a journal reviewer for international publications. Amanda also serves on the international research advisory committee for the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE), University of Toronto, Canada. Amanda’s edited book International Perspectives on Elder Abuse (Routledge) was published in March, 2013.

Miriam Enright
Head of Operations, Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI)

Miriam is currently Head of Operations within Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) overseeing the management and development of over 120 Dementia specific services across Ireland including daycare centres, homecare, respite, national Helpline, Dementia advisers etc. Prior to joining ASI in 2014, she gained extensive  experience in both the Not-For-Profit and Corporate Sectors over the past twenty five years. She has recently completed her second Master’s Degree, in Social Enterprise and Innovation at Dublin City University. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly in the areas of strategic planning and implementation, project management, teambuilding as well as systems, operations and process improvement.

Ms Marie Lynch
Head of Healthcare Programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation

Following her career as an occupational therapist, Marie Lynch worked as Regional Director for 7 years with the Irish Wheelchair Association where she also obtained her MSc. In 2007, Marie commenced employment with the Irish Hospice Foundation and in 2014 was made Head of Healthcare Programmes. Her work has focused on initiating programmes to support the development of palliative care for people with all life limiting diseases in all care settings. As well as having oversight with the IHF Residential Care Programme Journey of Change involving 100 residential care settings across Ireland, Marie has led out on the Palliative Care for All (non-cancer) Programme, the Hospice friendly Hospital programme, and the National Primary Palliative Care Programme.

Mr Justin Moran
Head of Advocacy and Communications , Age Action Ireland

Justin Moran is Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, which is a national organisation representing older people and a leading advocacy voice on ageing issues. Its vision is to make Ireland the best country in the world in which to grow old.

Prior to this he worked as a senior public affairs specialist for EirGrid, the State’s electricity transmission system operator, and as head of communications with Amnesty International, Ireland’s largest human rights organisation.

He is a graduate of Dublin City University, possessing a BA in Journalism and an MA in International Relations.

Ms Susan Kent
Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for Women’s Health & Primary Care Services, Department of Health

Susan has a nursing and midwifery career of 33 years. This has encompassed acute and community areas, primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. Susan also teaches on the Mary Seacole Programme (professional leadership programme) for the NHS. She was awarded the Nurses medal and Midwife of the year. Susan’s PhD studies are on Grandfathers in Ireland and are capturing their view in a snapshot of time. Susan has been described as a ‘Hybrid’ of nursing and midwifery with her extensive practice and academic experience.

Ms Anne Marie Bennett,
Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (INDI)

Anne Marie is currently in clinical practice in St. Mary’s hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin. She is secretary of the Older Persons and Dementia Interest Group (OPDIG) of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute (INDI) and in this role is actively involved in producing national nutrition resources relating to the Older Person and Dementia. She completed a Certificate in Management and Leadership in 2014 and has represented her professional body on numerous occasions, including the INDI representative on a HIQA advisory board addressing Nutrition and Hydration in acute hospitals in 2015/2016. Anne Marie’s special interest is research and service development and she is currently project lead on a year-long Food First Campaign in St. Mary’s hospital (2016-2017). She was involved in a multidisciplinary project to develop an algorithm in the effective prevention and management of constipation in older hospital in-patients, due for publication later this year. She is also clinical supervisor for a post graduate project to introduce a dietary intervention for the prevention of constipation for residents in a long stay unit, due to commence September 2017. She also supervises and mentors dietetic students from UCD and Trinity College.

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