Board of Directors

The Current Women's Aid Board of Directors are: 

SuzannSHandley Photoe Handle

Suzanne in skilled in Finance, Management Accounting, Governance and Organizational Development. 

She is an experienced Finance Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the not-for-profit and private sectors over the past twenty-five years.




Maura McLaughlinMcLaughlin Maura HS (White)

Maura is a partner in a Dublin law firm, and has 20 years’ experience advising public and private companies, as well as public sector bodies, on all aspects of company law and a wide range of commercial matters, including investments, financings and acquisition/disposal transactions.




Rachel Mullen Rachel

Rachel is an independent consultant on equality and diversity issues with over twenty-five years’ experience working with and leading organisations to address inequality, gender-based violence and human rights concerns.

She is a Fellow with the Social Change Initiative and co-founder of Values Lab, an initiative supporting values-led institutional and social change.

Rachel has a particular interest and passion for supporting organisations and coalitions to develop a values-led approach to their work.


Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill

Niamh HeadshotNiamh is a psychologist in clinical training with Trinity College Dublin and the HSE. She has a background in teaching and working in third sector organisations in the areas of adult mental health, and LGBT domestic violence and sexual violence. She has a keen interest in research and her research interests include LGBT disclosures of sexual violence, and the function of affect regulation in substance use. Niamh feels strongly about empowering  people from individual and systemic perspectives and she seeks to use her personal and professional experience to advocate for change in the areas of mental health and access to rights such as housing, education, healthcare etc. Niamh has given her voice publicly to issues of sexual consent, repealing the 8th amendment, and trauma and recovery from sexual and domestic violence. 


Jennie O'Reilly Jennie OReilly WA web

Jennie has over 20 years communications, marketing, and branding experience in the private, public and non-profit sector.  

She was previously CEO of Bodywhys – the Eating Disorders Association.

Jennie previously served two terms as a Board Director with Ruhama.  She has a keen interest in gender equality and is passionate about supporting women to make the best decisions for themselves.  



Ailbhe Smyth (Chair)Ailbhe Smyth Photo Mark Stedman

Ailbhe Smyth is a long-time campaigner on feminist, LGBT and other social issues. Most recently, she played a leading role in the marriage equality referendum campaign in 2015, and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment.

She was the founding head of Women’s Studies at UCD where she lectured for many years.   




Company Secretary: Mary O'Connor

Mary O'ConnorMary joined Women’s Aid in 2018.  She is Organisational Administrator and Company Secretary. 

In 2018, Mary achieved an MSc in Equality Studies from UCD and holds a post graduate qualification in Business Studies. 

She has extensive client management experience in the corporate world and combines this with a desire to work for social justice and change, particularly with regard to women’s equality.