Board of Directors

The Current Women's Aid Board of Directors are: 

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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.



Dr Salome Mbugua

SalomeResearcher, gender equality activist and human right advocate, Dr Salome Mbugua is a commissioner for Irish Human Rights and has over 20 years’ experience of working with under-represented groups in particular women, children, and the youth, in Europe, Africa and internationally. Founder of Wezesha and AkiDwA-The migrant women’s network where she works as the head of operation and strategy.

Her strong belief in equality and justice has shaped her career, leading to engagement with policy makers in Ireland, Europe and international level. She serves at various advisory committee, expert groups and boards in Ireland and at European level. She is the co-president of European Network of migrant women and seats in the expert group on violence against women with European Women Lobby, seat on EU expert group on economic migration. In Sept 2018 she was appointed by Tánaiste to chair the working group developing Ireland 3rd National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security. She serves as  the chair of Equality Diversity & Inclusion project board for Public Appointment Services. She is 2015 OHCHR-UN Fellow of people of African Descent and 2010 Eisenhower Fellow on women Leadership


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. 


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.