Brain Tumour Ireland was founded in 2012 by a small group of people caring for a family member who was sadly lost to a Brain Tumour.
As a national organisation our aim is to continue to fight the battle against the disease in her honour. Through Brain Tumour Ireland (The Ronnie Fehily Foundation) we hope to create a place where people can come for information, guidance and comfort. A place to learn what to expect and a community to provide support.
As a fully registered member of the Charities Regulator, Brain Tumour Ireland is compliant with all rules and regulations concerning fundraising, both online and traditional.
Brain Tumour Ireland
Registered Charity Number: 20102128
CHY Number: 20506
Brain Tumour Ireland envisions a society where all people affected by brain tumours are treated with dignity and respect, and have access to effective treatment, quality services and up-to-date information.
Brain Tumour Ireland’s mission is to provide information and support to people with brain tumours, their carers/family/friends, as well as to medical and other relevant professionals. We aim to raise awareness of brain tumours, and advocate for Ireland to be a world leader in brain tumour research, diagnosis, treatment and care.
To raise awareness of and promote education about Brain Tumours.
To provide information and support to Brain Tumour patients and their families/friends.
Fiona Keegan was appointed National Coordinator of Brain Tumour Ireland in March 2017. She has a background in psychotherapy and has worked for over 15 years in the voluntary sector, supporting vulnerable people and their families.
Fiona’s previous role involved working with a charity where she developed the support services available for people living with chronic conditions in Ireland. Fiona’s primary role within Brain Tumour Ireland is to build on the work which has already started in providing first-class support services for people with a brain tumour and their families and carers.
Peter Cosgrove is the Chair of Brain Tumour Ireland. Peter is Managing Director of Futurewise, a future of work insights company and he is an expert on the world of work.
He has experience in the Banking, Management Consulting and Staffing industries. Peter is also on the Board of the mental health charity Aware and on the steering committee of the 30% Club. He is former President of the National Recruitment Federation and former Chairman of Junior Achievement. Peter has published two books aimed at helping families take time off their digital devices.
Kerry Morgan is a barrister from Dublin with over 18 years’ experience advising commercial and individual clients in a varied civil legal practice.
She is on the Finance and Governance and the Research Funding working groups of Brain Tumour Ireland and looks forward to helping the charity make an impact in not just the everyday lives of those living with brain tumours and their families but also in channeling research so that progress can be made in the future diagnosis and treatment options available.
Padraig Leahy is a Chartered Accountant with more than 35 years of experience within the accountancy profession. Padraig has worked at Financial Controller level in a variety of national and international organisations since 1990.
Padraig’s understanding and passion for the care and support of people with acute brain injuries stems from his personal experience. Padraig is responsible for Financial management, control and reporting of Brain Tumour Ireland and for the development and implementation of financial policies and procedures.
Natasha Smith is one of a number of family members who set up Brain Tumour Ireland as a result of the loss of her mother Ronnie in 2012. Since then Natasha has worked tirelessly to raise funds and awareness of brain tumours.
Natasha who was previously the Chair of Brain Tumour Ireland now serves on the Fundraising and Support Committees of the charity. She attends many events to promote the Charity and liaises with our Patrons. Natasha works as an SEN Coordinator in a second-level school.
Holly is a parent representative on the Board of Brain Tumour Ireland. She feels very passionate about advocating for paediatric brain tumours, both for the child and family, particularly in the area of aftercare.
Since her daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016, Holly has been active in bringing awareness to the issue of paediatric brain tumours, and along with her family has taken part in a number of charity events helping to raise money for both children’s hospitals.
Brendan McGarry has over 30 years of commercial experience operating in Sales Director / Country Manager roles within the Petroleum, Automotive and Packaging sectors here in Ireland.
Serving on the Fundraising and Support Committees of the charity, Brendan hopes to assist and enhance the organisation’s ongoing fundraising efforts, helping to build the resources required to provide essential support to those living with brain tumours and their families.
Eloise, who is originally from New Zealand, is a nurse manager in Beaumont Hospital. She has over 20 years of experience in Neurosurgical nursing, providing support and education to patients with Brain tumours and their families. Eloise has a strong belief in patient centred care and advocates for improving quality and access for the patient and family.
Caroline is our patient representative on the Board. Caroline was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 10.
Caroline has worked for over 20 years in the childcare industry including Montessori teaching and 12 years as a Special Needs Assistant in a school for children with an intellectual disability.
Caroline has been involved with Brain Tumour Ireland from the beginning with her main interest supporting patients and their families. Caroline also likes to get involved in organising events for Brain Tumour Ireland, both informative and social with a main goal being to get support groups set up nationwide.