Active Disability Ireland CEO Niamh Daffy to step down

Niamh Daffy, CEO

What a month it has been for Active Disability Ireland. Our recent rebrand and the unveiling of our new strategic plan have been met with such positive feedback and we would like to thank everyone for their encouragement and support. It has been a truly transformative period for our organisation as we set out on this new journey, driving meaningful change to help to build a more inclusive society to enhance sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

In times of transformation also come times of change and next month, our CEO Niamh Daffy will be stepping down from her role at Active Disability Ireland after 15 wonderful years of outstanding service and dedication to the organisation.

During her tenure, Niamh has been the driving force behind the successful and positive change brought about by Active Disability Ireland to enhance accessible physical and sporting opportunities across Ireland. Niamh has led the organisation in the expansion of accessible programmes, forging vital partnerships, raising awareness and advocating for inclusive policies.

Niamh’s drive and vision to establish the organisation as an influential force for change in Ireland has been outstanding and the achievements of the organisation to date are testament to Niamh’s commitment and vision. Niamh has built the organisation to thrive on the solid foundation it sits on today with an experienced and ambitious team striving for success.

In the coming weeks, Active Disability Ireland will appoint an Interim CEO who will lead the organisation with the support of the Board during the period of appointing a new CEO.

Speaking about the mark Niamh has made on Active Disability Ireland, Chairperson Jon Morgan, said, “We can’t thank Niamh enough for everything she has done for Active Disability Ireland over the past 15 years. Niamh’s leadership and unwavering commitment has developed and strengthened Active Disability Ireland to lead much needed change for people with disabilities. From myself and the Board of Active Disability Ireland, we would like to wish Niamh the very best of success in her new role as she continues on her mission to make changes for the better for people with disabilities.”

Looking fondly upon the last 15 years at Active Disability Ireland, Niamh Daffy said, “Active Disability Ireland has been a huge and important part of my life and I consider myself really fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful colleagues and board members over the years to achieve a vision of creating an Ireland where people with disabilities have equal opportunities to be active”.

“My time in Active Disability Ireland has been hugely rewarding both professionally and personally, I have learned so much from so many people, been fortunate to cultivate some wonderful friendships and I will carry the values that represent Active Disability Ireland with me into the future”.

“With a new strategy and ambitious 10-year vision, it’s a really exciting time for new energy and fresh perspective to take over to bring Active Disability Ireland to the next level.  I look forward to seeing the organisation continue to grow, inspire and make a difference over the coming years and I would like to wish the team, Board of Directors and all stakeholders and partners every success”.

“I’m delighted to share with you that I will be remaining in the field of advancing the human rights agenda, continuing to make a difference for people with disabilities. I will be joining Fáilte Ireland as their Inclusive Tourism Manager, working to influence and shape the future of inclusive tourism in Ireland”.