Our staff

You can contact any member of our staff by sending an email to info@paralympics.ie

The CEO position is currently vacant.

Sport Department

David Malone

Dave MalonePerformance Director

Dave became Head of Paralympic Swimming in July 2009. Prior to this, he competed for Ireland at four Paralympic Games, winning medals in his favoured 100m backstroke event at Atlanta 1996 (silver), Sydney 2000 (gold) and Athens 2004 (silver). As team manager at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Dave led a highly successful team of six swimmers to two gold medals and a host of Personal Bests. Dave was appointed Performance Director of Paralympics Ireland in early 2015 and is now the operational lead of Paralympics Ireland’s Sport Department.

James Nolan

James NolanHead of Paralympic Athletics

James became head of Paralympic Athletics in April 2010 after enjoying a distinguished athletics career, winning 800/1500m silver at the European Indoor Championships in 2000 and competing at two Olympic Games (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004). As Athletics team manager for the London 2012 Games, James led the team of ten to four gold, one silver and one bronze medals, and continues to lead the programme to Rio 2016.





Niamh BuffiniPerformance Operations Manager

Niamh joined Paralympics Ireland in the summer of 2016 as our new Performance Operations Manager. She came to the organization from Taekwondo Ireland and has a long history of working in the field of sport, having also previously worked with inter-county GAA stars and a number of elite athletes. She has participated in sport for the last 17 years and also holds a 5th degree master in the sport of WTF Taekwondo. She is currently the highest-ranking female practitioner of the sport in Ireland and has also coached for the last ten years. She is a nationally qualified Strength and Conditioning coach, and also holds an honours degree in Sport Science and Health from IT Tallaght, where she majored in Exercise Physiology in her final year.



Hayley Burke

Hayley BurkePara-swimming Operations Manager

Hayley joined Paralympics Ireland in February 2015, having previously worked as a volunteer for the Paralympics Ireland Swim Team as a coach since 2011. Hayley was part of the hugely successful Irish team at the London 2012 Games, which saw the swim team win two gold medals. A Level 3 coach, Hayley also has a number of accolades to her name to include a 9th and 11th place finish at the European Youth Olympics in 2003, she is an Irish Senior Relay Record holder with Aer Lingus Swim Team Ireland team and also coaches the National Aquatic Centre swim team in her spare time. Hayley’s responsibility will be managing the high performance swim programme, coordinating the development programme as well as continuing on her coaching role with the para-swim team.

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Ana Carolina Maia / Classification Coordinator  

Ana joined Paralympics Ireland in March 2016. Hailing from Brazil, Ana has a background in Physiotherapy and is currently undertaking a Masters course in Sports and Exercise Biomechanics. She has been involved with Paralympic sport since 2005, and was part of the Brazilian team at the Para Pan-American Games in Mexico in 2011, and at London 2012. She has been volunteering for Paralympics Ireland as a classifier since 2013.

Communications & Events Department

Sinead Naughton

Sinéad NaughtonCommunications & Events Director

Sinéad joined Paralympics Ireland as Programme Coordinator in 2009 following nice years with Sport Ireland as Communications Officer. Initially Sinead covered the maternity leave of Performance Director and then developed our Primary Schools education initiative; Follow Your Star. She had previously led the media team for the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008 while working for the Irish Sports Council. Sinead was appointed Communications and Events Director in 2013 and is responsible for development and implementation of our communications strategy managing all media and events.


Commercial Department

Patrick Haslett

Patrick HaslettCommercial Director

Patrick joined Paralympics Ireland courtesy of Vodafone Ireland Foundation’s ‘World of Difference’ programme in August 2010. He came on board as Partnership Manager for a year, working on the rebrand from Paralympic Council of Ireland to Paralympics Ireland. Patrick worked closely with our corporate and community partners in the run up to and during the London 2012 Games. Now as the organisation’s Commercial Director, Patrick secured investment from the Commercial sector for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.


Emma Heavin / Financial Administrator

Emma, who holds a Masters in Sports Management from UCD, joined Paralympics Ireland as Office Administrator in June 2013. Emma recently took over the role of Financial Administrator at the beginning of 2017. She is Designated Safeguarding Officer for the Organisation. She first got involved in sport through triAthlone where she served as the General Manager of the organisation. She also worked on the development of para triathlon in Ireland before making the move to Paralympics Ireland. 


 Lyndsey Rankin / Boccia Development Manager/Office Administrator

Lyndsey joined Paralympics Ireland in April 2016, having initially been involved during her college placement in 2011. During that time, she assisted with the planning and delivery of several multi-sport camps, including the holding camp in the run up to London 2012. It was during these camps that Lyndsey developed a love for the sport of Boccia as she supported and assisted the Boccia team during their training sessions. From there, Lyndsey went on to work in a voluntary capacity at the Games in London and Rio.