Our staff

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

Chief Executive Officer


Miriam Malone/CEO

Miriam Malone took up the position of CEO with Paralympics Ireland in May 2017. Miriam had been the Business Partnerships Director with the Football Association of Ireland with whom she had worked for 11 years. Prior to working with the FAI Miriam had headed up the Kilkenny Sports Partnership and she also worked in a development role with Special Olympics.

Sport Department

David Malone

Dave Malone / Performance 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 team of six swimmers to two gold medals and several 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 Nolan / Head 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. 



 Ciaran Flynn / Performance Operations Manager

Ciaran joined Paralympics Ireland as Performance Operations Manager in August 2019 having previously worked at Tennis Ireland for 3 years as National Academy & Coach Education Coordinator. In his role he was responsible for the coordination of all High-Performance activities including Management of the National Tennis Academy, Operational and Logistics management for all High Performance National & International Trips. He also worked for a year at the Sport Ireland Institute after completing a degree in Sport & Exercise Management at University College Dublin. Ciaran is passionate about all sports and currently plays Gaelic Football & Soccer with his local clubs.

Hayley Burke

Hayley Burke / Para-swimming Manager

Hayley joined Paralympics Ireland in February 2015, having previously worked as a volunteer for the Swim Team as a coach since 2011. Hayley was part of the Irish team at the London 2012 Games, which saw the swim team win two gold medals. A Level 3 coach, Hayley herself was a swimmer of note with a 9th and 11th place finish at the European Youth Olympics in 2003, she is an Irish Senior Relay Record holder and also coaches the National Aquatic Centre swim team in her spare time. Hayley manages 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. Prior to joining the staff she volunteered for Paralympics Ireland as a classifier since 2013.

Communications & Events Department


Derek Kinnevey / Communications & Marketing Manager

Derek has more than a decades experience in Sports Communications and Marketing. Having qualified with a Master Degree in Public Relations from Dublin Institute of Technology he took the role of Marketing and Events Executive in the Football Association of Ireland. After transferring into the Communications Department of the FAI he then accepted the role of PR and Media Manager with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. Derek held the post with the LGFA for 5 years overseeing unprecedented growth and popularity in the sport before joining Paralympics Ireland in 2017.


Commercial Department


Head of Commercial: Trevor O’Rourke Trevor has a wealth of experience having worked in sport since the mid 1980’s. Trevor was involved in some of the largest sports and entertainment sponsorships both nationally and internationally.

Trevor is an expert in sport sponsorship, marketing and communications and has proven to be an innovator in the adaption and use of new technology.

In his role Trevor takes responsibility for the development and implementation of a funding plan for the organisation and will lead on all funding and commercial aspects of the organisation.


Natalie O’Callaghan / Financial Administrator

Natalie joined Paralympics Ireland in August 2018 as Executive Assistant, having previously worked in the financial services for 13 years from positions as secretary up to Supervisor in Transfer Agency. In this time Natalie completed courses in Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering and Investment Funds. In March 2019 with her financial background, Natalie changed positions to Paralympics Irelands Finance Administrator.


Colin Armstrong / Office Administrator


Colin joined Paralympics Ireland in May 2019 as Office Administrator. A recent graduate, Colin studied Sports and Exercise Management in UCD, completing his studies in May of this year. Colin has a soccer background and has a passion for sport and fitness.