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 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 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 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 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 KinneveyCommunications & 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

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 & Liaison Persons 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.