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Who We Are

This is the team of people who work for the National Advocacy Service

Louise Loughlin is the National Manager of NAS. Louise has worked with NAS since 2011, and has been national manager since 2016. Louise is a Qualified Solicitor in Scots law and has expertise in the areas of advocacy and the rights of people with disabilities across three jurisdictions. Louise has a particular interest in capacity issues and safeguarding.

Louise is a member of the National Safeguarding Committee and the HSE Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy Review Group. She is also a member of the NDA Expert Group on Codes of Practice for the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and the oversight from for the National Patient Experience Survey.

Elmar Jansen joined the National Advocacy Service in November 2020 as Corporate Services Manager. He has extensive experience in the Finance sector.

Elmar gained a Business Degree in Germany in 1995. He started work with Schnittger & Associates, a chartered account company in Dublin. In 2000, he took up the role as Finance Manager of Lufthansa Global TeleSales in the Eastpoint Business Park. In 2006, he became the Finance Director of the National Institute for Bioprocessing and Training (NIBRT). During his 13 years in NIBRT, a 6500 square meter research and training facility was built and 75 new staff were hired.

Suzy Byrne is the Regional Manager in the Greater Dublin Region which includes Dublin and Wicklow.  Suzy joined NAS in 2011 and has a background in community development and rights work. She has a particular interest in access to justice issues and the right to a family life for people with disabilities. Suzy was appointed to the board of Iarnród Eireann in 2018 by the Minister for Transport and Sport as a person with a disability.

Rachel is the acting Regional Manager for the Northeast and Midlands of the service, which covers counties, Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Meath, Westmeath, Longford, Kildare, Laois and Offaly. Graduated to Masters Level in the area of Social Sciences with a higher certificate in Advocacy Studies, Rachel has over 14 years’ experience working in the disability sector with 10 of those spent working in direct advocacy provision. Rachel has frontline experience working across residential and community settings for people with intellectual disability and has a particular interest in this area.

Joanne joined NAS as the Regional Manager for the Southern Region in 2014. Prior to that she acted as Service Manager with regional oversight for a number of private residential services as well as having experience working within public services. Joanne established and managed several residential services over a number of years and was an executive member of the Irish Association for Social Care managers until 2014.

Joanne has a particular interest in professional practice and advocacy policy development and standards. Joanne holds a degree in Social Science (UCC), A Masters in Youth & Community work (UCC), a Diploma in Leadership (DIT/IBEC), as well as an Award in Managing People (DIT/college of Business). Joanne additionally holds a level 6 QQI Award in Training delivery & Evaluation.

Anne is the NAS Western Region Manager covering counties Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Clare and Limerick. Anne has previously worked in Business Development, HR and Consultancy roles in companies across Europe the US and Australasia. She has established, managed and advanced businesses in sectors including HR, Services, Technology and Manufacturing before moving into the Public Sector.

Prior to joining NAS, Anne was employed in the area of Supported Employment, advocating for people with disabilities to source and secure paid mainstream employment across the North West of Ireland. She has a Masters in Leadership & Management in the Public and Community Sector and a Degree in European Studies and a Diploma in Digital Marketing. Anne has a particular interest in client centered empowerment to enhance organisational service delivery.

Each regional team consists of a regional manager, two senior advocates, a team of advocates and an administrator.

NAS also provides the Patient Advocacy Service which provides empowerment advocacy to people who want to make a complaint about their care in a public acute hospital or a HSE-operated nursing home. You can view the management team who work for the Patient Advocacy Service HERE.

NAS operates with four Regions and a National Office in Dublin

NAS operates across the following regions

Greater Dublin Region

Dublin, Fingal and Wicklow

Midlands Northeast Region

Cavan, Laois, Longford, Louth, Kildare, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly and Westmeath

Western Region

Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrm, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo

Southern Region

Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford

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