New CEO of Disability Federation of Ireland

Elaine Teague
Elaine Teague

Elaine Teague has been appointed as the CEO of The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI), following an extensive recruitment process.  She succeeds outgoing CEO John Dolan.

“Elaine has 30 years experience working in the non-profit and disability sector. She was previously Director of Adult Services with St. Michael’s House, where she provided strong, consistent, visionary leadership to deliver high-quality, person-centred services,” said the DFI.

She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Implementation Science. She also holds a Quality Management qualification, a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Training and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Social Studies.

Commenting on her appointment, Elaine said, “People with disabilities make an enormous contribution to our society. I see my role in DFI as enabling their contribution to be understood and valued.

“A key element of my role as CEO will be to represent the views and concerns of our member organisations which include sustainability of services, and recruitment and retention of staff. As a federation we will continue to focus on strong policy and advocacy that will drive full implementation of the UN CRPD at a national and local level.”

“We are in a moment of change and flux, not just in the disability sector, but at a wider political and societal level in Ireland. DFI is well placed as a strong federation of experienced and innovative organisations to influence the change that needs to happen to enshrine the rights of disabled people to live full and meaningful lives in their community.”

Commenting on Elaine’s appointment, Michael Doyle, Chairperson of the Board of DFI said, We are confident that Elaine will make a very positive contribution to the achievement of the vision, mission and values of DFI, working with the dedicated management and staff to ensure that our objectives are achieved in the coming years.

“The Board is also confident that Elaine will work to progress positive working relationships with our stakeholders which include disabled people, our member organisations, our funders, the disability movement, civil society, the political domain and the general public.”

“Elaine is joining DFI at a critical time of change in the sector as we continue to work to implement the UN CRPD and to achieve the equal participation of people with disabilities in society.”

Michael also paid tribute to outgoing CEO John Dolan, who retired after 24 years. He said, “It is impossible to put into words the impact that John has had and the changemaker he has been within the disability sector in Ireland and internationally. We look forward to having the opportunity to acknowledge John at an appropriate event before his departure. The Board takes this opportunity to wish John health and happiness in his retirement and to thank him for his immense contribution to DFI and the disability sector over the past two decades.”