Move4Parkinson’s was established in November 2011 by Mags Mullarney who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. Since her diagnosis, Mags has discovered that there is a huge range of activities that People with Parkinson’s (PWP’s) can undertake to improve their quality of life. Mags has also recognised the huge value which PWP’s place on being able to speak with other PWP’s and to hear stories of how others have overcome similar challenges. On her journey so far, Mags has met many others who share her passion for improving the quality of life of those with Parkinson’s and to give those people a voice.
We are very lucky to have a fantastic board who willingly give of their time in helping raise awareness as well as working tirelessly towards our vision of a better quality of life for PWP’s, their family members and carers.
CEO & Founder
Mags was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in January 2004 when she was 47 years old. Since being diagnosed, Mags has worked tirelessly to better understand Parkinson’s and to improve her quality of life through taking a multi-disciplinary approach and utilising complementary medicine in addition to the traditional. Mags has realised the benefits of regular exercise and good nutrition on managing her symptoms. In October 2011 following a year-long training regime, she completed the Dublin City Marathon and was awarded the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Medal, honouring her overcoming a significant challenge to take part in the marathon.
Mags spends much of her time speaking to groups and individuals about her journey so far and the ways that PWP’s can empower themselves to better manage their Parkinson’s. She is the driving force behind Move4Parkinson’s and hopes that through her inspirational talks and practical workshops, PWP’s will learn to manage their lives by empowering themselves to take control of their illness. She is also a trained leader in courses for self-management of chronic illnesses. Mags lives in Dublin and has two grown up children, Nikki and David. She worked as a solicitor for 25 years and is also a qualified business and life coach.
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Graham Hughes, MD, BCH, BAO, FRCPI
Graham Hughes was appointed as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric & General Medicine in St. Vincent’s University Hospital in 2009. The movement disorders service at St. Vincent’s is integrated between neurology and geriatric medicine departments in order to best meet the needs of people of all ages with Parkinson’s Disease. The service engages with people with Parkinson’s from the greater Dublin area and nationally.
Graham graduated from Trinity College Dublin Medical School in 1997 and received his geriatric medicine training in the United Kingdom. Graham received his movement disorders training at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and was a Clinical Research Fellow in Neurology at Newcastle University studying cognitive disorders in Parkinson’s Disease between 2004 and 2006. Graham has been a consultant with special interest in movement disorders in both the UK & Ireland since 2007. Graham was recently appointed to the European Parkinson’s Disease Association’s expert advisory panel. His particular interests include quality improvement; Graham recently completed a diploma in leadership and quality improvement in healthcare through the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.
Nikki is a Senior Manager working in Business Development for Deloitte in Ireland, prior to this she managed the Kanchi Network, the only business membership network committed to improving the inclusion of people with disabilities as both customers and employees. Nikki has also worked as a Management Consultant in London and Dublin, specialising in organisation culture and behaviour. Nikki is connected to Parkinson’s through her Mum, Move4Parkinson’s founder Margaret Mullarney. She believes passionately in patient empowerment and treating every person with Parkinson’s as an individual.
Brian has over 20 years experience in project delivery. Working for a leading Management Consulting firm and now for himself, he has worked extensively in programme and project planning, tracking and control and delivery management. He has worked across a range of projects from small strategy and planning initiatives to large-scale systems delivery. He is currently managing the Programme Management Office for a multi-million euro global SAP implementation. Brian is also founder of The Soulstir Sessions, which aims to raise awareness for Parkinson’s through music. Brian’s mum has Parkinson’s and as a family member believes passionately in empowerment and self management. He is a trained leader in courses for self-management of chronic illnesses.
Martin is a retired chartered accountant with over 30 years experience at director and controller level in indigenous Irish companies and Irish subsidiaries of multinational companies in the professional services, manufacturing, FMCG marketing and distribution, retail, and property development sectors. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in April 2009.
Since joining the Voices of Hope choir he has discovered there is no beginning to his talent for singing but the inspirational enthusiasm of the group carries him through. He believes that his participation in the choir, and also the set dancing group, has had a significant beneficial effect in counteracting his Parkinson’s symptoms. Martin is also a volunteer in his local Citizens Information Centre.
Kate Gray is a Montessori teacher and she sat on the Executive Committee of St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers’ Association for ten years before taking on the role as Chairperson a position which she held for five years.
Kate has been involved in Move4Parkinsons since May 2015 and was inspired to join Move4Parkinson’s having seen Mags and Nikki on a documentary. Kate believes that M4P vision and mission and Mags’s determination and drive is the key to improving the quality of life for People with Parkinson’s and she has already seen this first hand with her dad.
Kate being on the board she believes she can bring the expertise she has gained as her role as Chairperson and she can support Mags in her role as CEO.
Denise Mc Grath
Dr Denise McGrath joined the UCD team in 2014 as a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. Previously, she held the position of lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at the Ulster Sports Academy, University of Ulster. Denise spent a year at the premier Nebraska Biomechanics Research Facility, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and two years at The TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) Centre, Dublin. She undertook her PhD studies at University College Dublin (2006-2010) focusing on fatigue and movement variability in chronic ankle instability, along with the development of inertial sensors for extra-laboratory gait analysis. Movement variability remains a strong interest of hers. Denise was awarded her Bachelor’s (2000) and Master’s (2003) degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and Biomedical Engineering, respectively, from the University of Limerick. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has also worked on a full- and part-time basis in a clinical setting (The Blackrock Clinic, Milltown Physiotherapy Clinic). She is passionate about research and has received funding from the National Science Foundation (USA) and the Medical Research Council(UK). She works in multidisciplinary research teams involving clinicians, bioengineers and social scientists, tackling the challenges associated with our ageing population. She is also very interested in the enhancement of human performance and is currently involved in the supervision of PhD theses that focus on the biomechanical aspects of sporting movements.