The IASLT Council

Niamh Davis | Chair

Niamh Davis, Senior SLT with the Longford/Westmeath branch of Down Syndrome Ireland, joined IASLT Council in September 2014. Currently she is Chair. She completed a BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College in 2003. She has a wide ranging clinical experience having worked with HSE PCCC services with adults and children, on the Early Supported Discharge Team for Stroke at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital Dublin and more recently with Down Syndrome Ireland. Her clinical interests include Down Syndrome and supporting people with long term communication disability to participate in everyday life.


Vickie Kirkpatrick | Vice Chair

Vickie is a Senior SLT with Cope Foundation in Cork, joined IASLT Council in July 2014. She sat for 2 terms as Honorary Secretary and Chaired IASLT 2017 Biennial Conference. As a Canadian trained SLT, she graduated with a Clinical Masters from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. She worked in Canada and New Zealand prior to arriving in Ireland in 2003. In 2006 Vickie joined the IASLT Overseas Committee and sat as chair from 2008 until 2013. She has contributed to various IASLT projections including MRA 2008 and 2017. Her clinical interests include: preschool language, bilingualism, intellectual disability and ASD.


Pauline Ackermann | Past Chair

Pauline Ackermann is the Speech and Language Therapist Manager in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin. She holds the role of Past Chair of for the 2017/2018 Council term of office. Pauline has long been active in IASLT, serving at various times as Chairperson (2007/2008, 2015-2016), Vice-Chairperson (2006/2007 and 2014/2015) and as a member of Council (2004 to 2009, and from 2013 to the present day). She graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1998, with the degree B. Communication Pathology, a dual professional qualification in Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology. Pauline obtained a M.Sc. in Health Service Management from Trinity College Dublin in 2007. Pauline connects with Speech and Language Therapists and other healthcare professionals on Twitter, and can be found tweeting as @P_Ackermann.

Sinead Twomey | Secretary

Sinead Twomey is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. She qualified with a BSc (Hons) Clin. Lang from Trinity College in 2001 and has worked in adult services in a number of settings since graduation (acute, community and residential services for Older People). Sinead has a keen interest in adult acquired communication disorders in particular aphasia and communication accessibility. She also has an interest in the ethical issues surrounding end of life feeding in progressive conditions and has been a member of working groups at local levels to improve the MDT decision making process both within acute and community setting.

In the past Sinead has acted as IASLT representative for the Irish Council on Stroke and is currently involved in a subgroup of the Professional Development and Ethics Committee developing guidelines on the IASLT Complaints process post CORU.


Maura Reynolds | Public Relations Officer

Maura is the Speech and Language Therapy Manager at Louth Hospital group which Includes Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and Louth County Hospital Dundalk. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1993. She joined the PR division of council in late 2016. Throughout her career she has had a keen interest in promoting and developing the profession. Maura is a past member of the SLT vocational group and was involved in the negotiations which surrounded the first benchmarking process. Maura previously served on council in the early days of her career in the 1990’S when she was on the publications committee and was co-editor of UPDATE magazine and an editorial assistant for the journal of clinical speech and Language studies. She has contributed to Position papers such as the IASLT position paper on swallow screening and the professions position paper on capacity.


Suzanne Byrne | Public Relations Officer

Suzanne is a Senior SLT in Beaumont Hospital who graduated from City University in London (2011). Since graduating, she has worked in paediatrics & disability, community primary care and now in the adult acute setting. Outside work, she has completed her MSc (2012) and contributed to projects such the International Communication Project (2014), IASLT PR Committee (2016) and volunteered with the CHEEERS development project in Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda (2017). Graduating during recession, Suzanne found the support of fellow new graduates and the IASLT fundamental in navigating her early career and welcomes the opportunity to reciprocate that support on council.


Íde Browne | Communications & Publications Officer

Since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) in 2008, Íde has worked in a variety of clinical settings but most extensively supporting children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Íde is currently a Senior Speech and language Therapist is St. Michael's House in Goatstown, Dublin and works supporting children with intellectual disabilities in their school placement and with children and adult service users with FEDS difficulties. Her clinical interests include: AAC, Lámh, promotion of accessible information and practice education.

Margaret Barrett | Web Committee Link

Margaret is a S/SLT working in Primary Care. She has also gained experience in services for children with DLD and disabilities. She has had previous roles as secretary of the SSLI SIG and as a member of the IASLT PR committee. She has spent 1 year working as a Transformation Project Officer for the roll out of Primary Care Teams. She has spent 14 years working part time in private practice and has built up a reputable business. She is founder of a training company Pinnacle Performance CPD which organises training events for professionals in health and education.

Jessica Sinclair | Student and New Graduate Liaison Officer

Jessica Sinclair is a Speech and Language Therapist working with adults in the acute hospital setting in Dublin. She qualified in 2015 from Trinity College Dublin, and completed the MSc programme in Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Dysphagia in Trinity College Dublin in 2016. Jessica joined the IASLT Council in July 2017 and serves as the Student and New Graduate Liaison Officer. As a recent graduate, she is keenly aware of the needs of students and those who have recently entered the profession, so is happy to act as their representative.