Document AttachedKeywords | IASLT Council, Membership, Chairperson, Secretary
The IASLT Council


Marijke Morris | Chair| Director

Marijke Morris is the Lead Speech and Language Therapist and Founder of CATTS, an award-winning independent practice. She qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist and Audiologist in 1997 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Marijke moved to Ireland in 2001 and worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in voluntary services, public services and independent practice. She is chairperson of the Independent Speech-Language Therapists of Ireland (ISTI), treasurer and a director of the IASLT. Marijke returned after previously serving on the IASLT Council from 2011 to 2013. She was a member of the IASLT working group to develop a document on professional supervision for SLT's. Marijke is passionate about supporting SLT's in the challenges of independent practice and in providing therapy services to clients.  Marijke is currently holds the position of IASLT treasurer.

Rebecca Hennessy | Treasurer 

Rebecca has been working in the Paediatric Primary Care Setting in Drogheda Co. Louth since 2016. She works primarily with Preschool and School aged Children with Speech, Language and Communication difficulties.  She graduated with a BSc. in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Rebecca has a keen interest in promoting awareness of the Speech and Language Therapy Profession at a national level and supporting the career progression of SLT’s. 

Rebecca is a new member of the IASLT Council for the 2020-2021 term and currently holds the position of Treasurer.



Amanda Hassett 

Amanda qualified with a M.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick in 2018. Since joining council in February 2019, and having carried out the role of Class Representative throughout her time in UL, Amanda is keen to progress as the new-graduate and student representative on IASLT council, acting as the link to SLTs in their development and training. Amanda has been working as an SLT in the Adult and Child Therapy Centre, South Dublin, since July 2018. Her caseload primarily involves preschool and school age children presenting with ASD, DLD, Dyspraxia, and other developmental Speech, Language and Communication impairments.  


Fiona Hill | Honorary Secretary

Fiona has been an IASLT Council member since 2018. She is the Speech and Language Therapy Manager in Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Clinical Language Sciences (Speech & Language Therapy) and has worked with adult populations, predominantly neurological, in the acute hospital and residential care setting. Fiona obtained a M.Sc. in Clinical Speech and Language Studies (Dysphagia) from Trinity College Dublin in 2013. She has been involved in delivering education at undergraduate and postgraduate level for a number of years. Fiona has promoted the visibility and development of the profession nationally through involvement with SIGs and national clinical programmes, as well as at an international level in her role as IASLT CPLOL representative over the past 10 years. She is currently the IASLT representative on the Health and Social Care Professions Alliance and is IASLT Honorary Secretary for the 2019/2020 term. 


Caroline Howorth |

Caroline Howorth is the Head of Speech and Language Therapy in St. Michael’s House, Dublin (Service for People with an Intellectual Disability). She graduated with a BSc. in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2003. She also obtained a MSc. in Disability and Rehabilitation Studies from University College Dublin (UCD) (2010).  Caroline has worked with children and adults across Primary Care and Disability Settings. At a national level, Caroline is a member of CORU’s Appeals Committee and is the HSCP Representative on the HSE’s Consent Advisory Group. Her main research interests relate to promoting communication opportunities for children and adults with complex needs within everyday settings and involving service user feedback in healthcare design.

Caroline is a new member to IASLT Council for the 2019-2020 term.


Lorraine Curran 

Lorraine has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in the National Health Service (NHS) in the South East of England and on a CARF accredited acute neurological rehabilitation unit in a private London hospital. She specialises in working with adults with acquired neurological conditions. Prior to returning to Ireland in 2019, she worked as the Lead Speech and Language Therapist in an outpatient service for patients with neurological conditions in North London. Lorraine is passionate about the use of technology SLT. She is the founder of Aptus Speech Therapy, a company that develops apps for adults and children with communication difficulties. Lorraine has acted as a consultant to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) on matters of technology. She was lead author of the RCSLT CQ Live guideline on the use of apps in Speech and Language Therapy. In addition to developing apps, Lorraine also now works as an independent Speech and Language Therapist in Dublin and Meath.




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