Mairéad is the Chief Executive of Healthwatch Lambeth. Before taking up this role in the summer of 2022, Mairéad was on the leadership team of an international human rights organisation. She was previously Chief Executive Officer of two award-winning organisations: a children’s mental health service and before that, a youth charity.
Mairéad is passionate about addressing health inequalities and ensuring those without a voice are empowered to have their voices heard. She has worked with community groups and individuals from a range of backgrounds throughout her career. She was appointed to the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales by the previous Prime Minister, following her work with young people with gang backgrounds. She has experience as a governor of an NHS Trust and has sat on the committee of a high profile grants body. She also worked for the European Commission earlier in her career. When she worked for the national Traveller Movement, she authored the first ever dedicated report to the UN on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller discrimination in the UK.
Mairéad is also currently an elected Councillor on Cambridge City Council, where she serves as the Executive Member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing, Anti-poverty and Equalities.