As someone who has faced mortality more than once, Janie is acutely aware of the importance of quality of life and specifically, choices that impact both how we live, as well as die. Communication, Connection, Collaboration combined with a strong sense of social justice is what underpin what she does publicly including leading TEDx Dun Laoghaire and privately as a Specialist Speaker and Life Coach. The direct impact of chronic pain and terminal illness on people and their families that she sees as a secular celebrant has highlighted the changing attitude towards assisted dying. ‘Listening to Gaynor French in 2017 made me realise how much this legislation for Voluntary Assisted Dying is needed, she campaigned tirelessly right up to her death.’
Justin has over 40 years continuous experience as a solicitor practising in the area of end of life. He is a former chairperson of the Law Society Committee on Probate Administration and Trusts and a former President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. He is one of the founding partners of Partners at Law Solicitors, a law firm based in Dun Laoghaire.
Dr Alan Tuffery is a former university lecturer in physiology and was involved in student services in various roles: personal tutor, developing disability services and managing the College’s tutorial service.
After ‘retirement’ Alan taught on the Trinity Access Programmes.in a volunteer capacity, helping to provide academic advice to students. Among his current interests are the individual in society and improving the quality of life for all. He is committed to end of life choice and dying with dignity.
Niamh is a technologist specialising in analytics and digital transformation in large multinationals. As a Volunteer Technologist she has lent her expertise to charities working with migrants, older people, people experiencing homelessness, people with addiction issues and people working in the sex industry. She is a Volunteer Solution Architect with the Irish Red Cross, managing their pledging platform, and is a founding member of Dublin 8 Refugee Community Sponsorship Group.
Linked In – Niamh Phelan
TedX Talk 2018
Patrick counts an M.Ed. among his accomplishments and has enjoyed a career of 40 years. He has been a HR Professional in both the automotive and life science industries and a Director of Business Development in the power industry. Currently Patrick specialises as an EHS consultant to a number of clients.
Noel is a retired Civil Servant. His principal interest is in Philosophy with particular interests in Ethics and Morality.