The Steering Group is presently made up of 20 organisations who come together to share their learning to develop and implement the work of the Parenting Network.

Members meet 4 times a year and function as a Steering Group. This group:

Agrees on the strategy for the Network

Circulates information

Plans events, learning opportunities and policy briefings

Advocates for ongoing development of Parenting Support in policy, practice and learning.

Prepares positition papers

Our Steering Group Members


Representative: Aileen O’Donoghue

Barnardos Ireland

Representative: Niamh Mc Carthy

Barnardos NI

Representative: Liz Kavanagh


Representative: Alison Montgomery

Daughters of Charity & Family Service

Representative: Dr. Tracey A Monsen

Family Resource Centre Forum

Representative: Liz King

Irish College of GPs

Representative: Dr. Roddy Quinn

Katharine Howard Foundation

Representative: Dr. Noelle Spring

Lifestart Foundation

Representative: Orla Tuohy

MU Centre for Mental Health and Community Research

Representative: Prof. Sinead McGilloway

One Family

Representative: Karen Kiernan

Parenting NI

Representative: Charlene Brooks (Chair)

Parents Plus

Representative: Dr. John Sharry

Queens University Belfast, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Representative: Professor Maria Lohan

Teen Parent Support Programme

Representative: Margaret Morris

UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre , NUIG

Representative: Dr. Rosemary Crosse