Kevin Doherty, Chief Executive 

Kevin Doherty, CEO Disability ActionKevin has broad management experience in the private and public sectors over the past 20 years and has extensive consultancy experience.  He also has extensive Strategic Planning experience within Government structures at UK level.

Kevin has extensive international experience working in all areas of disability and is currently an associate expert with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.  Kevin has represented Disability Action on a number of occasions at the UN in New York and in Washington DC.


Dermot McCluskey, Deputy Chief Executive

Dermot is a Qualified Chartered Accountant who joined the organisation in 2001.  Prior to this he had 13 years experience in the commercial sector in Northern Ireland and England in the areas of auditing, venture capital and the provision of financial consultancy services.

In his role as Deputy CEO, Dermot is responsible for the strategic financial management of the organisation including the corporate facilities of HR, Finance, IT and Transport Services.

Karen Hall, Assistant Director (Policy & External Relations)

Karen has been with Disability Action for 15 years and has responsibility for External Relations and Policy functions of the organisation.  A Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Karen has a keen interest in Social Marketing and using communication tools to engage stakeholders on a wide range of issues.

Karen has responsibility for Disability Actions information and policy team and has experience in developing key areas of policy.  Karen worked with OFMDFM in the development of the Disability Strategy and has been involved in a wide range of policy areas including Digital Inclusion and Engagement. She has led on the development of the UNCRPD Alternative Report in Northern Ireland for the past number of years and most recently worked with DPO’s in Northern Ireland to provide evidence to the CRPD Committee in Geneva.

Orla McCann, Assistant Director (Access, Transport & Planning)

Orla provides strategic management to the Access and Housing Unit, the Mobility Centre and the Disability Action Transport Scheme (DATS).

With 20 years professional experience in the field of Design for All, including domestic, public buildings, industrial, retail, cultural, historical buildings and landscape design, Orla has working knowledge of Building Regulations, British Standards, Planning Policy, Transport Policy, Equality and Disability Discrimination legislation. 

Orla Participates in various sectoral partnerships including the Equality Commission’s Built Environment Advisory Forum established to advise the Commission on the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act, and  is a member of the Working Group established to write the Code of Practice for the 2004 provisions of the DDA in Northern Ireland. 

Kieran Teague, Assistant Director (HR & Governance)

Kieran obtained his honours degree in Economics from Queens University Belfast in 1989.  He graduated in personnel management in 1994 and is currently a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

He has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 25 years, initially working for a small local community group engaged in delivering a government based job creation scheme.  He worked in a similar role for the Northern Ireland Association of Citizens Advice Bureau from 1991 before taking up the position of Personnel Officer with Disability Action in 1997.

Now as Assistant Director (HR & Governance) he is responsible for ensuring the provision of all internal human resources services of Disability Action. 

Laura McCartney, Assistant Director (Employment & Training)

Laura McCartney MBE, Assistant Director Disability ActionLaura has ten years’ experience of supporting people with disabilities to resolve employment issues and nearly twenty years’ experience of policy and strategic development in the fields of employment and equality. 

She has responsibility for the five services within the unit – Job Match, Employment Support, Workable NI, Training Support and Employment Advocacy.  All five services focus on supporting disabled people to achieve employment equality, addressing the barriers and collectively supporting over 900 people with disabilities in work and training.  All interventions are benchmarked against the rights bases ethos of Disability Action.