NALA Board Members

NALA's Board meets nine times a year and is made up of the following 13 members:

Officers of the Board

Nuala Glanton, Chairperson
Nuala volunteered as an adult literacy tutor in Leytonstone in East London in 1994. She then returned to college and trained as a teacher. She found that teaching at primary and secondary level did not provide the same fulfilment as working with adults and in 2000 she was appointed as an Adult Literacy Organiser in Cork. She is now Adult Education Officer with Cork Education and Training Board. Nuala has a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in English and Philosophy and a Masters in Women’s Studies. She joined NALA’s Board in 2013.

David Heylin, Treasurer
David Heylin is a chartered accountant and he is currently Finance Director and an Executive Board Member of Comex McKinnon, which specialises in the supply of agri-commodities. Prior to joining Comex, he worked as an auditor with KPMG's consumer and industrial markets department advising clients across a wide variety of industry sectors. He holds a Business and Law degree and a Masters in Accounting from UCD. David joined the board of NALA in 2018 and was appointed Honorary Treasurer.

Sonia Weafer, Secretary
Sonia is a senior regulator with the Central Bank of Ireland since 2006. Before this she worked as a fund accountant within the funds industry in Ireland. She is a licentiate of the Compliance Officers of Ireland and a member of the Institute of Bankers. She holds a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Accounting and Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland and is currently studying towards an MBS (Master in Business Studies) in Business Practice with the Irish Management Institute. Sonia joined the Board of NALA in December 2012 and became company secretary in 2015. Sonia is also a member of the Board of Rockford Manor Secondary School since 2014.

Members of the Board

Pat Ayton
Pat has been involved in adult literacy since 1980 when she completed tutor training with the City of Dublin Adult Literacy Service. She worked as a volunteer tutor and later as a group tutor, delivering classes in literacy and numeracy in Colaiste Dhulaigh , Coolock. In May 1991 Pat was appointed Adult Literacy Organiser on a fulltime basis, with responsibility for adult literacy provision for the greater Coolock/Darndale area. She continued in that role until November 2016, when she took early retirement from the City of Dublin Education and Training Board ( CDETB), in order to pursue other things. Pat holds a BSc in Education and Training and an MSc in Education and Training Management from DCU. Pat has lectured on the Education and Training degree programme in DCU. She has been committed to adult literacy and improving services offered to adults returning to education in order to improve their skills and their life chances for 36 years. On retirement her passion has not waned at all and it is for that reason that she continues to be actively involved in NALA.  

Mary Bambrick
Mary is a literacy and numeracy tutor with the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB), and a member of the NALA Board since 2014. She is a commerce graduate of University College Dublin. She has worked in supply chain roles with LM Ericsson, the Irish Dairy Board and Vodafone Ireland. She also lectured in Carlow IT. Having taken a step back from business to raise her family, Mary returned to the world of education as a voluntary tutor with CDETB. She continues to volunteer as well as giving classes in literacy and numeracy in Coláiste Dhúlaigh in Dublin.

Louise Canavan
Louise is Communications Officer with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), the pharmacy regulator, whose role is to ensure public health and safety by setting standards for pharmacists and pharmacies. Louise has worked with the PSI since 2012 where she began engaging with NALA in order to promote plain English principles across the organisation. She has also had a role in meeting the PSI’s corporate governance responsibilities. She holds a Masters in Public and Political Communications and a Corporate Law degree.

Noel Phelan
Noel is from Callan in Co. Kilkenny. He left school at 13 and went on to work and rear a family. However, as a father, his literacy problems and lack of education began to have an impact on family life so he went back to education to improve his skills. Noel has also served on NALA's student subcommittee and he has helped raise awareness of adult literacy at numerous events over the last few years including our student days and at the ploughing championships.

Kevin Kelly
Kevin Kelly is an Adult Literacy Organiser in Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB). He has previously worked as as a literacy, numeracy, computer and ESOL tutor. He has liaised on various projects with NALA over the years and has frequently given workshops at NALA conferences. He has also helped with NALA's Student Days and helped to organise GRETB and NALA radio advertisments featuring local learners. He was also involved in literacy and numeracy research projects with NALA and on Erasmus+. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Economics from National University of Ireland Galway, a postgraduate diploma in post-primary education from Hibernia College, Dublin and a Certificate in English Language Teaching. He has also completed literacy modules at Waterford Institute of Technology. He wishes to see more collaboration between NALA and the ETBs and is looking forward to the opportunity to foster further co-operation through his role on NALA Board.

Maria O'Gorman
Maria O'Gorman is from Listowel in County Kerry. For many years she worked as an accountant for a manufacturing company. She does a lot of work in the adult education sector and represents adult learners on a variety of committees and she is on the board of Kerry ETB. Maria is also on the board of Irish Rural Link, which is the national network representing rural communities.

Lee Mitchell
Lee Mitchell is a student at Bray adult learning centre. Lee is also on NALA's student subcommittee and he has helped raise awareness of adult literacy at numerous events over the last few years including our student days and at the ploughing championships.

Ann Nicholas
Ann is a student at Shannon adult education centre. She returned to education five years ago because she wanted help to get the healthcare qualifications that were necessary to continue working as a caregiver. Ann has done several media interviews in Clare to promote adult education and she also spoke at NALA's family learning conference in 2016.

Olive Phelan
Olive returned to adult education in 2007 when she attended classes in Jobstown in Tallaght. In 2009 she took part in NALA's Written Off, a fly-on-the-wall, television series that followed adults who returned to learning, and showed the benefits it had on their lives.Following this Olive joined NALA's student subcommittee and in 2015 she joined the Board.

Sinead Ryan
Recently elected - information to follow.