The Regional Board oversees all the teams within Great Britain and Ireland. We are responsible for maintaining Beginning Experience® within our Region.
Part of our duties is to regularly assess the regions teams through the revalidation process. This ensures teams are up to date, working from the current manuals and recommendations and helping to improve the general running of the programmes throughout our region.
Each team within the region has a liaison on the Regional board who is responsible for keeping in touch with their allocated team and offering advice and support when needed.
Every 2 years there is a Regional Board Conference, hosted by a different team each time. We offer support in planning and arranging the conference and provide training sessions and fun sessions throughout the conference.
We also coordinate the resources needed to run the different Beginning Experience® programmes, from manuals, leaflets and newly offered promotional materials and branded materials for use by the teams.
We as a board meet regularly, we are the first port of call for any difficulties that a team within our region has.
Our president sits on the International board and thus keeps up to date with the latest news and is our liaison between our region and the international board
The president of the GB and Ireland Board is currently Donal Swift. He was nominated and voted in at a past Regional Board Conference in Galway. Donal is available for help and guidance about specific matters in the region that perhaps don't relate to anther board members job.
Mary Gallacher is the secretary Her role is to organise all regional board meetings, and keep the board appraised of any issues. She is available for help and guidance about any general matters in the region.
The Treasurer is Susie Monteagudo. Her role is to oversee the finances of the Regional Board. She is the point of contact for any queries regarding accounts for the regions individual teams and a copy of the yearly accounts should be sent to Susie annually.
Marie McKenna is our data operations officer on the regional board. Marie is part of the team that coordinates and runs the GDPR training for all teams and is available for any queries relating to data protection from any of the teams.
Mary Gallacher is responsible for creating and maintaining our new website and other social media platforms. Together with Susi, Mary is involved in raising the profile of Beginning Experience® within our region. Our aim is to spread awareness of Beginning Experience and encourage more participants from varied walks of life.
Miriam Kinsella is our Accounts Control Officer for the Regional Board. Miriam ensures that every team follows the guidelines of GDPR. She also links in with all teams and reviews each team annually.
Susi is the marketing officer on the regional board. She is also on the International board for marketing Beginning Experience®. Her role is to increase the awareness of Beginning Experience® within our region. If you would like information about Beginning Experience®, the teams etc then she is the first point of call.
Bridie McLaughlin and Cora Powell are members of the Regional Board. Bridie previously held the office of Secretary. Together with Mary Gallacher she has been involved in planning the Regional Board Conference and both are available for help and advice regarding upcoming conferences. Cora is our newest board member and joins us from the Dundalk team.