Clodagh Lynam, Chairperson of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland
I am delighted to have taken up the role of chair of the board of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland (EAI) in December 2021. I am honoured to be the leader of a dynamic board, who bring a range of expertise and experience, as well as their energy and resourcefulness to what can be a very demanding role.
My vision for the EAI is of a vibrant and resilient organisation, run to professional standards, with an excellent standard of governance and, always, strong connections with its base; the 150,000 or so people in this country directly affected by the disease, as well as their families, friends, carers and supporters.
I look forward to playing my part as the EAI builds on and develops the work of all the volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy over many years. Since the organisation was founded in 1987, volunteers have been providing information, support and advocacy for those in Ireland affected by the disease and related conditions.
Over the years, the EAI has established connections with other patient support organisations around the world and has sent delegates to international conferences, such as the World Congress on Endometriosis. The EAI is also a member of the World Endometriosis Society (WES) and the World Endometriosis Organisation (WEO). We constantly learn from our colleagues in other countries and can bring that knowledge and information to our followers, to how we run the organisation and to how we approach our own politicians and policy makers.
I look forward both to taking part in promoting the aims of the EAI, as set out in our constitution, and to getting to know some of our members and followers.
Endometriosis Association of Ireland