Our Management Team


Dr Brian Melaugh

Dr Brian Melaugh is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies Maynooth University. Before taking up an academic position he worked extensively in the area of drug practice and drug policy and was CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project in Dublin.Brian holds professional qualifications in community work and youth work, social work, Masters in Systematic Organisation and Management, Masters in Organisational Consultancy, and a Doctorate in Health.

Brian’s current research interests include the contribution of psychodynamic theory to the management of the social professions, the evolving nature of professionalism and application of critical pedagogy in the professional development of community and youth work student. He retains a keen interest in drug policy and is currently Chair of UISCE and is on Board of Directors of Merchants Quay Ireland and Safetynet Ireland


Dr Erin Nugent

Dr Erin Nugent has been involved with UISCE since it’s inception 24 years ago. She has been volunteering/working in the field of HIV and AIDS for over 20 years. She currently manages HIV Ireland’s Community Support services. Her undergraduate and post-graduate degrees (from the University of New Hampshire and University College Dublin respectively) are in Education and her PhD, from Trinity College Dublin, is in Sociology. Her Master’s thesis explored primary teachers’ knowledge of, and attitude towards, HIV and AIDS and her doctoral thesis examined the three decade trajectory of the anti-drug movement in Dublin’s north inner-city.


Gary Broderick

Gary Broderick completed a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Geography in NUIM before a Masters at AIT. A former Director of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Gary has worked with the EHB, Merchants’ Quay and currently with the SAOL Project.  He teaches in UCD, DCU and Maynooth; sits on the NACDA as a community representative.  He is also chair of Hill Street Family Resource Centre and a Director of RedDoor Project, Drogheda.


John Dermody

John Dermody has more than a decade of experience in the sector, working with Merchant’s Quay Ireland, De Paul Ireland and the Ana Liffey Drug Project. He is currently working in drug and alcohol services in the the North Dublin Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force. John has a background in the creative arts and has played in bands, managed record labels and promoted concerts over a 20 year career.  John is an advocate for the human rights of people who use drugs and for the removal of barriers to services and obstacles to people fulfilling their potential. He is a strong believer in the concepts of harm reduction, trauma informed care and person centred approaches to working in partnership with people who use drugs.


Deirdre Manninger

Deirdre Manninger graduated from University College Dublin in 2000 with Honours in English and Sociology, before qualifying as a solicitor from Blackhall Place, in 2005. She completed a Masters degree in Criminology in DIT 2010 and also holds diplomas in corporate and regulatory crime from the Kings Inns, Project Management and Organisational Development from Michael Smurfit Business School.

Deirdre is an associate faculty member of the Law Society of Ireland where she is a tutor and contributes to the criminal law syllabus of the Solicitors’ Professional Practice Course. She is also an active member and participant in the UCD Alumni Mentoring Programme.

Throughout her career she maintained an interest in sociology and matters of social justice, which lead her to volunteer as a legal advisor and coordinator with FLAC from 2003 – 2007. She joined the Board of UISCE in December 2016.


Hannah McHugh

Hannah McHugh started as Coordinator of UISCE in July 2016. She has a diverse background, working with people with disability, addiction and mental health, migrants, homeless people, youth and aged people as well as representing Indigenous Australians.