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Chief Executive Officer
David’s background was originally in business. After studying for a Commerce degree in NUIG he worked in a variety of roles including that of Marketing Executive at The Shelbourne Hotel.
A keen traveller, David took in a round the world trip which led to a Masters in Development Studies in UCD. He then worked in IT before commencing work for the humanitarian agency GOAL in Ethiopia where he met his wife, Rahel. On his return to Ireland he became HR Manager for GOAL’s worldwide operations. He took over as CEO of Plan Ireland in July 2007 and is also on Plan International’s Global Leadership Team.
David is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and serves on the board of Dóchas, the Irish association of non-governmental development organisations.
Originally from Limerick, married with four children, David is an avid Munster rugby fan but can also be found in Naomh Olaf GAA club and Lakelands FC coaching the Under 8 teams.
Paddy Austin joined Plan in February 2013. Paddy has a strong background in overseas programme management of relief and development programmes across the sectors of health, education and livelihoods.
Originally from London of Irish / Italian parents, Paddy moved to Ireland eighteen years ago following over ten years work in Bangladesh, Nepal, Malaysia and the Former Yugoslavia. Since coming to Ireland Paddy worked initially within the community development sector in Sligo and Roscommon before specialising as a community development consultant on disability issues. Over the last five years Paddy returned to work in the overseas development sector establishing, developing and managing large scale disability programmes across southern Africa.
Paddy is married to Eithne from Limerick who he met in Bangladesh and has four children in college and school. In his spare time Paddy loves running, playing soccer, mountaineering, reading and making things.
Nenagh native, Donal, is one of the more experienced Plan Ireland staff, joining the organisation in 2006.
Prior to Plan, Donal spent several years in an accountancy firm in Edinburgh before deciding to make the jump back across the pond. During his time in Plan Ireland, Donal has made several trips to West Africa, overseeing Irish contributions to our field offices.
Outside Plan, Donal enjoys movies, (watching!) football and travel.
Please contact Donal on 01-6599 601 with any finance queries you may have.
Head of Marketing & Sponsorship
Originally from Ballinasloe in Co. Galway, Mike joined Plan Ireland four years ago. Graduating with a degree in History and French from Trinity College, Mike took the (natural!) step into Public Relations in 1999 and worked on accounts such as Meteor, Coca Cola, Lee Jeans and Becks. From there, Mike moved into telecoms, working for eircom for over 8 years where he latterly headed up the Training and Sales Support function in eircom's Business Market division.
A growing interest in matters humanitarian, saw Mike take the step into the NGO sector and joined Plan Ireland in December 2008. Soon after, Mike visited Plan Ireland's projects in Togo in West Africa where he witnessed, first hand, the resilience of a people struggling to get by, but so determined to do so. In the intervening years he has been "amazed" by the impact Plan is making in the lives of the millions of children and is committed to supporting Plan's promise to these children and to the sponsors and donors who give so generously.
Outside of Plan Ireland, Mike enjoys tennis, surfing and 'watching' rugby!
To get in touch with Mike in relation to Marketing or Child Sponsorship, please do so on 01-6599 601 or drop him a mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Fundraising
Sabrina joined Plan in January 2013, her background a blend of advertising and not for profit. Graduating with a First Class Hons in Communications form DCU, she joined the creative department of McConnells Advertising where she worked as a Concept and Art Director for clients such as The Irish Times, BMW, Diageo, Innocent Smoothies and Concern.
Inspired by her work with not for profit clients, she took on the role of Fundraising and Communications Manager at Our Lady’s Hospice for whom she scooped 1st prize for Most Innovative Campaign in Fundraising Ireland Awards, June 2012 and was nominated for Most Innovative Campaign at The Global Fundraising Awards, The Netherlands in October 2012.
In the opening weeks of her role with Plan, she visited Liberia where she saw first-hand the Universal Birth Registration, psyhchosocial, and women’s skills training projects developed in conjunction with Plan Liberia. She even saw the president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (passing by in a motorcade).
Sabrina has travelled and surfed extensively through Africa, Asia and South America, though in her spare time she can mainly be found on or near Ireland’s west coast waves.
To get in touch with Sabrina in relation to Fundraising, please do so on 01-6599601 or drop her a mail on email@example.com
Media & Communications Officer
Daniel joined Plan in January 2012 having returned from a year in The Gambia in West Africa with Voluntary Service Overseas.
He has previously worked in the State sector as a Media and Communications Officer with the Health Service Executive and the Houses of the Oireachtas completing a MSc in Development Studies in his spare time.
He has run two marathons(slowly) and counting, he serves as secretary and sometime player with Éire Óg Greystons, GAA club.
For any media queries you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 086 3544954
A Dublin native, Christina spent the first 11 years of her life growing up in Zambia before moving to Ireland. Christina has spent three years living, studying and working in Amsterdam and has an MSc in Political Science and International Relations from the Vrije Univeriteit in Amsterdam, where she conducted research on Chinese aid to Sub Saharan Africa and its effects on Human Rights in the region. Christina also holds a BA in Politics and Greek & Roman Civilisation from University College Dublin.
Prior to joining plan in 2012, Christina worked in varying sectors from recruitment, retail, to hospitality and took her first steps into the NGO sector by working in the area of public engagement for Progressio Ireland.
Outside of Plan Christina enjoys bikram yoga, reading, travelling, music and television dramas. She’s also addicted to health and wellbeing blog sites and spends an inordinate amount of time reading them!
To contact Christina you can email:email@example.com or call her directly at 01 659 9601 with any sponsorship or volunteering queries you may have.
Corkonian Niamh (Fermoy to be exact) joined the Plan Ireland team in July 2009. Graduating with a degree in European Studies from UCC, Niamh has completed a Masters in Development Studies and brings to Plan a wealth of finance and administration experience.
Outside of Plan, Niamh is quite the active type and enjoys yoga, hill walking and cookery.
Please contact Niamh at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01-6599 601 with any sponsorship or finance queries you may have.
Head of Development Programming & Grants
After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Business and Economics in 2008, Sharon went to work for Deloitte in the financial services audit department. While in Deloitte she completed a training contract under the auspices of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Sharon is an avid traveller, most recently returning from a trip around India where she spent several months volunteering with a local development organisation.
Sharon is from Templeogue in Dublin and enjoys socialising, reading and watching films in her spare time.
Siobhan joined Plan Ireland as Accounts Assistant in August 2011. Originally from Tyrone, Siobhan moved to Dublin in November 2011 after taking 3 years out travelling to Australia and New Zealand.
It's her first time working in the charity sector but Siobhan has a lot of prior experience in the industry environment. Currently studying for the professional ACCA exams, outside of Plan Siobhan enjoys watching GAA (although she admits to having two left feet when it comes to playing it!). She also takes pleasure in running, having completed two mini marathons since moving to Dublin, and she hopes one day to complete a full marathon.
Ciara is from Rathfarnham, Dublin. She joined Plan Ireland in July 2012 with a background of fundraising for 4 years.
After graduating from DIT with a degree in Marketing in 2008, Ciara set to work in a small NGO and never looked back!
She is very much looking forward to getting out into the field to visit Plan's projects first hand. In her free time she enjoys reading, yoga and pretending to learn new languages!
She loves to hear about new fundraising ideas and is always there to lend a hand and an ear to fundraisers. If you are interested in fundraising for Plan Ireland, Ciara would be delighted to hear from you so you can email her on Ciara.email@example.com
Regional Fundraising Officer
Anne graduated from NUIG with a Bachelor of Law degree and worked as Regional Fundraiser with the Irish Wheelchair Association for two years during this time. Anne has also previously worked in the NUIG Sociology Department and was seconded from there to FAS as Supervisor of CYTP – Community Youth Training Project – to complete a research project as a precursor to the Knock airport development project which was then to follow.
Anne spent the next 20 years working for the HSE as a Community Welfare Officer, where she completed a 'Train the Trainer' course in 'Children First' child protection guidelines. Anne has also participated in suicide prevention and anti-bullying programmes and is a trained licensed Acupuncturist.
Anne has been working with Plan Ireland since September 2012 and hopes to raise much needed funds to support children, especially girls, and to raise awareness of the children's charity in the process. Her interests including reading and travelling, having hit most continents, with South America her final destination!
Disaster Risk Management Co-ordinator & WaSH Advisor
Dualta joined Plan in 2009 after completing a Masters in Human Rights in UCD. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, having graduated from UCG in 2001, he worked with Coffey Construction in Foynes and Mayo County Council in his native Mayo.
Since 2003 he has worked as an engineer in humanitarian and development programmes in Ethiopia, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan and Liberia. Recently, Dualta has worked with Plan’s teams in Ethiopia, Cameroon and the Sahel in responding to food and cholera crises. His work with Plan involves managing Plan Ireland’s emergency programmes and providing technical support for water and sanitation programmes. Dualta travels frequently to provide emergency support to Plan’s field offices in the event of emergencies around the world.
In his limited spare time outside work, Dualta runs marathons, plays football, watches football, reads the news and thinks about writing the great Irish novel.
Dualta is published by CSP (2010) ‘The Right to Roam: Travellers and Human Rights in the Modern Nation State’, building on research carried out during his MSc in UCD.
Disaster Risk Management Officer
Emilia has a background in Education in Emergencies and Psycho-social support.Shehasspent the last four years in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Gaza and West Bank) where she worked as Programme Manager and later as Country Director for an Italian NGO.
Emilia has also worked as Country Director and as a consultant on Education projects/programmes in Egypt with Sudanese Refugees, she has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka (during the Tsunami Emergency Response) and FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
Her hobbies include reading, political activism and Oki-do yoga.
Suzanne joined the Plan Ireland team as a Programme Support Officer in January 2011. She is a passionate advocate for child rights and has volunteered with child-centred projects in Ireland and overseas.
Since completing her master’s degree in Development Studies in 2006, she has worked on overseas development programmes that have taken her to the Horn and East of Africa and India with organisations such as Trocaire. Prior to joining Plan, she worked in Ireland with Comhlamh promoting good practice in overseas volunteering.
Suzanne is particularly interested in working on improving the quality and effectiveness of long-term development programmes.
Education Programme Officer
Barbara Scettri (currently on maternity leave)
Prior to joining Plan, Barbara spent two years in Senegal with UNHCR as Regional Programme Officer for West Africa, supporting refugees and internally displaced persons.
She has a broad range of experience in education, vocational training, emergency relief and child protection in local and international development programmes in Italy, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Russia.
Barbara’s interests include travel, reading, cinema and watching football (but only when Italy is playing!).
Education Programme Officer
Annette joined Plan to replace Barbara on maternity leave in October 2013.
After qualifying as an architect, with a thesis on building in the developing world, Annette spent 5 years working as an Architect in Germany. Her Development experiences began as an Architect in an Education project with GOAL in Niger. This opened up to further project management positions in projects in Niger that included aspects of WASH, Health, Livelihoods, Food security, Democracy, and Human Rights.
Annette has recently returned to Ireland with her family to whom she rushes home to after work.
Business Development Coordinator
A native of Westmeath, Aidan joined Plan Ireland in May 2011. A graduate in social sciences, Aidan was previously Director of International Service Ireland (ISI), supporting people with disabilities in West Africa and South America.
He has extensive experience in local and international development at grassroots and management level. Before returning to Ireland in 2007, he spent nine years working with grassroots organisations and local authorities in Central America. He worked with the Agency for Personnel Services Overseas (APSO) as Local Development Planning and Management Advisor with the indigenous Mayan Chorti tribe in Honduras in the aftermath of hurricane Mitch. He later worked as Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteer programme (UNV) in Guatemala focusing on volunteer management, democratisation and organisational development.
Although from Westmeath, he is passionate about hurling and also has a keen interest in cooking, film, mountain biking, travelling and salsa dancing (with two left feet!)
He is married to Marcela, his wife he met in Guatemala.
Child Rights & Advocacy Officer
Vanina joined Plan in January 2011 as Child Rights and Advocacy Officer to develop Plan Ireland's advocacy strategy and mainstream a child rights-based approach to programmes. Since 2013, Vanina has coordinated Plan Ireland’s Child Rights Programme portfolio which includes strategic lead, management and growth of international programmes relating to children's rights and the coordination of Irish-based advocacy initiatives for the promotion of children's rights.
Vanina holds an LLB in Law and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Prior to Plan, she worked as an advocacy officer, legal researcher and programme coordinator with both UN agencies and leading Child Rights INGOs. Her area of expertise is legal protection of children’s rights, specifically relating to the issues of child trafficking, abuse and exploitation, sexual and gender-based violence, juvenile justice and birth registration. Since 2006, she has experienced diverse and complex working environment including South East Asia, Palestine, northern Uganda, West Africa and Central America.
Outside of Plan, she plays for the Guinness Ladies Hockey Club, loves rummaging through flea markets and meeting friends for wine and chats.
Development Education Officer
With over ten years' experience within the not-for-profit sector, Mary comes to Plan Ireland from the organisation Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) where she worked as Project Coordinator for four years in Ireland and Ethiopia.
Mary also worked for Volunteer Missionary Movement in Western Kenya for two and a half years, where she was the coordinator of Bungoma Diocese ‘Young Widows Project’ and Luyha’s ‘Girls School Youth Engagement programme’.
Mary has been working with Plan Ireland since August 2012 as Development Education Officer and is responsible for working with schools and civil society organisations to help create a greater understanding of the role of development both locally and globally in tackling poverty and injustice.
If you are interested in having Mary visit your school, please do get in touch directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compliance & Monitoring Programme Officer
Lorraine developed an interest in international development during third year of her Business and Economics degree in Trinity College Dublin, where she took a module ‘economics of less developed countries’. This inspired her to apply to do a Masters in Development Studies in UCD, which she completed in 2007. During her Masters she travelled to Uganda and carried out primary research for her thesis ‘Universal Primary Education in Uganda a quality or flawed approach’.
After graduating from her Masters Lorraine worked in Deloitte Consulting and EBS, Treasury Risk and finally got her break into development in 2010 after a monitoring position became available with TMS International. In this role Lorraine spent a year monitoring European Commission projects in the Western Balkans, Africa and Asia. Following this she joined PM Groups IFI team and worked as a Project Manager working on Asian Development Bank, European Commission and World Bank projects. In this role she worked on projects in both the Western Balkans and in South East Asia.
Lorraine is an active volunteer and has volunteered with Trinity Access Programme, A-Z Children’s Charity, Skerries Sodo Group and most recently Lamha Suas. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, skiing and swimming.
Disaster Risk Management Intern
Rossa has come on board with Plan after varying experiences in Ireland, India and Europe, focusing on health, education and peace, respectively. He has a real passion for sport and has experimented in bringing this into the development fold whilst working with youth.
These interests of his lead him to completing a BSc in Sport Science & Health at DCU and subsequently an MSc in Global Health from TCD looking at how non-communicable diseases transcend national boundaries. While conducting these studies he became involved in the area of disability, which resulted in his research dissertation taking on the topic of the ‘Economic Empowerment of People with Disabilities in South Africa’.
EQuIP Programme Support Officer
Norah joined Plan Ireland in February 2013. From Carlow, Norah spent the previous seven years studying and working in Cork. At UCC, she completed a BSc International Development and Food Policy during which she volunteered on a project for children with disabilities in Zambia and completed a work placement with Trócaire in Malawi.
Both of these experiences cemented her interest in child rights and global health. Following this Norah completed a Masters in Public Health during which she conducted research on knowledge and attitudes regarding HIV/AIDS among adolescents in secondary schools in Wexford.
She spent 8 months working in the Dublin office, supporting the management of the small grants portfolio and the EQuIP programme, which focuses on the three elements of the Right to Education (quality, access and governance) for girls and children with disabilities. In October 2013, Norah took up the position of EQuIP Programme Support Officer, based in Burkina Faso.
In her spare time, Norah enjoys exploring Ouagadougou’s markets, cooking and sports.