Meet the Plan International Ireland Team

Our team is small, but our passion for what we do is massive!


Plan International Ireland is an experienced group of passionate and determined innovators who are determined to make a difference.

Paul O’Brien
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Paul O'Brien is CEO of Plan International Ireland. With a career spanning 30 years in development and humanitarian work he has lived and worked in a number of developing countries, including: Kenya, Sudan, Liberia, Bangladesh and Tanzania. A senior leader in Ireland’s NGO sector for the last 14 years Paul still travels extensively in his work with Plan International Ireland.

Donal Maher
Chief Operations Officer

Nenagh native, Donal joined the organisation in 2006.

Dualta Roughneen
Head of Programmes

Dualta joined Plan International Ireland in 2009 after completing a Masters in Human Rights in UCD. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, and was appointed Head of Programmes in February 2016.

Barbara Scettri
Development Programmes Manager

Barbara joined Plan International Ireland in September 2012 with more than 15 years’ experience in the International Development and Humanitarian sectors.

John Rynne
Emergency Programmes Manager

John joined Plan International Ireland in November 2019 and brings with him 20 years’ experience in the international development and humanitarian sectors.

Carole Wickham
Head of Fundraising and Communication

Carole joined Plan International Ireland in May 2021 bringing over 25 years’ experience in Marketing, Strategy and Communications.

Laura Quinn
Corporate and Events Officer

Laura started in Plan International Ireland in January 2020, bringing over ten years' experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Sarah Malone
Donor Relations Officer

Sarah started in Plan International Ireland in February 2021 as our Donor Relations Officer.

Amanda Keane
Media & Communications Officer

Amanda started with Plan International Ireland in August 2020, bringing a passion for gender equality and experience in both international development and national NGOs.

George Massey
Emergencies Programmes Officer

George's fieldwork experience includes programmes in Haiti, Iraq and Sierra Leone.

Emily Lyon
Emergencies Officer

Emily joined Plan International Ireland in February 2021 and is currently working with the Emergencies team.

Emilia Sorrentino
Education in Emergencies Specialist

Emilia has a background in Education in Emergencies and Psycho-Social Support. She has spent the last four years in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Gaza and the West Bank) where she worked as Programme Manager and later as Country Director for an Italian NGO.

Deirdre Murray
Desk Officer (Development)

Deirdre joined Plan in July 2017, and has many years’ experience working in the international development sector.

Linda Fuhrmann
Programme Support Officer (Emergencies)

A dedicated humanitarian worker, Linda joined Plan International Ireland in September 2015 after working in West Africa in response to the Ebola crisis.

Ashley Westpheling
Development Education Officer

Ashley joined Plan International Ireland in 2019 following the completion of a MSc Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin.

Catja Carlson
ICT & Applications Support Officer

Catja joined Plan International Ireland in July 2021 as our ICT & Applications Support Officer

Jemma Lawlor
Finance and Operations Administrator

Jemma joined Plan International Ireland in April 2017 as Finance & Operations Administrator.

Ronan O'Neill
Grant Accountant

An experienced accounting professional, Ronan is a keen runner and has spent over 10 years working overseas managing large development programmes.

Amy Mulcahy
Global Safeguarding and PSHEA Technical Specialist (Plan International)

Amy works for the Plan International federation having previously worked as Development Programmes Desk Officer since 2017 at Plan International Ireland.