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Our People

Plan International Ireland is made up of an experience group of passionate and committed individuals who are determined to make a difference.

Margaret Gilsenan
Kevin Carroll
Harry Goddard
Adrienne Symes
Ray Bowe
Jane Clare
Madeleine Keane
Shane Nolan
Muireann O’Briain
Geraldine Kelly
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.
Conor Faughnan
Eleanor Flew
Member of the Board
Eleanor is Director of Fundraising and Communications with Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services; Harold’s Cross, Blackrock & Wicklow.
Nicole Heimberg
Business Development Officer
Charles Keane
Member of the Board
Charles brings extensive experience from the Banking and Finance sphere specialising in the small business sector both in Ireland and overseas.
Jessica Feary
Member of the Board
Jessica Feary is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has worked in finance roles for the past 14 years.
Jemma Lawlor
Finance Officer
Jemma joined Plan International Ireland in April 2017 as Finance & Operations Administrator and is currently Finance Officer.
Tara Bedi
Member of the Board
Development economist, Tara Bedi, joined the board in autumn 2021 bringing a wealth of experience in development projects and a focus on gender and social protection.
David O'Leary
Member of the Board
Marketing professional and director of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon, David O'Leary, has been involved with Plan International Ireland since early 2020.
Emily Lyon
Desk Officer
Emily joined Plan International Ireland in February 2021 and currently manages the humanitarian and protracted crisis programme grants from Irish Aid.
Patrick Scott
Member of the Board
Patrick Scott has over 25 years leadership experience in executing strategy and managing business operations.
Kelly Souza Marron
Emergencies Officer
Kelly joined Plan International Ireland in May, 2019.
Mairéad Butler
Member of the Board
Mairéad Butler is studying a BA in European Studies, with a major in Spanish and a minor in German, in Trinity College Dublin, where she is a 2022 Laidlaw Scholar.
George Massey
Programme Team Lead Multilateral
George's overseas experience includes programmes in Haiti, Iraq and Sierra Leone.
Deirdre Murray
Programme Team Lead Irish Aid
Deirdre joined Plan International Ireland in July 2017 and has many years’ experience working in the international development sector.
Saidbh O'Duffy
Finance and Operations Administrator
Aoife Kelly-Desmond
Chair
Aoife Kelly-Desmond is Managing Solicitor at Mercy Law Resource Centre.
Brighid Smyth
Vice-chair
One of Ireland's leading marketing communications professionals, Brighid joined the Plan International Ireland Board in April 2016.
Donal Maher
Chief Operations Officer
Nenagh native Donal joined Plan International in 2006.
Dylan Phelan
Individual Giving Officer
Dylan joined Plan in September 2021 as a Donor Relations Officer and recently took up the role of Individual Giving Officer.
Lorenza Quadrini
Programme Team Lead EU
Lorenza joined Plan International Ireland in 2018 with 15 years’ experience in the 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.
Brian Lehane
Deirdre Corcoran
Chair of the Finance Committee
Deirdre Corcoran is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has extensive financial, management, company secretarial and governance experience.
John Perry
Secretary
John is a partner at Deloitte Ireland LLP and is the Tax & Legal Operate Leader.
Catja Carlson
ICT & Digital Operations Lead
Catja joined Plan International Ireland in July 2021
Ian Brady
Jarlath Doyle
Member of the Board
Jarlath Doyle is the Finance Director at Hilton Hotels Ireland.
Oonagh Kelly
Member of the Board
Oonagh Kelly is a Chief People Officer with over 25 years experience in Financial Services, Professional services and Education Technology.
Julie Dwyer
Business Development Team Lead
Julie re-joined Plan International Ireland in January 2022 as the team lead for the Business Development Unit.
Caleb M Kyle
Member of the Board
A Plan International Ireland Board member since June 2015, Caleb brings with him a wealth of international business experience.
Linda Fuhrmann
Senior Compliance Officer
A dedicated humanitarian worker, Linda joined Plan International Ireland in September 2015 after working in West Africa in response to the Ebola crisis.