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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
One of Ireland's best known media commentators in his role as spokesman for AA Ireland, Conor joined the Plan International Ireland Board in December 2013. He was elected Chair of the Board in September 2020.
Nicole Heimberg
Business Development Officer
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.
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.
Anna Keane
Individual Giving Manager
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.
Jemma Lawlor
Finance Officer
Jemma joined Plan International Ireland in April 2017 as Finance & Operations Administrator and is currently Finance Officer.
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.
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.
Kelly Souza Marron
Emergencies Officer
Kelly joined Plan International Ireland in May, 2019.
Deirdre Corcoran
Member of the Board
Deirdre Corcoran is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has extensive financial, management, company secretarial and governance experience.
David Martyn
Education Researcher
David joined Plan in 2019. He is an Employment Based PhD Scholar with funding from the Irish Research Council.
George Massey
Programme Team Lead Multilateral
George's overseas experience includes programmes in Haiti, Iraq and Sierra Leone.
Clare McPhillips
Donor Relations Officer
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
Aoife Kelly-Desmond is Managing Solicitor at Mercy Law Resource Centre.
Donal Maher
Chief Operations Officer
Nenagh native Donal joined Plan International in 2006.
Ronan O'Neill
Grants Accountant
An experienced accounting professional, Ronan is a keen runner and has spent over 10 years working overseas managing large development programmes.
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.
Yseult Quinn
Events and Corporate Fundraising Officer
Yseult joined Plan International Ireland in August 2021 and has many years’ experience in Sales & Marketing and Event Management.
Emilia Sorrentino
Education in Emergencies Advisor
Emilia has a background in Education in Emergencies and Psycho-Social Support. She spent 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.
Ashley Westpheling
Development Education Officer
Ashley joined Plan International Ireland in 2019 following the completion of a MSc Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin.
Brian Lehane
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.
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.
Brighid Smyth
One of Ireland's leading marketing communications professionals, Brighid joined the Plan International Ireland Board in April 2016.
Catja Carlson
ICT & Applications Support Officer
Catja joined Plan International Ireland in July 2021 as our ICT & Applications Support Officer.
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.
Ian Brady
Member of the Board
Ian Brady works for Davy Stockbrokers and is Head of Davy Charities and Not-for-Profit Group.
Emily Curran
Programme Support Officer
Emily Curran is a part-time Programme Support Officer in the Multi-Lateral Unit.
Jarlath Doyle
Member of the Board
Jarlath Doyle is the Finance Director at Hilton Hotels Ireland.
Julie Dwyer
Senior Business Development Officer
Julie re-joined Plan International Ireland in January 2022 as the team lead for the Business Development Unit.
Jennifer Victory
Jennifer is the Head of Internal Audit with Applegreen PLC.
Katie Drea
Media and Communications Officer
Katie has over five years of experience in communications with NGO's, as well as in fundraising, project management, journalism, and editorial styling.
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.
Siobhan Blackwell
Member of the Board
Siobhan has over 18 years experience in Financial Services.