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Staff

Tony O Grady
Tony has been a staff member of Partners since 1992 and executive Director since 1995. He has extensive experience of management, teaching and facilitation in formal and non-formal sectors both in Ireland and overseas.

Frank Naughton
Frank has been a staff member of Partners since 1995. He has been involved in facilitation and training, organisational development and support work with a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations in Ireland and abroad. He has been a visiting lecturer in Leadership and Group-work in Kimmage Development Studies Centre over the same period.


Facilitators

Terry Coleman
Terry first encountered Partners, Training for Transformation in 1989 and has been involved ever since. He has facilitated training and courses locally, nationally and abroad. He now works as a psychotherapist and facilitator in southern Ireland.

Peter Dorman
Peter became involved with Partners in 1986 and has been facilitating Partners programmes more or less since then. He has worked as a youth worker and now works in community development mostly in Dublin city.

Jacqui Gage
Jacqui has been a Partners facilitator since 1995. She has worked in facilitation and training with a wide range of groups and organisations in Ireland and Britain. She has a particular interest in intercultural work and in creating spaces to where people can build relationships and learn about culture. Her background is in teaching and educational psychology.

Collette O'Regan
Collette has extensive experience of using Freirean approaches to empower marginalized groups and communities. She has a strong commitment to human rights and have been active on a range of human rights issues both here in Ireland and globally- notably Nigeria and Cambodia. Her combined professional background and experiences enable her to effectively train and coach people and groups so that they take a leading role in advocating for the changes they identify.

Michael Joyce
Mick has worked in pastoral, community and therapeutic roles and now lives in Co. Kerry. He has been a Partners facilitator since 1995.

Maureen Sheehy
Maureen has been involved with Partners since its beginning in Ireland in 1981. She was also involved in KOGI, a  Training for Transformation programme in Northern Nigeria. She has worked in education and communications and is presently a free-lance trainer and facilitator, mainly working with community groups.

Zoryana Pshyk
Zoryana has been involved with Partners since 2013. She is experienced in working with diverse groups including community, youth and intercultural groups. She is a current representative of Newbridge Asylum Seekers Support Group on Public Participation Network and an active participant in local community development in county Kildare with the emphasis on Social Inclusion, as well as a member of Kildare Integration Network

 


Directors

Camilla Fitzsimons
Camilla has been working in community education since the 1990s and has worked with women's groups, vocational groups, resident groups and campaign groups all as part of wider community development initiatives. She previously worked as a community educator in Respond! Voluntary Housing Association and is now lecturer in the Department of Adult & Community Education, NUI Maynooth.

Declan Markey
Declan Markey has been working in the community education since graduating from his Masters in Social Policy Research in 2007. Having previously held the post of Education Coordinator with the Respond Housing Association and more recently the Ballyfermot Chapelizod Partnership, Declan is currently working as part of the Maynooth University team on the new College Connect programme aimed at tackling educational inequality across the MEND (Midlands, East and North Dublin) Region. Declan brings a wealth of experience in group facilitation, designing educational programmes for people with experience of educational disadvantage, and also data collection and research analysis for programme evaluation. Declan is a certified mediator and recently completed the Level 8 Certificate in Restorative Practice.

Gemma McKenna
Gemma brings extensive experience of community activism, particularly in a Regeneration Project, and a wealth of experience of adult faith development and community education in Ireland and overseas.

Kate Sheehan
Kate brings many years of social work and counselling experience in both voluntary and statutory bodies.

Eamonn McCann
Eamonn has 40 years experience of working in Community Development in both international and Irish contexts.  For the past 23 years he has been working with Wicklow Travellers Group, as well as range of other community service organisations. He has particular expertise in Finance, Governance and Community Development.

Joan McKenna
Joan's background is in education, specifically guidance and counselling at second level, and in recent times she has committed to enabling people reach their potential through counselling and psychotherapy.

Eve O Connor
As well as many years of involvement in her local community, Eve has been involved in training and education with particular interest in women's issues.

Josephine McGread
Josephine brings a wealth of relevant experience to the Board being an ETB Adult Guidance Coordinator.