Nina Arwitz : Chief Executive Officer
Nina joined Volunteer Ireland in November 2014. Her background is in the environmental non-profit sector where she focused on social inclusion, engaging new audiences and volunteering; as well as fundraising, campaigning and strategic development. Nina is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Volunteer Ireland, and ensuring that we deliver our mission to promote the value of volunteering and increase the range and quality of volunteering in Ireland. She works to secure diverse funding, implement good governance practices and ensure that Volunteer Ireland is an effective and efficient organisation. Nina also represents Volunteer Ireland externally to raise the profile of volunteering, works with the public sector to emphasise the importance of volunteering in delivering the government’s strategic priorities, develops partnerships and explores new opportunities for growth and innovation in order to maximise our impact.
Terri O’Brien : Corporate and Programmes Manager
Terri is the longest serving member of staff in the organisation and has worked in a variety of roles throughout her time here. She currently manages our Corporate Volunteering Programme where she offers consultancy to companies on developing and evaluating their Employee Volunteer Programmes along with managing our corporate employee volunteer days ‘Team Impact Days’. She also leads on Investing in Volunteers, the Quality Standard for volunteer management and oversees a number of programme areas including our National Volunteer Management Conference, the Volunteer Ireland Awards and the Quality Standards programme for affiliate Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services.
Stuart Garland : Training and Programmes Manager
Stuart manages the National Volunteer Management Training Programme and delivers bespoke training to national organisations. He also manages large scale volunteer programmes at a broad range of festivals and events. Stuart has worked in a wide range of roles in the voluntary and community sector since 1993. He has direct extensive volunteer management experience with managing volunteer teams. Stuart was a National Accreditor for European Voluntary Service (EVS) for seven years and has played a key role in development of volunteer management standards in EVS. Stuart was part of the volunteer management team for a number of large scale events in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK. He holds qualifications in Event Management, Human Resource Management, First Line Management as well and a Certificate in Teaching and Learning from the National College of Ireland.
Emma Hopper : Operations and Development Manager
Emma began working with Volunteer Ireland in September 2014 and was promoted to Operations and Development Manager in April 2015. As an experienced Account Administrator and Sales Coordinator, Emma gained experience and knowledge of the corporate world in Ireland, Canada and the United Sates. Emma first became involved in volunteering through Gaisce – The President’s Award, and has spent time volunteering for charities in Ireland and at a community level. Emma’s role as Operations and Development Manager involves supporting and assisting the CEO in delivering the strategic direction of Volunteer Ireland and supporting the team in Finance, HR and IT. Emma is also involved in administering I-VOL; the national database of Irish volunteering opportunities and listings.
Paul Collins : Outcomes and Impacts Manager
Paul started working for Volunteer Ireland in March 2015. His role involves working with Volunteer Centres on all aspects of the Quality Standards Framework. Paul will work closely with all Volunteer Centres on a cycle of continuous quality improvement, communication and systems for measuring the impact of volunteering on individuals and organisations. Paul has volunteered for many organisations and is currently the youth coordinator with his local rugby club.
Amy Woods : Communications and Advocacy Officer
Amy joined Volunteer Ireland in August 2015 as Communications and Advocacy Officer. Amy’s role involves managing Volunteer Ireland’s internal and external communications and supporting the organisation’s policy initiatives and events through awareness campaigns. Amy promotes Volunteer Ireland and volunteering through media relations, marketing, social media and online communications including coordinating Volunteer Ireland’s public awareness campaign for volunteering, ‘National Volunteering Week’ – overseeing all PR and marketing activity for the event. Amy also coordinates Volunteer Ireland’s policy and advocacy projects.
Niamh Byrne : Programmes and Development Officer
Niamh joined Volunteer Ireland as Programmes and Development Officer in November 2015. Niamh has over 5 years’ experience working and volunteering within the non-profit sector and a background managing volunteers. Niamh’s current role involves developing and delivering Volunteer Ireland’s services in relation to volunteer management and volunteer management support. In addition, Niamh will also secure, develop, deliver and support volunteer management programmes and volunteer placement programmes that VI undertakes on behalf of third parties.
Katherine O’Riordan : Programmes and Events Officer
Katherine started with Volunteer Ireland as Programmes and Events Officer in April 2016. Katherine has over 10 years’ experience as Volunteer Coordinator and Manager in both the corporate and cultural sectors. Katherine’s role involves working on the National Volunteer Awards, working across the Investing in Volunteers and Corporate Volunteer Programmes and providing general events support and assistance to VI.
Darren Cannon : Corporate Accounts Officer
Darren joined Volunteer Ireland as a Corporate Accounts Officer in September 2016. His role involves supporting and engaging corporate employees through organising Team Impact Days; where corporate employees are matched with a non-profit organisation project to deliver one-off practical volunteering. Darren has a background in IT but made the transition into the not-for-profit sector in 2013 by volunteering with his Local Employment Service. He has since worked with other not-for-profit organisations as a volunteer and project manager.
Gráinne Smyth : Administration Officer
Gráinne began working as an Administration Officer with Volunteer Ireland in April 2017. Gráinne has a background in HR and Administration in both the public and private sector. As Administrative Officer, Gráinne supports and assists the Officer Manager, the CEO, the team in Finance, HR and IT and the day to day office administration. Gráinne is also involved in assisting the Office Manager in administering I-VOL; the national database of Irish volunteering opportunities and listings.