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.
Amy joined Volunteer Ireland in August 2015 as Communications and Advocacy Officer and was promoted to the role of Manager in December 2018. In July 2023, Amy took on the role of Head of Advocacy and Engagement. Amy’s role involves overseeing Volunteer Ireland’s internal and external communications; advocacy and research outputs; and the Community Volunteers programme. Amy acts as primary spokesperson for the organisation and represents Volunteer Ireland on a number of fora. Managing a small team, Amy strives to set a culture in line with Volunteer Ireland’s values.
Emma joined Volunteer Ireland in September 2014 and was promoted to the role of Operations and Development Manager in April 2015. In July 2023, Emma took on the role of Head of People and Programmes. Emma’s role involves overseeing Volunteer Ireland’s Human Resources, Finance and Governance, working closely with the CEO and the Board to deliver on the strategic direction of Volunteer Ireland. Emma manages a staff team covering a range of programme areas; Learning and Capacity Building, Volunteering Development Programme and Development of the National Volunteering Database I-VOL. Emma’s goal is to maintain employee relations and cultivate an environment that promotes inclusion, collaboration and innovation.
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, managing large-scale corporate partnerships and offering a variety of networking and other supports to companies in relation to employee volunteering and our corporate volunteering calendar.
Stuart joined Volunteer Ireland in July 2014 and manages the National Volunteer Management & Leadership Training Programme. Stuart works to build the capacity of volunteer involving organisations to run quality volunteer programmes. His experience spans over 26 years working in the NFP sector. He has direct extensive volunteer management experience with managing volunteer teams and worked as a Volunteer Manager for a national homeless charity. Stuart leads our Erasmus+ EU programmes focusing on a variety of volunteer engagement topics. He is a lead trainer in the use of Volunteer Impact Assessment. He holds qualifications in Volunteer Management & Leadership, Teaching & Learning, Event Management, Human Resource Management, First Line Management and Health, Safety & Welfare.
Paul joined Volunteer Ireland (VI) in March 2015 as Outcome & Impacts manager. Paul’s background includes, working in the food industry, sport and quality management/assurance across a number of sectors. His role involves supporting Volunteer Centres (VCs) on all aspects of the Quality Standards Framework to embed a culture of continuous quality improvement across the national network VCs. He has a lead role in developing and maintaining VIs internal quality management system, research projects and VC support, including acting as chairperson for the Volunteering Infrastructure Quality Committee. He has been involved in volunteering for over 30 years in a variety of roles, with the highlight being a volunteer role at the Special Olympics world summer games in 2003.
Zsé joined Volunteer Ireland in November 2019 as Volunteer Centre Development Manager and took up the role of Volunteering Development Programme Manager in 2023. Her role focuses on the delivery of actions 1, 13 and 53 of the National Volunteering Strategy. These actions look at developing a fresh ground where flexible and diverse volunteering can grow; where everyone can find a way to get involved in volunteering; and feel safe and rewarded doing so.
Zsé brings extensive experience in facilitating diverse networks and in managing volunteers. She has a background in volunteer management training and consultancy, which she practised in Ireland, in her native Hungary, and many other European countries. She also has practical skills in governance which she developed through working with Volunteer Centres and internally in Volunteer Ireland.
Zsé is passionate about volunteering and sustainable volunteer management. She is also a proud Blood Bikes East volunteer.
Vicki is the Community Volunteers Programme Manager with Volunteer Ireland. She previously held the position of Learning and Capacity Building Officer where she supported volunteer involving organisations in all aspects of volunteer engagement through training and capacity building. She has also worked in a local Volunteer Centre and supported volunteers for a number of years in both ALONE and the Irish Wheelchair Association. Vicki has extensive experience in all aspects of training including the design, development and execution of training courses.
She has enjoyed many different volunteer roles over the years and is currently a support line volunteer with Aware and enjoys a bit of beach cleaning when she can.
Vicki’s education includes an HDip in Applied Social Studies, a Diploma in Psychology and Criminology, and Certificates in both Addiction Studies and most recently, Building Capacity and Enhancing Leadership in Intercultural Understanding and Diversity.
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.
Niamh joined Volunteer Ireland in November 2022 as the Volunteer Network Support Officer (Maternity Cover) where she provides support and coordination to the national volunteer infrastructure network. Niamh’s professional background is mainly in the non-profit sector, working as a Volunteer Manager in Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services for many years, in addition to other non-profits (Down Syndrome Ireland, Special Olympics Ireland). She has recently spent time with her family which enabled her to volunteer and be an active member of her local community organisation and schools’ parents’ association. In recent years, she has been volunteering with Saint Josephs, Shankill which is solely dedicated to those living with Dementia. She established, and continues to present with other Schools Ambassador Volunteers, a Dementia Programme for Transition Year Students both online and in person in South Dublin and County Wicklow over the last three years. The aim of this initiative is to bring a better understanding of Dementia to young people to make local communities more welcoming and inclusive places for everyone.
Amy joined Volunteer Ireland in February 2022 as Corporate Partnership Officer. Her role involves supporting and engaging corporate employees through organising large scale volunteering projects; where corporate employees are matched with a non-profit organisation project to deliver one-off practical volunteering. Amy has worked in the non-profit sector since 2011, leading a small team in a busy Community Centre and she continues to volunteer with her local youth club. Amy is passionate about the importance of volunteering and the part it plays in in local grass roots community organisations.
Kristin joined Volunteer Ireland in June 2023 as Learning and Capacity Specialist. She joined the team from Dublin City Volunteer Centre where she worked as part of the Volunteer Engagement Team with special focus on Outreach and Social Inclusion. Kristin participated as an independent volunteer with various grassroots organisations in Refugee Camps in Calais and Thessoniliki, after which she started the Books4Refugees project.
Kristin currently volunteers with Jesuit Refugee Services running yoga classes at Balseskin Reception Centre and fosters crazy cats for the DSPCA.
Kristin’s prior education includes BA Anthropology, MA Classical and Contemporary Acting and diploma in Project Management.
Lauren recently graduated from UCD with a MSc in Management in 2023. Prior to that she completed a BSocSc in Social Policy and Sociology and always hoped to be part of an organisation that makes a positive difference. She is the Finance and Administration officer and oversees the day-to-day financing within Volunteer Ireland. She works closely with all departments in the organisation on multiple large-scale projects. Lauren is passionate about the importance of volunteering and hopes to be a part of larger social change through the implementation of Volunteer Ireland’s Strategic Plan.
Kathleen comes to Volunteer Ireland from an arts background. Proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, Kathleen received her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and her MA from NUIG in Drama and Theatre Studies. She is currently writing a PhD on social change onstage in contemporary Ireland. She has worked as a theatre producer and dramaturg both here and back in the States. Kathleen loves volunteering for events and festivals, and there are no shortage of those in Dublin!
When not working or avoiding her dissertation, she loves cats, people watching, and ag foghlaim Gaeilge.