ROBIN WEBSTER -
CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR AGE ACTION IRELAND
Robin Webster has been the Chief Executive of Age Action Ireland since its establishment in 1992 as the independent national network on ageing and older people. Its main aim is to improve the quality of life of all older people, especially those who are most frail and vulnerable, by combating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity. He is a social science graduate, with post-graduate qualifications in education, social work and gerontology. He has wide experience of adult education, community development, social planning and social work through his professional and voluntary work. For over 25 years, his main interests have been ageing and older people with a particular interest in social policy. His previous positions include Director of AONTAS, the National Association of Adult Education in Ireland, Director of Age Concern Scotland, National Development Officer, Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland, Lecturer in Social Work, Trinity College, Dublin, Lecturer in Gerontology, the Open University in Ireland and HM Inspector of Schools (Further Education) in the Scottish Education Department.
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Lorraine Fitzsimons is Deputy Chief Executive of Age Action. She, along with the Chief Executive, Robin Webster started out as volunteers in establishing Age Action in 1992. She has a BA Hons degree through the Open University. She has wide experience in administration and finance, community development, HR, project development and strategic planning. She has served on numerous Boards and Committees representing the interest of older people. For the past 20 years her main interests have been ageing and older people with particular interest in the most disadvantaged.
KATHLEEN GATELY - HEAD OF FINANCE
Kathleen Gately is Head of Finance. Kathleen is a Qualified accountant FCCA and has worked in the financial services for 24 years (Irish Life). She joined the voluntary sector and worked overseas for 3 years (Kosova, Kenya and Afghanistan) and spent 3 years with Age Action as office manager, 6 years with VSO as finance manager and did some short overseas work as part of the VSO internal audit function in Ethiopia, Mozambique and India. She was appointed Head of Finance in November 2012. Her interests are walking her west highland terrier, reading, particularly thrillers and Toastmasters. Recent achievements completing The Camino (2010).
EAMON TIMMINS -HEAD OF ADVOCACY & COMMUNICATIONS
Eamon Timmins is Head of Advocacy and Communications. A graduate of the College of Commerce Rathmines and the University of Leicester, he worked as a journalist for 19 years before joining Age Action.