JOHN CHURCH - CEO
John Church joined Age Action in October 2017 from Arthritis Ireland where he had previously served for 12 years.
During his time there he successfully grew that organisation into a nationally recognised charity providing important services for people living with arthritis, as well as establishing world-class research centres in university medical schools.
In addition to his time with Arthritis Ireland John brings a wealth of commercial and management experience from the private sector having previously held senior roles within blue chip companies such as the Coca-Cola Company and the Bank of Ireland Group.
LORRAINE FITZSIMONS - DEPUTY CEO
Lorraine Fitzsimons is Deputy CEO of Age Action. Alongside former Chief Executive Robin Webster, she started out as a volunteer 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.
Lorraine has served on numerous Boards and Committees representing the interests of older people. For the past 20 years her main interests have been ageing and older people with particular interest in the most disadvantaged.
JUSTIN MORAN - HEAD OF ADVOCACY & COMMUNICATIONS
After graduating from Dublin City University, Justin worked for Sinn Féin in a variety of national policy and advocacy roles, including as head of the party’s Leinster House Press Office.
Leaving in 2007, he worked briefly with the European Anti-Poverty Network and then joined Amnesty International Ireland where he ran the communications team for the next six and a half years. Before joining Age Action, he worked with EirGrid, the national transmission system operator, on one of the country’s largest infrastructure projects.
Justin has a Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in International Relations.
CAROLINE O'CONNELL - HEAD OF FUNDRAISING
Having studied Science (TCD) and Journalism (DIT), Caroline then ‘fell into’ fundraising and never looked back.
Since 1999 she has held Senior Management positions with Dublin Simon Community, CARI and Plan International and also worked as a fundraising consultant.
In addition to fundraising she has co-ordinated internationally recognised and high profile campaigns, conferences and events.
She has played a key role in the development of many charities and generated tens of millions in fundraising during her career, whilst also gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge of not-for-profit sector management.
GAIL KENNEDY - HEAD OF RETAIL OPERATIONS
Gail Kennedy joined Age Action in 2016 and within 12 months doubled the size of the organisation’s network of charity stores with new outlets opening in Ballincollig, Co Cork, Terenure, Dublin, and Francis St. Galway. Our stores are recognised as the best high-end charity stores in the sector.
Gail brought more than 20 years retail management experience to Age Action. She worked in the private retail sector in a number of senior management roles in Ireland's leading big-box retailers including Dunnes, Marks & Spencer's and Woodies, Gail combines her enjoyment of working in the charity sector with her business management skills. Gail has a vast portfolio of expertise in retail buying, selling, merchandising, store development & design, compliance and senior business management.
Gail holds an honours degree from the National College of Art and Design along with a number of business qualifications.