Patrick Connolly - Chief Executive
Paddy Connolly was Chief Executive Officer of Inclusion Ireland since early 2012. Inclusion Ireland is a national disability organisation that advocates for the rights of persons with an intellectual disability.
Prior to this Paddy was CEO of Cairde for 14 years. Cairde advocates for the rights of Black and Minority & Ethnic Communities in Ireland. As part of his work Paddy has developed values-based approaches to equality and Human Rights advocacy and the application of values-based organisation management. He has particular interest and experience in managing organisational change and strengthening NGO capacity to bring about social change.
Earlier in his career Paddy worked in social care, youth work, community development and he has practiced as a certified family mediator and conflict specialist. Paddy holds a BA in Management and an MA in International Relations. In May of 2018 Paddy was appointed by President Michael D. Higgins as a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
VICKY HARRIS - HEAD OF PROGRAMMES
Vicky Harris joined Age Action in 2020 as Head of Programmes. Vicky’s responsibilities include policy development, and the creation, implementation and evaluation of programmes which respond to the needs of older people.
Prior to taking up her post with Age Action, Vicky managed and developed all homeless and housing services for the Dublin Simon Community in Wicklow, Meath and Kildare. Vicky has worked with members of the Traveller Community in Ireland to support equality of access to mental health services. She also worked with a disabilities group in West Africa (Burkina Faso). While there, Vicky strengthened this grassroot organisation’s organisational and financial capacity. Key achievements include sourcing funds to build a school premises and securing three teaching positions for children with hearing difficulties.
Vicky has dedicated her career to working alongside marginalised groups. She has a history of developing services based on people’s self-identified needs. Vicky holds a BA in Politics and Economics, and an MA in International Security and Conflict Studies.
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.
JOHN O MAHONY – NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER CARE & REPAIR
John is the Care & Repair National Development Manager and Manager of Age Action South.
He originally qualified in Business and his early career was in retail, sales and banking. He then joined the charity sector, working for eight years in the Fundraising Departments of ISPCC and Threshold before returning to education to study Community Development.
In 2010 John became the first Age Action staff member based in Cork and launched our Care & Repair and Advocacy services there. He has since overseen the opening of a dedicated office in Cork which facilitates Age Action's Programmes - Care & Repair and Getting Started as well as local Advocacy and Fundraising.
Under John’s leadership the Care & Repair service has doubled the number of locations in which it is available around the country and tripled the number of services it provides to older people.
John holds a Master’s Degree in Electronic Business and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Development.
JENNIFER COEN - HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION & HR
Jennifer has been with Age Action for ten years, joining in 2011 as Assistant CE Supervisor having previous worked in the Central Remedial Clinic. She went on to become Officer Manager in 2013 and is now our Head of Administration & HR.
Before joining the organisation she lived abroad and co-owned and ran a successful business in Spain for eight years before returning to Ireland in 2008.
GERARD SCULLY - SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER
Gerard is with Age Action nearly 23 years, he came in originally on a Community Employment Scheme as a Librarian and Information Officer. He has a professional qualification in Librarianship and Information provision and a Masters in Anthropology.
Before Age Action he worked in Focus Point and Pavee Point as a Librarian. He manages Age Action’s Information Service and continues to enjoy working with and for older people.
PINA ATTANASIO - VOLUNTEER MANAGER
Pina Attanasio joined Age Action in 2019 as National Volunteer Manager. Pina has dedicated the last fifteen years of her career to defending human rights around the world through her work. Having previously worked with Amnesty International, Pina managed and co-ordinated volunteers, led large scale demonstrations and generated significant change.
Pina also worked overseas in a refugee camp in Lesvos, supporting vulnerable refugees, and with street children in Malawi. The experience at Lesvos Solidarity Refugee Camp was especially impactful on her career. Inspired by the tireless efforts of the volunteers in the camp, Pina’s own dedication to campaigning and advocacy was reinforced.
In her work she strives to keep volunteers motivated, appreciated and ensure they feel needed in their engagement with the organisation.
NAT O'CONNOR - SENIOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS & POLICY SPECIALIST
Nat has worked on social and economic policy for over 15 years and has worked in Dublin’s Homeless Agency, in the thinktank TASC, for the Labour Party in the Oireachtas, and at Ulster University and Maynooth University. He is the author or co-author of a range of publications, including Ireland’s first comprehensive report on economic inequality. Nat has a Masters in politics and social policy from the University of Dundee in Scotland and a PhD in politics from Trinity College Dublin.