LORRAINE FITZSIMONS - ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Lorraine Fitzsimons is Acting Chief Executive 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.
JENNIFER COEN - ACTING HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION
Jennifer has been with Age Action for six years, joining in 2011 as Assistant CE Supervisor having previous worked in the Central Remedial Clinic.
She went on to become Officer Manager and is now Acting Head of Administration.
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.
BILLY O'KEEFFE - ACTING HEAD OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Billy O’Keeffe joined Age Action as Programme Manager for Life Long Learning in October 2016. Billy began his working life as a teacher in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.
He has worked in the private sector with Ebookers and Vipre and with charities such as SVP and Crosscare. Billy has also been involved with twinning schools in Ireland with schools in South Africa through an organisation called Amawele.
With over 20 years experience in Ireland’s charity sector, Billy has found a new and exciting challenge in working with Age Action’s intergenerational, life long learning and U3A programmes.