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AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, a voluntary membership organisation.

Tara Farrell

Tara Farrell

AONTAS Chairperson - Longford Women's Link

Tara Farrell

AONTAS Chairperson - Longford Women's Link

Tara Farrell is the newly elected Chairperson of AONTAS. Tara is the Deputy CEO of Longford Women's Link (LWL), a community centre that provides a wide range of services to women in Longford and the surrounding areas, including education and training.

AONTAS BOARD

Colm Kilgallon

Colm Kilgallon

AONTAS - The ALBA Programme

Colm Kilgallon

AONTAS - The ALBA Programme

Colm Kilgallon is a mentor, lecturer and former Chair of the ALBA Programme (Adult Learning BA for Personal and Professional Development). He is currently a board member of ALBA Association and sits on the Age & Opportunity’s advisory board for lifelong learning.

Liam Ahearn

Liam Ahearn

Tipperary Education and Training Board

Liam Ahearn

Tipperary Education and Training Board

Liam was elected to the AONTAS board in 2017 and has served as a learner representative on the board of Tipperary ETB since 2013. Liam has been actively involved in adult and community education sector for over 14 years.

Gabriel Keating

Gabriel Keating

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)

Gabriel Keating

Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)

Gabriel is serving his second term on the AONTAS board, having been first elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. A resident of County Clare, he has been active in his local community for the last 50 years and has had involvement in both regional organisations and national organisations.

Chris Ó Rálaigh

Chris Ó Rálaigh

Individual Member

Chris Ó Rálaigh

Individual Member

Chris was co-opted to the AONTAS board in 2016 and re-elected in 2017. He currently works as a Learning and Development Coordinator within Community Employment and as an adult educator within the Further Education and Training (FET) sector, specialising in Community Development.

Liz O'Sullivan

Liz O'Sullivan

AONTAS - Adult Education Officers’ Association (AEOA)

Liz O'Sullivan

AONTAS - Adult Education Officers’ Association (AEOA)

Liz O'Sullivan has been involved with adult education her entire career. Working with City of Dublin Vocational Educational Committee as a teacher working in Mountjoy Prison. Liz then became the City Coordinator of Youthreach . She has been an Adult Education Officer (AEO) since 2001 and represents the AEOA on the National Advisory Committee on Adult Literacy and several other boards and committees. She is also a qualified Group Analyst with a particular interest in organisational culture and team dynamics.

Brian Dooney

Brian Dooney

Age and Opportunity

Brian Dooney

Age and Opportunity

Brian was elected to the AONTAS board in 2017. He has been involved in education for the past 25 years, both as a secondary school teacher and principal, and as a lecturer in All Hallows College/Dublin City University (DCU).

Moira Leydon

Moira Leydon

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland

Moira Leydon

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland

Moira was elected to the AONTAS board in 2017. She is currently the Assistant General Secretary with the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI). Her current role is focused on education & research and includes areas such as lifelong learning, vocational education and training and higher education.

John D'Arcy

John D'Arcy

AONTAS - The Open University

John D'Arcy

AONTAS - The Open University

John D’Arcy is the National Director of The Open University in Ireland and has vast educational & governance experience. He is an active member on the Forum for Adult Learning in Northern Ireland and a former Chair of many organisations including Enterprise Northern Ireland and Audience Northern Ireland.

Alice Mc Donnell

Alice Mc Donnell

AONTAS - Transformative Recovery College

Alice Mc Donnell

AONTAS - Transformative Recovery College

Alice McDonnell has held the role of Coordinator/Peer Educator with Transformative Recovery College Longford/Westmeath for the past 5 years and has been involved in adult and community education and volunteering for over 30 years. Her work provides a range of Recovery Education programmes on mental health and wellbeing. The college also runs social inclusion projects that promote connectedness, transferable skills for progression into the workplace or further education.

Joy-Tendai Kangere

Joy-Tendai Kangere

AONTAS Adult Learners Representative

Joy-Tendai Kangere

AONTAS Adult Learners Representative

Joy-Tendai Kangere is an Adult Learner Advocate/Blogger, Interpreter, and aspiring lawyer who is passionate for equality and human rights for women and minority communities. Joy became an adult learner when she completed a 4-year Bachelor of Civil Law degree in UCD Sutherland School of Law. In 2018, Joy received the prestigious Denham Fellowship. She was admitted to the Barrister-at-Law Full Time degree at the Honourable King's Inns 2018-2019. She has received an award for Female Business Achiever from the Insurance and Business Federation.

Tom O'Brien

Tom O'Brien

AONTAS - South County Dublin Partnership

Tom O'Brien

AONTAS - South County Dublin Partnership

Tom O’Brien qualified as an adult educator in 1999 with an MA in Adult and Community Education and a PHD in 2004. Since then he has worked in the addiction sector managing services, conducting research and teaching at Maynooth. More recently he started working with the South County Dublin Partnership as an adult educator.

Alan Hand

Alan Hand

AONTAS Adult Learners Representative

Alan Hand

AONTAS Adult Learners Representative

Alan Hand returned to education to complete his Leaving Certificate after becoming unemployed in 2013 due to the recession. He completed his Leaving Cert through the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) run by Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB) in summer 2016. Since then he has become a strong advocate for adult learning and has a passion for issues that are of importance to adult learners. He has represented learners at local, national and European level and sits on the NFLF Advisory Group. Alan is currently employed by Dublin and Dun Laoghaire County Council and is a keen environmentalist.

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