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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 is the newly elected Chairperson of AONTAS. She 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 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 McCarthy

Liam McCarthy

AONTAS - The Social Health and Education Project

Liam McCarthy

AONTAS - The Social Health and Education Project

Liam was elected to the AONTAS board in May 2019. Liam is a Senior Training and Development Officer with The Social and Health Education Project (SHEP), which is a significant organiser of Community Education in the Munster area. His main practice expertise involves developing and organising: experiential learning community education courses; reflective practice courses for community and voluntary staff and volunteers; and courses in participatory approaches to community and organisational development.

Seona Hyland

Seona Hyland

AONTAS - Adult Educational Guidance Association of Ireland Organisational Member

Seona Hyland

AONTAS - Adult Educational Guidance Association of Ireland Organisational Member

Seona was elected to the AONTAS Board in May 2019. She is an Adult Guidance Counsellor with Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB). She is also a member of the Adult Education Guidance Association of Ireland (AEGAI), a national body of adult guidance counsellors in the 16 ETBs around the country. She has been working as an adult guidance counsellor for 16 years.

Deirdre Markey

Deirdre Markey

AONTAS - ALBA Association

Deirdre Markey

AONTAS - ALBA Association

Deirdre was elected to the AONTAS Board in May 2019. She is a chartered accountant with over 13 years’ experience leading finance teams in the private sector. Deirdre is also a recent graduate of the Adult Learning BA for Personal and Professional Development (ALBA) programme and has a passionate commitment to lifelong learning. She currently works for Spirasi and leads an innovative integration programme for asylum seekers and refugees who are survivors of torture.

Liz O'Sullivan

Liz O'Sullivan

AONTAS - Adult Education Officers’ Association (AEOA)

Liz O'Sullivan

AONTAS - Adult Education Officers’ Association (AEOA)

Liz is an Adult Education Officer (AEO) and represents the AEOA on the National Advisory Committee on Adult Literacy. She has worked as a teacher in Mountjoy Prison as well as City Coordinator for Youthreach. She is a qualified Group Analyst with a particular interest in organisational culture and team dynamics.

Brian Dooney

Brian Dooney

AONTAS - Age and Opportunity

Brian Dooney

AONTAS - Age and Opportunity

Brian was first elected to the AONTAS Board in 2017 and re-elected in May 2019. Brian has worked in adult education for over 20 years, in All Hallows College/Dublin City University (DCU) and more recently in Age and Opportunity, the national non-profit organisation which promotes opportunities for greater participation by older people in society.

Moira Leydon

Moira Leydon

AONTAS - Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland

Moira Leydon

AONTAS - Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland

Moira was first elected to the AONTAS Board in 2017 and re-elected in May 2019. 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 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 is Coordinator/Peer Educator with Transformative Recovery College Longford/Westmeath 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.

Joy-Tendai Kangere

Joy-Tendai Kangere

AONTAS - Adult Learners Representative

Joy-Tendai Kangere

AONTAS - Adult Learners Representative

Joy-Tendai is an adult learner advocate, blogger, interpreter and aspiring lawyer who is passionate for equality and human rights for women and minority communities. She returned to education for a four-year Bachelor of Civil Law degree in UCD Sutherland School of Law. In 2018, Joy received the prestigious Denham Fellowship.

Tom O'Brien

Tom O'Brien

AONTAS - South County Dublin Partnership

Tom O'Brien

AONTAS - South County Dublin Partnership

Tom 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 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. He is a strong advocate for adult learning and has represented learners at local, national and European level and sits on the NFLF Advisory Group.

We advocate for the right of all adults in Ireland to quality lifelong learning.
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AONTAS CONSTITUTION

A voluntary committee drew up the Constitution for the Association which was ratified in 1970 and redrafted in 1978. AONTAS has amended its Constitution over the years to reflect the changing nature of adult education.