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

Niamh O'Reilly

Niamh O'Reilly

Chief Executive Officer

Niamh O'Reilly

Chief Executive Officer

Niamh O'Reilly is the Chief Executive Officer of AONTAS. She is responsible for the overall management of the organisation, the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and the organisation and development of the staff team. She reports to the Officer Board and Executive Committee of AONTAS.

OUR TEAM

Katie O'Rourke

Katie O'Rourke

Communications Lead

Katie O'Rourke

Communications Lead

Katie is responsible for leading a complimentary team under the areas of Information and Events. She is also responsible for the implementation of the AONTAS Communications Strategy; ensuring that all internal and external communications are in line with the organisation’s strategic goals, and ensuring the highest possible outcomes and reach.

Benjamin Hendriksen

Benjamin Hendriksen

Advocacy Lead

Benjamin Hendriksen

Advocacy Lead

Benjamin Hendriksen is the AONTAS Advocacy Lead and is responsible on a regional, national and European level for leading a team that focuses on advocating for members while providing evidence-based policy positions that respond to members’ needs.

Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne

Finance Lead

Emma Byrne

Finance Lead

Emma leads the finance and administration team at AONTAS. Emma is responsible for managing and reporting on all the financial matters of AONTAS. Emma and her team are responsible for the development of effective and reliable financial reporting systems that enable AONTAS to reach its strategic goals.

Suzanne Kyle

Suzanne Kyle

Community Education Network Coordinator

Suzanne Kyle

Community Education Network Coordinator

Suzanne is responsible for the AONTAS Community Education Network (CEN) including overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of the work in order to support the growth, sustainability and development of the CEN in line with the current AONTAS Strategic Plan.

Leah Dowdall

Leah Dowdall

Learner Advocacy Officer

Leah Dowdall

Learner Advocacy Officer

Leah Dowdall is the Learner Advocacy Officer in AONTAS. Leah is responsible for developing a learner support strategy designed to ensure that the voice and issues of all adult learners is heard by policy makers and other relevant audiences. Leah also leads out on the National Further Education and Training (FET) Learner Forum, where FET learners are given a national platform to influence FET policy in Ireland.

John Ryan

John Ryan

Office Manager

John Ryan

Office Manager

John Ryan, Office Manager is responsible for the overall maintenance of all office systems. He also provides PA support to the CEO, oversees the administrative support requirements of all teams and oversees operational HR activities and, supports the Finance Lead with financial administration.

Steph Keane

Steph Keane

Administrative Assistant

Steph Keane

Administrative Assistant

Dearbháil Lawless

Dearbháil Lawless

European Projects Officer

Dearbháil Lawless

European Projects Officer

Dearbháil is responsible for the project management and administration of the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) project and other EU funded projects.

Edel Sheerin

Edel Sheerin

National FET Learner Forum Administration and Events Officer

Edel Sheerin

National FET Learner Forum Administration and Events Officer

Edel works closely with the Leaner Advocacy Officer and is responsible for supporting the implementation of the National Further Education and Training Learner Forum, where FET learners are given a national platform to influence FET policy in Ireland. Edel provides logistical and data entry support for all Forum events, corresponds with all Forum stakeholders and supports learners involved in the Forum.

Sam O’Brien-Olinger

Sam O’Brien-Olinger

Information Officer

Sam O’Brien-Olinger

Information Officer

Sam is responsible for delivering high quality information through the One Step Up Information Referral Service which includes a Freephone Helpline, website and information booklet. Sam also supports the informational base of AONTAS advocacy activities including regular reports on latest policy developments, statistics and trends, producing blogs and disseminating outcomes of this work. Sam is also responsible for delivering, administering and reporting ERASMUS+ KA1 and KA2 projects and is the Data Protection Officer in AONTAS.

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