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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 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 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.

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 is the Learner Advocacy Officer in AONTAS. She 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 is the Office Manager at AONTAS and 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, oversees operational HR activities, and supports the Finance Lead with financial administration.

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.

Marta Feragalli

Marta Feragalli

Finance and Administration Officer

Marta Feragalli

Finance and Administration Officer

Marta is the Finance and Administration Officer. She works closely with the Office Manager and Finance Lead and provides finance and administrative support across all areas of work. Marta also plays an integral part in the upkeep of the AONTAS membership database.

Theresa Sweeney

Theresa Sweeney

Quality Assurance Support Officer

Theresa Sweeney

Quality Assurance Support Officer

Theresa is helping to provide support and resources to CEN members seeking to reengage with QQI. Support includes the development of resources that will help members to produce evidence for QQI of the quality accredited provision they provide.

Barry Dolan

Barry Dolan

Communications and Membership Officer

Barry Dolan

Communications and Membership Officer

Barry is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of a strong communications strategy, highlighting the value and benefits of adult learning, and supporting the work of AONTAS' strategic plan.

Sam O'Brien-Olinger

Sam O'Brien-Olinger

Information and Policy Officer

Sam O'Brien-Olinger

Information and Policy Officer

Sam is responsible for supporting projects relating to OneStepUp.ie and leading the Information Referral Service by delivering a high quality service to learners. This includes engaging with relevant AONTAS staff and external stakeholders and communicating the outcomes and impact of One Step Up. Sam also provides policy research and development support for AONTAS' Advocacy work. This includes researching, collating and disseminating work.

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