Our People

Board of Directors

Educate Together's Board of Directors are nominated by the organisation's membership. Members can also be co-opted by the Board and ratified at the next Annual General Meeting. They all serve in a voluntary capacity. 

Jennifer Cummins


Jennifer Cummins has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014. Elected Vice Chairperson in 2015 and Chairperson in 2017, she sits on the Education and Finance Sub Committees of the Board. She currently works as the Co-ordinator of Ballymun Anseo School Completion Programme which aims to support children and young people at risk of early school leaving. She is on the Patron Executive of Griffith Barracks MDS, where her children go to school. Jennifer has served on several Boards nationally. She started her Doctoral research in Ethical Education in 2016. 

Meena Baskarasubramanian

Meena has been chairperson of the Board of Management of Adamstown Castle ETNS since 2007. She was involved in the Educate Together second-level campaign and is an activist with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. She has been on the Board of Directors of MRCI and was also part of the National Advisory Committee of the Pathways to Parental Leadership project led by the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Meena has been a member of the Educate Together Board since 2014. 

Aidan Clifford

Aidan Clifford joined the Educate Together board in 2017 and sits on the education sub-committee. He is a member of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) Teacher Artist Partnership design team under the Arts in Education Charter and Creative Ireland and represents DES on the Council of Europe Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education committee and the Education Policy Advisors Network on competences for a democratic culture. Formerly director and now associate represents the CDETB Curriculum Development Unit on the Irish Aid funded development education WorldWise Global Schools consortium and the DES committee on education for sustainable development. He is a board member of Encountering the Arts Ireland and A Partnership with Africa, supports Poetry Ireland’s educational initiatives and initiatives addressing the root causes and effects of disadvantage.

Robert Cochran

Robert Cochran has been Chairperson of Ballinteer Educate Together National School since January 2013. Over several decades, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects and campaigning activities in the fields of human rights, civil liberties and equality. He has a Master's degree in Business Administration and has set up and managed a wide range of both commercial and charitable companies. He was elected to the Educate Together board in 2015.

Paul Croghan

Paul was appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Management of Maynooth Educate Together NS in 2011. With his working background in the private sector he also brings extensive experience of the statutory sector where he is involved as a voluntary director. He has successfully led a number of statutory bodies and community organisations in County Kildare. Paul was elected to the Board of Educate Together in May 2016.

Caitríona Hand

Caitriona first joined Educate Together in 2004, when she became a teacher and Deputy Principal of Newbridge ETNS. Caitriona is now principal of Citywest ETNS, a rapidly-developing school in Dublin 24. Caitriona is also a mentor for newly-appointed principals with the Centre for School Leadership. Caitriona joined the Educate Together board in 2017.

Danny Haskins

Since January 2016 Danny has been Patron Nominee to Stepaside Educate Together National School's Board of Management; prior to that he was on the board of Educate Together in Wicklow town for 8 years, including four as Chairperson. His three children have attended an Educate Together school. Danny is a dairy farmer in Co Wicklow.

Siobhan Mortell

Siobhan has many years of experience teaching language at university level. She is passionate about education in general as well as language teaching & learning. Having seen first-hand over many years the type of learner that is created by the current manner of teaching, learning and examining at secondary level in Ireland, she is delighted to channel her creative energy and practical experience to contribute to changing this for the better. She joined the Educate Together Board of Directors in 2017.

Paddie Murphy

Paddie is a former principal of Rathfarnham Educate Together N.S. and currently serves on the Board of Management of Griffith Barracks Multi-denominational School. She is one of the four authors of the Learn Together Programme. Paddie joined the Educate Together Board of Directors in 2009.

Anna O'Flanagan

Anna is a former pupil and now mother of three children at Dalkey School Project. She has been an active member of the DSP PTA for many years and was nominated for Educate Together by the school Board of Management. She has a keen interest in social justice and has a Masters degree in Equality Studies. Anna works for the Citizens Information Board.

Martina von Richter

Martina von Richter has rich experience in the area of social entrepreneurship and impact investments. She joined Phitrust Partenaires in 2007, a leading French social venture fund. She is a highly regarded expert and advocate of impact investments within the finance community and is dedicated to teaching children about responsible entrepreneurship, peace values and life skills. She was elected to the Educate Together Board in 2014.

Address: Educate Together, Equity House, 16/17 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7, Ireland - Charity Number: CHY 11816