National Office Staff
Educate Together's National Office team supports the growth and development of its network of schools nationwide. The National Office represents Educate Together's membership at national level in government, in the media and in both public and private sectors. The team has grown in recent years in line with the ever increasing demands of Irish parents for the choice of multi-denominational education to be made available to every family.
We're here to help! Below is contact information for the Educate Together team. Note: the switchboard (01 4292500) is manned between 09:30 - 12:00 and 15:00 - 17:00 daily. Staff can be contacted on their mobiles outside of these hours, all voicemail messages will be passed on to the relevant party daily.
Making complaints to the National Office: Under the Education Act 1998, legally, all schools are managed by the school Board of Management, on behalf of the school patron. Therefore parents wishing to make a complaint against a school or individual staff member of a school should contact the relevant school authorities. Details of the procedures can be found on the website of the Department of Education and Skills. The National Office can only provide assistance to callers who have already followed the above outlined procedures. While we understand that callers, occasionally, may wish to remain anonymous, unfortunately we are not in a position to investigate complaints in these circumstances.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul has been involved with Educate Together schools for the past 21 years, as a parent, activist, board member and national representative. He has a background in community activism and came to Educate Together from a career as a systems analyst, software developer and manager in the security printing industry. He is passionately interested in building organisations that release the full human potential of their members and sees Educate Together as an example of good practice in this area. He has been closely involved in the current efforts to establish a national network of Educate Together primary schools and to apply the principles of the Educate Together Charter to secondary education.
He was elected Chairperson of Educate Together on its transformation into a limited company in 1998, was re-elected in 1999 and 2000 and held this post until May 2001.In June 2002, he was appointed CEO of Educate Together. He is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Education and Training Management. As CEO of Educate Together, Paul works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that the views and needs of the organisation are accurately represented to Government and to the public through the media.
Deirdre currently manages the Management Education and Support programme. She has been involved with Educate Together since 1988, when she was appointed to the National Executive of the organisation. In 1994, she became Educate Together’s first employee, initially as National Co-ordinator. Her work involves supporting the school network, including a confidential service to principals and chairpersons of Boards of Management, aiming to ensure good practice in the area of leadership and governance. This is done through training, advice, resources, facilitations, ethos self-evaluation tool for schools and volunteering.
Deirdre has worked in a number of diverse areas: accounting, media, mediation, health, law, retail and wholesale. She holds a degree in Social Sciences, a Diploma in Mediation, and is a qualified TEFL teacher. She is also a member of the INTO's Mediation Panel.
Chief Operating Officer
Emer is in change of operations, and oversees all national office programmes. Originally a second-level teacher, Emer has wide experience in different areas of education, management and business in Ireland and abroad. She has a lifelong interest in the relationship between equality and education, and continues to explore this through post-graduate study and research, as well as through her work and life experience.
Louise has been in post as Educate Together Office Manager since 2008, she oversees all HR, IT, Accounting and Administrative functions of the National Office. With a background in offshore banking, sales and work with other start up businesses as Office Manager, Louise brings this experience to her work for Educate Together. Louise is from Dublin and is a psychology graduate of Dublin Business School.
Jessica has been working with Educate Together since 2011. Jessica provides administration support for the National Office, which involves dealing with general queries received in the office, providing administrative support at Educate Together meetings and events and day to day office diary management.
Second-Level Education Officer
Ann joined Educate Together in 2009 as Second-level Education Officer. She is responsible for planning towards the opening of the first Educate Together Second-level schools. This includes piloting specific curricular projects, co-ordinating volunteer working groups and communicating our second-level plans to wider audiences.
Ann has several years’ second-level teaching experience in schools in Ireland, the UK and Australia. She also supervises student teachers at NUI Maynooth, and previously worked as an Education Officer at the Irish Film Institute. She holds a Masters Degree in Drama from UCD and her daughter is a pupil in an Educate Together school.
Luke has worked for Educate Togehter since 2010, and is currently managing the Communications, Fundraising and Advocacy programme. Luke is responsible for ensuring that the Educate Together message is carried in local, regional and national print and broadcast media. He also manages Educate Together's online presence and communications to the Educate Together community.
A graduate of UCD, Luke holds a BA International in History and Political Science. He has studied international relations at the University of California, and has completed an MA in Public Affairs and Political Communications at DIT.
Sales and Marketing Assistant
Niamh is a recent recruit to the Educate Together team as Sales and Marketing Assistant supporting the Communications, Fundraising and Advocacy programme. She has a background in digital strategy, online marketing and graphic design and has completed an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration at UCD.
Primary Education Officer
Fionnuala co-ordinates courses on Educate Together and the Learn Together curriculum in the Colleges of Education. She edits online and face-to-courses on the Learn Together and is involved in supporting the curriculum in the schools through inservice and the development of resources.
Fionnuala has an MA in Equality Studies from UCD and is currently on secondment from Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School.
Second-level Programme Manager
Ruth Doggett is the Second-level Programme Manager and is responsible for co-ordinating the organisation's and network resources to ensure the best possible start for our new second-level schools due to open in September 2014. Ruth is a qualified second-level teacher and brings to Educate Together her extensive experience of teaching and management in formal and non formal education at home and abroad, with organisations such as Save the Children, Focus Ireland and Comhlamh.
Ruth holds a Masters degree in Education, Gender and International Development from the Institute of Education in London and is driven by a commitment to education for social and global justice. A mother to three young children, Ruth is all too familiar with the need to secure more educational choice for our children and young people.
Ethos Development Officer
Emma is the newest member of the Leadership and Governance Development team, having joined Educate Together in November 2011. A major aspect of the Ethos Development Officer role is supporting schools in examining their ethos through a self-evaluation process. This process forms the basis for much of Emma’s ongoing work as evaluation findings and the process itself often lead to additional support and training being provided to groups within the school community. Emma is also a point of contact for ethos related queries.
Emma’s background is in the non-formal education sector, having worked as a trainer and facilitator for many years before moving into research and evaluation work. Emma’s future learning plan includes finishing an MA in Child, Family and Community Studies to complement her B(Sc) Honors Degree in Education and Training.
Development and Fundraising Coordinator
Sarah joined the National Office in July 2010 as Volunteer Officer, and in early 2014, moved into her current Development role. Sarah has had a varied career at operational and management level in the Corporate, Education and NGO Sectors. Driven by her commitment to social change and innovation, Sarah has brought her 4.5 years of experience working with Volunteer Ireland to the team in Educate Together. A passionate volunteer herself, she has engaged in the following areas; Community Radio, Child Protection, various Festivals and LGBT Community Support. Sarah has been an active Board member also, in three other organisations working in the areas of Media Literacy, local Community Development and with an international organisation working to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding.
School Support Officer
Louise has held the position of School Support Officer at Educate Together since 2008. She is responsible for providing and developing training programmes for Boards of Management, both online and face-to-face. She provides leadership support (confidential advice) to Chairpersons and Principals in the Educate Together network. She also provides support and guidance to school management in the following areas: HR (including recruitment, redeployment and contracts), Enrolment, Child Protection, Garda Vetting and Patronage (leases, recruitment of school staff).
Louise previously held the roles of Administration Manager and Team Assistant at Educate Together. She holds a M.A in History and a B.A. in History, Politics and Social Studies from UL.
Authorised Signatory for Garda Vetting
Catherine is the liaision person between the Chairpersons of the Boards of Management and the Garda Central Vetting Unit. She is responsible for the processing of all Garda Vetting Forms for all non-teaching staff and volunteers in the Educate Together network.
Catherine previously held the position of Chairperson of Rathfarnham Educate Together National School and was Chairperson of Educate Together at a time when there where only eight schools in the network. She is married and her two boys were among the first pupils to attend Rathfarnham ETNS.
Gerry Mc Kevitt
Regional Development Officer for North Leinster (Dublin City North, Fingal, Louth, Meath, Monaghan)
Gerry first became involved in Educate Together in the late 1990s, as a parent member of the start-up which resulted in the opening of Swords ETNS. He then became involved in the national organisation as a volunteer, and later was the first New Schools Officer to be appointed to the National Office team in 2007. Gerry brings his extensive and valuable experience of establishing and managing numerous Educate Together primary schools to the role of Regional Development Officer.
Regional Development Officer for South Leinster (Team Leader)
Amy leads the team of Regional Development Officers. Her role involves the establishment and management of new primary and second-level schools in the South Leinster region.
Having spent five years as the Chairperson of the Start-up group and Board of Management of an Educate Together national school, Amy brought her volunteer experience to the national office when she began working as a New Schools Officer in 2007. A graduate of NUI Maynooth, she has been directly involved in the establishment of numerous Educate Together national schools throughout Ireland, and has extensive experience in school establishment and management.
Regional Development Officer for Ireland South (Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, Limerick and Kerry)
Niall is a Business Graduate and spent most of his working life in Industry but a lifetimes passion for education saw him join Educate Together and his drive, aligned to a sharp business acumen, has been a boon to the organisation in many ways.
Regional Development Officer for Ireland West
Jarlath Munnelly is Educate Together's Regional Development Officer for Ireland West, including the counties of Connacht, Cavan, Clare, Donegal, Longford & Westmeath. A teaching graduate from the University of Limerick, prior to working for Educate Together Jarlath taught in Limerick & Mayo.