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 equality-based 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 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00 daily. 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, unless it a child protection concern unfortunately we are not in a position to investigate complaints in these circumstances. Our National Office complaints policies are outlined in full here.
Chief Executive Officer
Paul has been involved with Educate Together schools for the past 26 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. As CEO of Educate Together, Paul works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that the strategic objectives of the organisation are realised and that the views and needs of the organisation are accurately represented to Government and to the public.
Chief Operating Officer
Dee has taken over from Emer Nowlan as Chief Operating Officer for 12 months. Emer is taking a year’s sabbatical leave, and will return in December 2015. Dee first worked with Educate Together from 2003-2006. During this time she initiated Educate Together's report to the UN committee on the elimination of racial discrimination, and presented the report in Geneva. Since 2006 Dee has developed her career in other NGOs, first with the Irish Red Cross and most recently with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, working in Ireland and overseas.
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.
James provides administrative support for the National Office, which involves dealing with the general queries received in the office, providing administrative support at Educate Together meetings and events, and day-to-day office diary management. A graduate of NUI Galway in English and History, he has a background in housing administration and as a course book developer, and his areas of interest include volunteering, rights-based campaigning, and social justice.
Mairéad joined Educate Together in April 2015 as an administration assistant. She has a wealth of experience from working in the voluntary sector for a number of years. A Dublin native who obtained a BSocSc in Social Sciences from University College Dublin.
Communications, Fundraising & Advocacy Programme Manager
Luke has worked for Educate Together since 2010, and is responsible for planning, developing and implementing of all of the Educate Together's marketing strategies and public relations activities, both external and internal. Luke oversees the development of Educate Together’s support materials, digital platforms and communications to the Educate Together community of schools. He is responsible for managing the efforts of the organisation's communications team.
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.
Niamh is a recent recruit to the Educate Together team as Communications Officer. 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.
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.
Education & Support 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.
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.
Deirdre 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.
Governance & Patronage Programme Manager
A graduate from UL, Louise holds a M.A in History and a B.A. in History, Politics and Social Studies. Louise previously worked as School Support Officer at Educate Together.
Governance and Patronage Assistant
Jessica has been working with Educate Together since 2011. In her current role, she provides support in the areas of Governance and Patronage. Jessica previously held the roles of Administration Assistant and Diary Secretary to the CEO here in the National Office. She holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth.
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.
New Schools Programme Manager
Amy manages the New Schools Programme. The programme aims to increase the provision of Educate Together school places at primary and second-level, to meet the demand across Ireland for this type of education. It also aims to ensure that school accommodation is of an excellent standard.
Amy has been directly involved in the establishment of numerous Educate Together schools, and has extensive experience in school development and management. Amy holds a BA in History and Geography from Maynooth University and an MSc in Management (Innovation in Social Enterprise) from DCU.
Gerry Mc Kevitt
Regional Development Officer
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
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
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.