Our Organisation

SAFE Ireland National Social Change Agency CLG, is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland. Registered company number 291205.

SAFE Ireland National Social Change Agency CLG is a registered charity with CHY number 13064.

SAFE Ireland Organisational Structure

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SAFE Ireland Board Members

The current Board comprises of 7 Directors who bring to the Board skills and expertise in Governance, Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Funding, Organisational Development, Culture & Change Management, Human Resources and Networking.

The 2017  Board members are:

Siobhán McKenna, (Chairperson), Siobhán is a founding member and Manager of Tearmann Domestic Violence Service, Monaghan for the past sixteen years. She holds a BA in Business, Enterprise and Community Development, a Diploma in Rural Development and Certification in Housing Management, Counselling, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Women’s Studies and Family Support.

Louise Lovett, BA Mgmt. (Hons) is the CEO of Longford Women’s Link (LWL) a substantial rural local non government organisation (NGO) which employs 110 staff and which supports women by providing affordable childcare, training and support in employment and self-employment options, domestic violence support, counselling services, while continuously advocating locally, regionally and nationally on issues that impact women and their families.

Prior to joining LWL in 2008, Louise gained extensive experience working in the corporate sector for 27 years, with 5 years in executive management. Louise has a proven track record in People, Process and Change Management as well as Strategic Planning and Programme Management & Implementation. Currently Louise is a member of the Board of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), Chairperson of Longford County Childcare Committee (LCCC), is a member of the Midlands Regional Joint Consultative Housing Forum (MRJHCF), is a member of Longford Westmeath Children & Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC), is Vice-Chair of County Longford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and is also a member of Longford County Council’s Socio Economic Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).

Jacinta Carey has been an activist in the area of Violence Against Women for the past 20 years. A founder member and current manager of Teach Tearmainn Women’s Refuge in Kildare, she has also previously held the role of Chairperson of SAFE Ireland.

Ann Larkin began working with Women’s Aid Dundalk as a support worker in 2005 and from there she went on to serve as a Board member and held the role of Chairperson for nine years. Women’s Aid Dundalk provides a range of pre crisis, crisis and post crisis services for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Ann holds a BA in Business (Management Studies), IPASS Payroll Technician and a Higher National Diploma in Community Development.

Barbara Harrison has always had a keen interest in the community and particularly the interests and needs of women. In the UK she was a founder member of a local women’s group with the vision supporting women in the home caring for their children. In 2005 Barbara joined Soroptimist International (SI) Wexford. This is a voluntary women’s organisation supporting women and girls throughout the world to achieve their full potential. She has held many club posts including President and was the National President for SI Republic of Ireland in 2011 – 2012. Her association with SAFE Ireland through Soroptimist International began while engaging in a promotion for safe loving relationships.

Elaine D’Alton is a community based activist currently coordinating the work of the Clare Women’s Network, which is part of The National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks (NCCWN). Elaine’s key area of interest is Feminism. She has worked on women’s issues for over two decades, with a particular interest in the eradication of violence against women. Elaine has a Masters degree in Partnership and Politics from the University of Limerick. She is deeply involved and interested in the use of culture and the arts as tools for personal and societal transformation.

Erengül Yoldas is the Proprietary Commercial Director of Direct Medical since 2003. Direct Medical, which is based in Athlone Co. Roscommon, is a leading service provider in sleep diagnostics and therapy in Ireland. Previously, Erengül was Vice President of Pro-Tip Ltd with responsibilities for the dealer network, import, export, product training and sales from 1999 to 2003. Prior to that Erengül worked as a general nurse from 1994-1999 and she holds an MBA, and a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.

Board Sub-Committees:

The Board Strategy Group reviews the overall development of the organisation and drafts proposed strategies. The group is comprised of members of the Board, senior employees and third party experts.

The Staffing Group is responsible for all employment issues including the organisation’s remuneration policy.

Meet the Team

SAFE Ireland currently employs five full-time staff who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Organisation’s affairs and programme delivery. A Finance Manager is employed on a part-time self employment contract basis.

Sharon O’ Halloran, Chief Executive Officer

(Bachelor of Divinity, Dip. Mediation, Diploma in Biodynamic Psychotherapy and is currently completing a MSc in Applied Social Research in Trinity College). Sharon has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 20 years and has a wide knowledge and expertise in organisational change, leadership, social change and violence against women.

As a fully qualified biodynamic psychotherapist, Sharon is also interested in the intersection between organisational development, social change and healing. As part of her work with SAFE Ireland she is exploring new ways of healing from trauma and ending intergenerational cycles of domestic violence.

Sharon applies learning from neuroscience, biodynamic psychology, organisational change and community organising to the development of new discourses on domestic and sexual violence. Sharon is passionate about the importance of centre staging the needs and experiences of women and children in all responses to violence against women and healing. Sharon is CEO of SAFE Ireland since 2001

Caitríona Gleeson, Programme & Communications Manager

Caitríona is a double graduate of NUI Galway with a B Comm (Hons) and a MA in Women’s Studies. She is a dynamic, innovative change leader with a strong commitment to achieving human rights, safety and equality for all women. She is passionate about being part of a social movement for change, which positively impacts on the lives of women and children affected by gender based violence. She has particular interest in culture change and legal system reform.

Caitríona has been working with SAFE Ireland for eight years and currently has responsibility for Programme and Communication Management. Caitríona joined SAFE Ireland with over ten years work experience in community and local development where she developed excellent skills in research, organisation development, communications, programme delivery, fundraising and service development for women and children impacted by gender based violence and the LGBTQ population.

Ann Flynn, Operations Manager

Ann is a graduate of NUI Galway and of Liverpool John Moore’s University and has a BA (Hons), a Masters in Rural Development and a Masters in Business Administration. Her career to date spans a range of sectors and settings including local, community, education and enterprise development. Ann has worked in community development for five years, in the public sector as Chief Executive Officer of an Enterprise Board for six years and as a Managing Director in the private sector for eight years. More recently Ann has been working in the local development sector delivering social inclusion programmes targeting those that are most disadvantaged in our community.

Ann has well developed skills and competencies in leadership, strategic thinking, organisational development, accessing funding and operations management.  Ann joined the team of SAFE Ireland in December 2015.

Claire Kearney, Office Manager

Claire is a graduate of Middlesex University with a first class honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She also holds a Diploma in Biodynamic Psychotherapy and Psychology from the Gerda Boyesen International Institute. Prior to joining SAFE Ireland, Claire worked in various administrative roles in the private sector, but moved into the Community & Voluntary sector from her interest in women’s issues.

Claire is working with SAFE Ireland since 2007 and as a qualified Biodynamic Psychotherapist is the first point of contact for women who contact SAFE Ireland and the general public and our SAFE Ireland members. Having also qualified with a Diploma in Biodynamic Massage she is keenly interested in the effect of trauma on the body and healing practices.

Shauna Markey, Policy & Research Officer

Shauna is a graduate of NUI Galway where she completed a BA in English and Political Science & Sociology. Her interests in social justice and gender inequality led her to complete an MA in Gender, Globalisation and Rights, with her thesis examining the challenges being faced by women in the Irish Justice System when they seek protection from Domestic Violence from a human rights perspective. Shauna has been working with SAFE Ireland since 2013.

Leo Galvin, Finance Manager

Leo is a Commerce graduate of University College Dublin and a member of the Institute of Administrative Accountants. He has spent twenty five years as Finance Director and Operations Director of both Irish and US multinational companies and a further twelve years managing his own Company. He holds several non executive Directorships and his Company offers a wide range of financial,accounting and business planning services to to local business and enterprises.