Meet the team: Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick

Terry Dignan

Director of EPIC Terry Dignan joined EPIC in January 2017. Terry is the former Director of Trinity Consultants, a leading provider of support services to organizations supporting children and youth. He has over 20 years’ experience working in both the statutory and voluntary sectors in Ireland and internationally. He is former Director of the Sheredar Foundation, the first rehabilitation centre of its kind providing services to children and families from Russia. He was Director of Programmes at Barretstown and Chief Executive Officer at L’Envol (France), a centre for children and families affected by life-threatening illnesses. He was involved in a number of international children’s projects including the Beslan School siege, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami rehabilitation and leadership programmes for children and youth whose lives are affected by conflict. Terry can be contacted at terrydignan@epiconline.ie.

Charlotte Farrar

Communications Manager Charlotte joined the EPIC team in November 2016. She is in charge of EPIC’s internal and external communications, social media, website and media releases, monitors international and national policy developments, and collaborates with other charities and NGOs in the sector. Charlotte may be contacted at charlottefarrar@epiconline.ie

Karla Charles

Policy Officer Karla is EPIC’s Policy Officer and has been working in the children’s rights and human rights sector for over a decade. She holds a Masters in Laws (LL.M London) in Human Rights Law, with a focus on children’s rights. She completed her graduate studies at Trinity College and postgraduate studies at the King’s Inns.  She has previously worked for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO), the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI), the Children’s Commissioner for England, amongst others. Karla can be contacted at karlacharles@epiconline.ie

Patricia Thorp

Office Manager Patricia is responsible for the day-to-day working of EPIC’s national office taking on whatever duties need to be done to keep the office running efficiently, allowing other staff members to concentrate on their own jobs. Patricia joined EPIC in 2005, having previously worked as PA and Team Assistant for various businesses in the Corporate Sector.   Patricia can be contacted at patriciathorp@epiconline.ie

John Murphy

Advocacy Officer Southern Region. John has worked in residential care in both Wicklow and Cork. Following on from this he worked in Barnardos as part of the Origins team that worked with people who went through the Industrial and Reformatory School system to help them access information about their past and to trace family members. He has also worked in Limerick as a Community Resource Worker as part of the Family Support Initiative. John can be contacted at johnmurphy@epiconline.ie

Peter Lane

Advocacy Officer Dublin Mid Leinster. Peter has many years of experience working in residential care, often with young people with complex and challenging needs. Before that, he worked with YAP, as a Youth Worker and he used to give workshops in communications and media studies. He also has extensive experience in event organisation and management. Peter has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Communications and Development and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies. He has a BA (Hons), a National Certificate in Philosophical Studies and a Diploma in Print Media and Journalism. He also has Fetac Level 6 qualification in Management. He is deeply interested in Social Justice and issues concerning Equality. Peter can be contacted at peterlane@epiconline.ie

Thérèse Gogarty

Advocacy Administrator Thérèse joined EPIC in September 2012 as Administrator to the National Advocacy Service. Thérèse comes to EPIC with over 20 years’ experience of working in Community and Family Support Projects. Thérèse can be contacted at theresegogarty@epiconline.ie

Réidín Dunne

Advocacy Manager I have many years experience of working with children and young people. I have always worked directly with children, young people and their families. I have also worked in education, residential care, youth justice, youth work with teen parents and with families who need support. Réidín can be contacted at reidindunne@epiconline.ie

Research Officer

Recruitment for this post will be announced shortly. In the mean time, queries can be directed at info@epiconline.ie.

Child and Youth Engagement Officer

Recruitment for this post is open. Please check our vacancies for the application form and job description.

Fiona Murray

Advocacy Officer Dublin North East. Fiona was appointed as a Children’s Rights & Participation Officer with EPIC in January 2006. Fiona has many years experience in residential care and in more recent times has worked with Early School Leavers in a community setting. Fiona may be contacted at fionamurray@epiconline.ie

Fidelma Guinan

Fidelma Guinan

Advocacy Officer Dublin North East.  Fidelma was previously working with Epic as Youth Engagement Officer. Fidelma can be contacted at fidelmaguinan@epiconline.ie

Edel Weldon

Edel Weldon

Advocacy Officer Dublin Mid Leinster. Edel worked in Children’s Residential Centre’s for 9 years as a Social Care Worker, Acting Social Care Leader/ Deputy Manager as well as acting Manager of a Children’s Residential Centre. She was the first established Aftercare Worker in the then HSE Dublin South City Area and developed the Aftercare service (Now part of TUSLA Dublin South Central) and is on the Board of the Irish Aftercare Network. She holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care from Sligo I.T. She joined the team in EPIC in January 2017. Edel can be contacted at edelweldon@epiconline.ie

Brenda Kneafsey

Advocacy Officer Western Region. Brenda has been involved as Aftercare Network Support Co-ordinator since May 2007. Brenda has previously spent 8 years working in Management in long term Residential Care in Galway and Wicklow and during her professional career has worked with young people from age 7 onwards. Brenda may be contacted at brendakneafsey@epiconline.ie

Suzanne O'Brien

Suzanne O’Brien

Participation and Development Coordinator  Suzanne is the Participation Officer and she is setting up Fora all over Ireland with different age groups, contact Suzanne in the EPIC Dublin Office if you want more information about Fora in your area.

Suzanne can be contacted at suzanneobrien@epiconline.ie

Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh

Advocacy Officer  Mid West Region (Limerick, Clare and Tipperary). Joe joined EPIC in January 2016 and has a professional background in youth work, family support and community work.  Joe holds a BA Degree from Mary Immaculate Collage and in recent times completed a MA in Social Work from NUIG.  Joe has a strong belief in educating young people and providing them with avenues to express their ideas, thoughts and opinions and in doing so, empowering them to take ownership of their lives. Joe can be contacted at joewalsh@epiconline.ie

 

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