Speaker Biographies - Innovating for Good 2011

Innovating for Good 2011 - The Wheel's annual conference

Speaker Biographies


Gert joined The Wheel in 2008 as Communications Officer. A graduate in Political Science and Journalism, he cut his teeth in the world of radio, corporate communications and book publishing. Gert also edits the sector magazine Le Chèile.


Ava joined Carmichael Centre as CEO in 2007 having spent five years as Director of Services with Brainwave, The Irish Epilepsy Association and several years in Training and Research Management with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC). Ava manages a team of 56 full-time and part time staff and trainees and is the Company Secretary for Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups.


Eddie is Director of Advanced Organisation. He has worked for 35 years as an independent consultant specialising in strategy, large-scale organisation change and innovation. He has carried out assignments in all sectors, ranging from central banks to religious orders and from multinational corporations to NGOs and universities. Eddie has extensive experience of consulting to the public service. He has worked in many countries around the world and for four years was based in Barbados, West Indies.


Carol is an independent consultant within the non-profit sector, specialising in people development. Previously she was CEO of Common Purpose Ireland (2000 - 2005), an organisation that runs challenging programmes for leaders of all ages, backgrounds and sectors. She is also a Director of AIESEC Ireland. Previously she worked as a Project Coordinator with Parents Alone Resource Centre and a Stabilisation Programme Team Supervisor with Merchants Quay Ireland.


Ivan is Director of Advocacy with The Wheel. He has worked in a range of positions in Ireland and Scotland including Administration Manager with the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, Chief Executive Officer with Wicklow Chamber of Commerce, and European Funding Officer in Dundee College of Further Education. Ivan was a member of the National Economic and Social Forum and served on its management committee.


Seán is Chief Executive Officer of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a non-profit organisation that encourages and supports the development of social entrepreneurship in Ireland. Previously Seán worked in the private and public sectors and was a Principal Officer in the Department of Communications before taking upmanagement roles in Baltimore Technologies and subsequently Guardeonic Solutions.


Stuart was appointed Chief Executive of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in 1994. He is Pro-Chancellor of Greenwich University, a Council Member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an Advisory Group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy and a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union. In June 2010 Stuart received a knighthood in recognition of his work on behalf of the voluntary and community sector.


Deirdre is Chief Executive Officer of The Wheel. She is a member of the Steering Group for European Year of Volunteering 2011. Previously she was a member of the Steering Group of Social Partnership, the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) and the Implementation and Advisory Group (IAG) of the White Paper on Supporting Voluntary Activity. Prior to joining The Wheel Deirdre was Director of Development (Fundraising) at The Barretstown Gang Camp in Kildare.


Seán is Director of Social Justice Ireland. For more than 25 years he has been active on issues of socio-economic policy in Ireland. Before that he worked for more than 10 years in Africa. Seán has worked on many government task forces dealing with social and economic policy issues ranging from taxation to the labour market, from housing to poverty, from income adequacy to rural development.


Phil is the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. As Fine Gael’s spokesman on Environment, Heritage and Local Government since 2007, he has put local government reform at the head of his agenda. Before that he served as the party’s spokesman on Enterprise, Trade and Employment from 2002-2007.


Fintan is a writer, journalist and Assistant Editor of the Irish Times. His work has appeared in many national and international newspapers and magazines. He has also broadcast extensively in Ireland and the UK. His books include Ship of Fools (2009), After the Ball (2003), Shakespeare is Hard, But So Is Life (2002), and The Irish Times Book of The 1916 Rising (2005).


Patricia is CEO at at Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange (INKeX). Over more than 15 years, she built up a considerable background in public service and now consults in the private, public and third sectors, with a particular focus on corporate social responsibility. Notable positions include operating as Director of the Arts Council for seven years, and before that, as Cultural Director of Temple Properties.

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