Speakers - Renew | Rebuild | Restore: Dublin - 29 May 2013

Renew | Rebuild | Restore - The Wheel's 2013 annual conference

Meet The Speakers

We have lined up a truly stellar array of speakers for our 2013 annual conference for community, voluntary and charitable organisations.  

In addition to featuring some of the most pioneering leaders from the Irish community, voluntary and charitable sector, we are also delighted to welcome to Dublin two distinguished international speakers.

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IVAN COOPER 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. 
MARY CUNNINGHAM is Director and Company Secretary of the National Youth Council of Ireland, the representative body for national voluntary youth organisations in Ireland.  She is a member of the National Youth Work Advisory Committee and she serves the boards of the Wheel and Boardmatch. Previously Mary was the Director of Children in Northern Ireland and Regional Manager with Oxfam Ireland,  Chairperson of the Northern Ireland NGO Forum and Joint Chairperson of the All Party Group on Children and Young People in the Northern Ireland Assembly.
TIM DELANEY has served as President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable non-profits, with over 25,000 members. After graduating from Yale and earning joint degrees in law and public affairs from the University of Texas, Tim became a partner at a large law firm. In 2001, he founded the Center for Leadership, Ethics & Public Service, championing ethical leadership and advancing civic engagement. Tim also serves on the Leadership Council of Nonprofit VOTES, as a “Leaps of Reason Ambassador”, and on the Steering Committee of the international Affinity Group of National Associations, where he leads its working group on advocacy.
MARTYN EVANS is Chief Executive of the Carnegie Trust (UK). He was previously the Director of the Scottish Consumer Council (SCC) from 1998-2008 - a consumer policy and research body. He was a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde from 1995-2001, and he is a member of the Scottish Government’s Expert Group on Welfare Reform and on the Board of the Community Land Trust Network. 
DAVID FARRELL (UCD) is a specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament. In 2012 he was elected as President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. David is a founding co-editor of Party Politics and a co-editor of the Oxford University Press series on Comparative Politics. Prior to his move to Dublin, he was professor and head of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. 
DEIRDRE GARVEY is Chief Executive Officer of The Wheel. Previously a member of the Steering Group for European Year of Volunteering 2011, 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.
BRENDAN HALLIGAN is Chairman of the Institute of International and European Affairs, a former TD, Senator, MEP and former Secretary General of the Labour Party. He trained as an economist, graduating with a Masters Degree from University College Dublin in 1964. Brendan founded the Institute of International and European Affairs (an independent think tank) in 1990. In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, a state agency which is charged with promoting the production and use of sustainable energy in Ireland and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He is also a Director of Mainstream Renewable Power. 
EMILY LOGAN is Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children, was appointed in 2003, and has been re-appointed to 2015.  Having originally trained as a paediatric nurse in Dublin’s Temple Street University Hospital, Emily spent ten years in the UK working at Great Ormond Street hospital. Emily has also held two senior positions in public administration as Director of Nursing at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, and as Director of Nursing at Tallaght Hospital. In 2008 Emily was appointed by her peers as President of the European Network of Ombudsmen for Children and remains on the executive. 
KIERAN MURPHY is National Director of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. He has been employed by the Society since 2003, prior to which he worked with a number of voluntary organisations in both Ireland and the UK.  Kieran is also Chair of the Advocacy Initiative and a board member of two voluntary organisations: Cairde and Volunteer Ireland. 
MARY MURPHY is a lecturer in Irish Politics and Society, Department of Sociology at NUI Maynooth. Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1986 she worked for fifteen years in social justice campaigning groups (from 1991 – 1998 she was the Assistant General Secretary, National Organisation of the Unemployed and from 1998 – 2001 she was the National Social Policy Officer, Society of St Vincent De Paul). Mary represented anti-poverty interests in national policy institutions including National Economic and Social Council, National Economic and Social Forum and other national social partnership policy processes. She was awarded a Combat Poverty Agency PHD Scholarship and graduated in 2006 with a PhD from the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University. 

ALISON O’ CONNOR is a journalist, broadcaster  and commentator. She is a former political correspondent for the Sunday Business Post and the Irish Times. Alison  received a national journalism award for her work on clerical child abuse in the diocese of Ferns, Co. Wexford which she covered for the Irish Times, and has written a book entitled: A Message from Heaven.

ORLA O’ CONNOR is Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. She holds a Masters degree in European Social Policy from NUIM and a degree in Social Science from UCD. Orla has worked in senior management in non-governmental organisations in Ireland for over 15 years.  She was previously the Head of Policy of the NWCI, and has led campaigns on a wide range of issues on women’s rights, including social welfare reform, pension reform and for the introduction of quality and affordable childcare. Orla has worked in local community based projects developing services for the unemployed, lone parents and young people. 
STIAN SLOTTERØY JOHNSEN is Head of Research in the Association of NGOs in Norway (Frivillighet Norge), an umbrella for the voluntary sector in Norway. The Association of NGOs in Norway consists of more than 280 member organizations, representing in total more than 50 000 local branches all over Norway. Stian has a Master of Arts from the University of Oslo. He has worked in the Norwegian voluntary sector since 2001, when he became web content editor at the Norwegian Youth Council (LNU). He was employed by the Association of NGOs in Norway in 2006, and has worked with a wide range of topics, including research on volunteering in Norway, VAT compensation for voluntary organisations and encouraging local authorities to establish policies that promote growth and development among local voluntary organisations.
GERALDINE TALLON is Secretary General at Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.She was Assistant Secretary, Local Government Division, from July 2004 to June 2007 and previously served as Assistant Secretary and Principal Officer in the Environment Division. She holds an arts degree from DCU.

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