Our People

Senior Management

Allison Aldred - Chief Executive Officer

Allison joined Suas as CEO in late 2014. Prior to joining Suas, Allison spent five years with Trocaire as their Head of Strategy and Impact where she led organisation-wide initiatives on planning, impact assessment and accountability. Allison has also spent ten years with Oxfam GB, including seven years as their Regional Director for South Asia and a period as Oxfam’s global lead on Gender Equality. Before moving into the INGO sector, Allison worked as a management consultant initially in the private sector and then in the not for profit sector in UK. Allison has a first degree in Political Theory and an MBA from London Business School. Allison believes that education plays an important role in tackling disadvantage and driving equality and has joined Suas to contribute to this positive social change, in Ireland and internationally.

Adelaide Nic Chárthaigh - Ireland Education and Business Development Manager

Adelaide joined Suas Educational Development  in October 2010 as Mentoring Programme Manager. The Mentoring Programme was redesigned in 2011 to focus 100% on literacy and renamed Suas Literacy Support Programme.

Prior to working with Suas, Adelaide worked extensively in the Irish language non-profit sector for over 20 years at both executive and senior management level.  In 2008 she was appointed project manager of an international team of language planning consultants in drafting a 20 year strategic plan for the Irish language. She served as an appointed board member (2007-2011) of Foras na Gaeilge, the cross-border body responsible for the promotion of Irish throughout the island of Ireland and lectured part time in Strategic Management and Project Management  in  Dublin City University for a number of years.

A graduate of Celtic Studies from NUIG Adelaide  has diplomas in Public Relations and Project Management and an MBA from Henley Management College in Henley-on-Thames.

She was appointed Ireland Education & Business Development Manager in Suas in September 2014.

Volunteer Programme

Claire Faithorn - Volunteer Programme Manager

Claire joined Suas in October 2013. Before joining Suas, Claire worked with the British Council in Ireland as Programmes and Partnerships Manager, developing closer links between the UK, Ireland and wider world in the areas of Education, Arts and Society. Claire also led a multi-lateral volunteer programme with VSO's Global Xchange in Belfast and South Africa, involving young people from five countries. Promoting volunteer development, global education and active citizenship have been key areas of Claire's career to date, from running a range of volunteer-led initiatives at a small UK based development NGO to working for Oxfam campaigns. Claire also worked for a number of years as an EFL teacher in Mexico, Central America and Spain. Claire holds a degree in Sociology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Development Management with the Open University. She is currently working towards a Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching.

Global Citizenship Programme

Joanne Malone - Global Citizenship Programme Manager

Joanne joined the Suas team in October 2009.  She first came to know about Suas in 2003 when an old friend took part in the Suas Volunteer Programme and has stayed involved in various over the years since. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2005 with a degree in European Studies. She later completed a Masters in Public Administration in the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Prior to working full-time with Suas, Joanne worked as a teaching assistant in the Sorbonne in Paris and as a project executive with Middlequarter Consultancy, working on projects for the One Foundation and the Children's Rights Alliance in Ireland. 

Board of Management

Bob Semple: Chairman, Company Director, Facilitator and former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sadhbh Coyle: Educational Psychologist with experience overseas, working with the Department of Education

Michael King: Founder of Suas and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin.

Mike Williams: International Development Consultant

Mary Rose Greville: Assistant Professor in Business Studies in the TCD School of Business.

Connell Foley: Director of Strategy, Advocacy and Learning at Concern Worldwide.

Bryan Patten: Executive Director of the Washington Ireland Programme.