About us

Our Story

Our story began in 2002 with our founder’s vision to address educational disadvantage and the collective energy of a determined group of supporters, volunteers and staff. Within two years of our founding, we had overseas education projects in India and Kenya.
Since then, we’ve directly supported over 12,000 children in India, Zambia and Kenya and trained over 1,200 Suas volunteers to work as teaching assistants in some of the worlds most marginalised, under-resourced communities.
Here in Ireland, we’ve helped over 3,300 children from disadvantaged communities to improve their literacy skills and we’ve trained over 4,500 volunteer mentors to support them.

Meet the team

Joanne Malone

Joanne Malone

Head of Programmes

Grainne Flanagan

Grainne Flanagan

Communications Manager

Alex Brock

Alex Brock

International Programmes Manager

Robin O' Byrne

Robin O' Byrne

International Programmes Officer

David Redmond

David Redmond

Ireland Education Projects Manager

Elaine Murphy

Elaine Murphy

Ireland Education Projects Manager

Joanne Mulligan

Joanne Mulligan

STAND Activities Manager

Meet the board

Bob Semple

Bob Semple

Chairperson of Suas, company director, facilitator and former partner with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Bob has over 36 years’ experience providing a range of audit and consulting services including corporate governance, risk management and internal audit. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Chartered Accountants Ireland and of the Irish Computer Society. He is a director of GS1 Ireland and of CIMMYT, an international food research institute headquartered in Mexico.

Niamh De Loughry

Niamh De Loughry

Niamh has worked for over fourteen years with a multitude of local partners, international NGO & government departments and corporate sector engagement in a variety of humanitarian and development settings. She has worked particularly in Education, Health and Protection sectors in Asia and the Middle East.

Niamh has led large teams through organisational change, strategic development and resource mobilization. She has worked closely with governments to set policies and integrate frameworks. With an academic background in accounting, and a masters from Trinity College Dublin in Reconciliation After Violent Conflict, she started her professional career as an accountant. Niamh is currently Deputy Chief Executive for the RDS’s Philanthropic programme.

David Moffitt

David Moffitt

Director of a number of for profit and not for profit organisations. David began his career with the Jefferson Smurfit Group holding several positions including General Manager of Smurfit Box and Chief Executive of Executive Travel. He established Tech Group Europe, a manufacturer of drug delivery devices. David was a member of IBEC’s National Executive Council from 2005 to 2009 and is currently CEO Kayfoam Wolfson. He is also Chairman of Folens Publishing and serves on the Investment Committee of Enterprise Ireland.

Shane Twomey

Shane Twomey

Shane Twomey is a senior Organisation, Change and Management Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in Multi-national, Indigenous and Public Sector environments. He is experienced in providing a range of organisation solutions including Organisation Design & Development, Organisation Change and Executive Coaching. Prior to moving into consultancy, Shane worked in a range of Senior Human Resources roles with numerous blue-chip organisations including Maxtor, where he had a European brief, Siemens, where he was responsible for implementing Strategic HR, and Viridian Power & Energy, where Shane developed a commercial HR Framework.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Shane holds a Masters in Human Resources from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is a Registered Coach with Henley Management School, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Ronan O'Loughlin

Ronan O'Loughlin

Vice-chair of Suas. Director of Education and Training, Chartered Accountants of Ireland. Ronan is responsible for development, oversight and management of the ACA education programme at Chartered Accountants Ireland and management of the examinations system.

Ciara O' Callaghan

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