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
Head of Programmes
Ireland Education Projects Manager
Ireland Education Projects Manager
STAND General Manager
STAND Engagement Manager
STAND Communications & Student Engagement Officer
Meet the board
Chairperson of Suas, 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.
Anne Barrington was appointed in 2018 as Special Envoy of the Government of
Ireland for Ireland’s successful UN Security Council Campaign for the term 2021-22 following her retirement having served 41 years predominantly in the
Department of Foreign Affairs. Her last posting abroad was as Ambassador to
Japan from 2014 to 2018. Anne was Joint Secretary in the North-South
Ministerial Council based in Armagh, Ambassador to Tanzania, Kenya and
Burundi and served in Ireland’s Embassy in Washington DC, the Consulate General of Ireland and Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN, both in New York. She served as a United Nations Volunteer in Lesotho from 1979 to 1980. When in Dublin Anne’s positions included Director General Europe Division 2011-2014. She also served for two years in the Department of the Taoiseach and was
seconded as the Director of the National Forum on Europe.
Anne currently chairs the Governance Board of Cúram Centre for Research in
Medical Devices NUIG, is on the board of Ó Cualann Cohousing Alliance, Suas, and Literature Ireland. She is also on the advisory committee of the Trinity Centre for Asia Studies and chairs UCD’s History Development Council. A graduate of UCD in history and politics in 1975, Anne holds a certificate in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration, a Diploma in
European Law from UCD and in 2019 she was awarded a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School.
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.
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.
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.
Ciara O' Callaghan Crehan
Ciara O’Callaghan Crehan is a Director in Management Consulting at KPMG. Holding a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Ciara started her career with KPMG Financial Services function and moved to Consulting in 2018. Ciara has extensive experience of supporting her clients with a range of services relating to risk management, finance and operational enhancements and internal control. Through her career, Ciara has gained extensive experience in understanding, evaluating, and testing the design and operation of accounting and internal control systems and subsequent communication to company management, making recommendations for their improvement. She also has extensive
experience in documentation of risk and control matrices and process narratives for key financial processes and reporting of deficiencies and gaps noted and follow up resolution.
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