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
Meet the board
Bob SempleChairperson 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.
Ronan O'LoughlinDirector 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.
Mike WilliamsInternational Development Consultant Mike Williams is a graduate in Civil Engineering from UCC with a Masters in Development Studies from UCD. Mike established the Overseas Programme for Oxfam Ireland, worked as Regional Manager for Central Africa for Concern and as Head of the International Department in Trócaire. Mike now works as a self-employed consultant in International Development and NGO management.
Sarah GibneyIs a Quantitative Social Scientist working with the Department of Health. She has particular interests in measurement, analysis and policy development in the areas of socio-economic inequality, psychological well-being and health literacy.
Martin JacobCompany Secretary, Martin formerly ran the Company Secretarial services of Price Waterhouse Coopers and then of Deloitte. He now operates his own firm providing services in this area to a wide range of clients. He lectures on company secretarial topics for the International Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and is a former President of that organisation.
Sadhbh CoyleSadhbh is an Educational Psychologist, working with the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) in the Department of Education and Skills.
Peter FinneganManaging Director of communications consultancy Communique International. Peter has 25 years of experience in designing and directing communications consultancy and skills-development projects across the public and private sectors. Acknowledged as a leading expert in the area of media communication, crisis communication, persuasive communication and the communication of change, Peter acts as advisor and strategist to a wide range of multinational companies and governmental organisations in Ireland and internationally.
Michael KingFounder of Suas and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Trinity College. Michael’s research interests focus on banking and household finance in developing countries, development policy; in particular policy coherence for development and impact measurement, and national competitiveness. Michael holds a Masters in Economics and International Development from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from TCD.
Mary Rose GrevilleAssistant Professor in Business Studies in the TCD School of Business. Mary Rose has a particular interest in leadership in changing situations, and in building high performing teams. She has extensive international experience as a company consultant, within the public sector in Ireland, the World Bank in Africa and India, UNESCO and the European Community. She is a skilled coach and specialises in accelerating individual growth.
David MoffittDirector 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.
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