About us

Kinia brings together Camara Ireland, TechSpace and the Ireland focused programmes of Suas Educational Development.

Collectively we are grounded in the belief that education is a key driver to increased equality and opportunity for children and young people, and we believe that by working together we can best realise that vision.

Educational disadvantage is a traditional story, a social inequality that now has another layer. New careers, new technology and new ways of working are highlighting a new divide and aspiration gap. If you have no reference points in your family or your community to connect you to the wide range of future focused careers how do these opportunities become achievable?

Kinia broadens the horizons of children and young people. We believe empowering and equipping educators with the future focused tools to educate and inspire their students is an investment in sustainable change, and that learning creates real opportunity and changes lives for the better. Without access to creative learning opportunities, children and young people will be left behind and disempowered.

We are caring, committed and collaborative.

Our team has a range of experience in teaching, youth work and development, technology and creativity.

Marianne Checkley

Marianne Checkley

CEO

Seamus Ó Fátharta

Seamus Ó Fátharta

Head of Operations

Joan Doorey

Joan Doorey

Financial Controller

Gráinne Flanagan

Gráinne Flanagan

Head of Marketing & Communications

Paul Amond

Paul Amond

Programme Development Lead

Ben Dardis

Ben Dardis

Sales & Business Development

Heather Barry

Heather Barry

Volunteer & Partnerships Manager

Eva Ní Choirbín

Eva Ní Choirbín

Bainisteoir Clár / Programme Manager

Sheila McDonough

Sheila McDonough

Business Development Manager

Emmanuel Chinedu

Emmanuel Chinedu

Learning Technologist

Edel Kavanagh

Edel Kavanagh

Regional Support Officer

David Dineen

David Dineen

Regional Cluster Coordinator

Aisling Ní Shé

Aisling Ní Shé

Oifigeach Oideachais / Education Officer

Niamh McNamara

Niamh McNamara

Programme Coordinator

Róisín Ní Chiaráin

Róisín Ní Chiaráin

Oifigeach Oideachais / Education Officer

Aoibhinn McGinley

Aoibhinn McGinley

Digitial Support Officer / Oifigeach Tacaíochta Digiteacha

Chelsea Begg

Chelsea Begg

Reading Buddy Coordinator

Edward Platt

Edward Platt

Education Officer / Oifigeach Oideachais

We are Warm

Our organisation is built around people for young people

We are Tenacious

We’ve got an innate can-do attitude to overcome any obstacle

We are Inspiring

We fuel curiosity

We are Creative

We encourage a spirit of imagination and creativity in all that we do

Meet our Board

Philip Sharpe

Philip Sharpe has been active in the Software and Telecommunications industries for over 30 years. Having developed his career with Ericsson during the 1990’s, Philip founded and was CEO of CAPE Technologies, a pioneer and global leader in Revenue Assurance Solutions, acquired by Sonae Group in 2007.

Philip is currently CEO of Sonalake, a software partnering enterprise with 180 employees. He is also chairperson of Druid Software and of social enterprise Kinia. He was previously an Enterprise Ireland appointed director of the NDRC (a Government owned technology startup accelerator) and of several additional technology companies.

Philip has a bachelors degree in Applied Physics and diplomas in Marketing and Executive Coaching.

Kieran Walsh

Kieran Walsh has over 30 years executive and non-executive board experience. In late 2018 Kieran was in an accident leaving him paraplegic. He currently sits on regulated and unregulated boards as an Independent Director. Approved for Board membership and or authorised positions in Ireland, Germany, UK and New York FED. Corporate Governance understanding, being Treasurer through a bail out and re-structuring of a €250Bn. Experience as Chairman / member of committees including EXCO, ALCO, Finance & Audit and Investment & Risk. Founded and sold a software company which developed complex pricing and risk management tools personally writing models in C++ and VBA.

Kieran is a member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He attended University College Dublin, awarded a Batchelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Studies.

Suzanne Delaney

Suzanne joined Camara Ireland as Board Director in 2014 and has supported us though the transformation to Kinia today. Suzanne has held senior leadership roles for 25 years across a spectrum of industries including Development Director FoodCloud, CSR Consultant for Business in the Community and Head of Digital for Ogilvy & Mather, one of the largest communication companies in the world.

Suzanne’s work involves supporting businesses to become more sustainable by integrating social and environmental concerns into their core business strategy and reporting on impact. She brings a wealth of knowledge in strategic development, corporate affairs and best practice in development and compliance in the not-for-profit sector.

Ronan O’Loughlin

Ronan is a qualified chartered accountant and former Director of Education and Training at Chartered Accountants Ireland for the past 20 years. Prior to that he worked in professional accounting and related education areas in Ireland and overseas.

Mairéad Cullen

Mairead is the IT Director in Vodafone Ireland and has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years. She joined Vodafone in 1997 from Ericsson and has held a variety of roles in Ireland, UK and Vodafone Group Technology functions. Prior to being appointed IT Director, she led the Vodafone Ireland Business Transformation programme which included replacing the Billing, CRM, Digital, Care and Retail systems. She also previously led the launch of Vodafone TV and converged services. Prior to working within IT, Mairead led the Vodafone Network Engineering team in Ireland and subsequently in Vodafone UK.

Mairead sits on the board of SIRO, the joint venture between Vodafone Ireland and ESB, which wholesales FTTH nationwide. Mairead holds a BSc in Applied Physics & Chemistry, MSc in Optoelectronics and an MBA.

David Moffitt

 avid began his career as a General Management Trainee with Smurfit Kappa where he ran packaging factories in Ireland and Spain along with a stint as the Personal Assistant to the Group CEO, Dr. Michael Smurfit.

From 1992 to 1996, he was the Irish Director for R.R. Donelley before establishing Tech Group Europe, a manufacturer of drug delivery devices which was later sold to West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. David was a member of IBEC’s National Executive Council from 2005 to 2009 and sat on the Investment Committee of Enterprise Ireland from 2008 to 2013. He was a key shareholder and CEO of Kayfoam Woolfson from 2009 to 2023. He is also Chairman of Folens Group whose major business interests included Folens Publishing, Hibernia College and Accountancy School.

He is active in the Not for Profit sector and is the Chairperson of Suas Educational Development who are active in promoting global citizenship and international volunteering as well as being a Board Member of Kinia, The Human Dignity Foundation and Ideate Ireland which runs a Student Enterprise competition and a much sought after boot camp for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Marie Power

Marie Power is currently Director of Talent, DEIB & Culture in CarTrawler and has worked in Talent Management and executive coaching for over 20 years. Prior to joining CarTrawler she held multiple Senior Leadership positions in Business Partnering Organisation Arvato, Glanbia and Vodafone. She also spent 10 years working in numerous consultancy organisations including the Farrell Grant Sparks, RSM and the Great Place to Work Institute. In her current role in CarTrawler she is responsible for overseeing the end-to-end talent strategy which includes leadership development, talent management, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion, internal communication, engagement and change management. Marie is also an EMCC and Ashridge accredited coach and supervisor and has a passion for helping people unlock their hidden potential.

Marie holds a MA in Organisational Psychology, a BA in Psychology, a BA in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a HDip in Executive Coaching and Supervision from Ashridge Executive Education Hult. She holds membership with CIPD, EMCC (Senior Coaching Practitioner), the Irish Psychological Society & the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. She is also on the Council of the Irish Management Institute.

Our Impact

The figures below are a reflection of our national reach:

Children &

Young People

190,000

Engaged

Educators

16,170

Supported Schools & Youth Centres

4,050

Trained

Volunteers

6,000

Accountability

All of our important information can be found in the footer menu below, including; governance, reports & publications, codes & policies, our history, what we stand for and how we raise money. Providing full transparency is standard practice at Kinia. When you commit to supporting Kinia you commit to supporting children, young people and communities in Ireland.

Our Partners & Funders