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

Brían Ó Donnchadha

Brían Ó Donnchadha

Head of Learning

Heather Barry

Heather Barry

Partnerships & Volunteer Lead

Gráinne Flanagan

Gráinne Flanagan

Marketing & Communications Lead

Karen Dineen

Karen Dineen

Finance Administrator

Ben Dardis

Ben Dardis

Sales & Business Development

Seamus Ó Fátharta

Seamus Ó Fátharta

Programme Development Lead

Paul Amond

Paul Amond

Programme Development Lead

Eva Ní Choirbín

Eva Ní Choirbín

Project Lead

Joan Doorey

Joan Doorey

Financial Controller

Méabh O' Leary

Méabh O' Leary

Oifigeach Oideachais

Leigha Dugdale

Leigha Dugdale

Project Lead

Orlaith Ní Chonghaile

Orlaith Ní Chonghaile

Project Support

Michelle Maher

Michelle Maher

Impact and Innovation Lead

Emmanuel Chinedu

Emmanuel Chinedu

Learning Technologist

Aisling Ní Shé

Aisling Ní Shé

Oifigeach Oideachais

Niamh McNamera

Niamh McNamera

Digital Education Officer

Niall Boyle

Niall Boyle

Programme Manager

Carina Byrne

Carina Byrne

Learning Content Manager

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

Sean Coughlan

Sean Coughlan

Suzanne Delaney

Suzanne Delaney

Diarmaid Mac Aonghusa

Diarmaid Mac Aonghusa

Kieran Walsh

Kieran Walsh

David Moffitt

David Moffitt

Ronan O'Loughlin

Ronan O'Loughlin

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