Siobhán O’ Donoghue has been a community worker and social justice activist for many years. Her experience ranges from community and youth work, to national policy advocacy and campaigning. She has a particular interest in economic justice, women’s equality, anti-racism, and workers rights. From 2002 to 2014, Siobhán was the Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. In 2012, Siobhán completed an M.A. in Applied Social Studies in NUI Maynooth. Prior to qualifying as a community and youth worker, she trained to be a nurse. In 2010 she was awarded the Captain Cathal Ryan Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship.
Emily joined the Uplift team as a Campaigner in June, 2016. She has a background in event management, business development and community work – having co-founded and directed the Spirit of Folk Festival, and worked in business development for an Irish tech start up.
Emily returned to study Community and Youth Work in 2014, and has since completed placements in The Irish Refugee Council and St. Michael’s Estate Community Development Project.
Roderick has over a decade of experience in civic technology, digital media, and campaign tactics. He co-founded the CommitChange platform, which serves over 200 NGOs in America, and has worked in both Silicon Valley and Seattle as a social impact entrepreneur. Prior to his career in technology, Roderick studied sociology and the performing arts. He was born on a sailboat, raised on a cowboy homestead in Wyoming, and has explored over 35 countries.
Shauna has been interested in campaigning and activism since she was a teenager and has been involved in campaigns about gender equality, mental health and issues affecting young people. She has worked with both local and national community based organisations.
Originally from Sligo, Shauna has a BA in English and Sociology from Maynooth University and is currently finishing up an MA in Community and Youth Work.
The Uplift community is already active and many people have come on board since its inception. Some of the people who have volunteered their time and skills are: Michael Stephens, Eoghan Murray, Laura Curtin, Barra Hamilton, Tara Flynn, Brian Cunningham, Mike McKenna, Geraldine Ni Chathain, Leigh Brady, Franka Martinovic, Conor Grogan, Maeve Ffrench and Anna Bates.
Cian is an activist, technologist, and academic. He is a former technology director and campaigner for 38 Degrees, the UK’s largest people-powered campaigning movement. There, he successfully campaigned to halt the privatisation of swathes of England’s woodlands, took on the big energy companies and their big profiteering. Previously, he worked in the area of climate change campaigning and spent a number of years in broadcast television. Cian researches and teaches at the University of Sussex, in Brighton, England.
Edel McGinley is the current Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. Prior to taking up this role, she coordinated MRCI’s Justice for the Undocumented campaign. She previously coordinated the Domestic Workers Action Group, forced labour and trafficking work. Before joining MRCI, Edel worked in various social care and youth work positions. Internationally, she has worked with domestic workers and children in forced labour, in Peru. She holds an M.A. in Globalisation, a postgraduate degree in Digital Media Technology, a B.A. in Applied Social Studies, and a Diploma in Youth and Community Work.
Ruairí is a multi-award winning innovator and campaigner, who has spent the last 13 years working for people-powered change. Originally from Cootehill in Co. Cavan, Ruairí studied Business Management in Scotland. He founded SpunOut.ie- a youth advocacy organisation in 2004, which he led for 8 years. In 2011, he was one of the organisers of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Ireland, and in early 2012 was appointed by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to the Council of State. He has been involved in numerous social justice and environmental campaigns in Ireland, the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Ruairí writes for various national newspapers and regularly speaks on TV, radio, and at conferences. He is a Board member of the Soar Foundation and of Gaisce, the President’s Award.
A lifelong activist and advocator on social justice issues, Jenny completed her B.A. in Youth and Community Work at NUI Maynooth in 2014. She also holds a Degree in Design Communications and a postgraduate Diploma in Advertising. Since a career change in 2009, Jenny has been committed to working with some of the most marginalised people in Dublin as a volunteer and worker for 2 years with the Dublin Simon Community. She worked with Barnardos Children’s Charity until recently, and her two favourite achievements in life are her son and published poetry.
David Gibney is an award-winning campaigner in both Ireland and Australia. He was the youngest representative on the Dublin Postal Delivery Branch of the Communications Workers Union, and studied public relations and business in university in his spare time. He progressed to a full time campaigning role in 2007 with Montague Communications, winning the PRII award for the Older & Bolder campaign. David worked with the trade union movement in Australia, winning the best trade union campaign award for the Australian Mining: This is the real story campaign. He currently works with Mandate Trade Union as communications officer, while also holding the position of Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Youth Committee.
Charles Gillanders has a strong belief in the power of technology to improve communications between individuals, and to help people reach out to others who share their passions and goals. He has twenty years’ experience in technology-focused roles in a variety of industries, ranging from manufacturing to commercial software development to financial services. Charles is a co-founder of and current Chief Technology Officer of Quintillion – an indigenous, award winning Irish financial services firm, which has won international recognition for its innovative use of technology over the eight years since its founding in 2006. Charles helped launch, and is a volunteer mentor for, a CoderDojo in the Cabinteely area of Dublin.
Formerly a computer programmer, Malachy enjoys creating technology that powers journalism and human rights work. In April 2016, Malachy joined the video team at the New York Times to work on its breaking news and off-platform initiatives. Before joining The Times, Malachy was Managing Editor at the award-winning (ONA) start-up Reported.ly, the social reporting arm of First Look Media. Malachy worked as News Editor at the news agency Storyful for almost four years. He’s a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the Prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court and is a founding member of First Draft Coalition, a group of thought leaders who provide training and analysis of social journalism. He is a Director of Right to Know, an Irish organization campaigning for access to public information.
As a visual artist, Rosie comments on the social and environmental story of our time. She recently produced the instillation 4/704 for the Dublin Fringe Festival on Sandymount strand. As Creative Director and co-founder of Re-dress: the Better Fashion Industry and the ‘We are Islanders’ fashion label, Rosie has overseen the set up and launch of the human rights project Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland; Better Fashion Week; educational programs including development of Fetac Level 5 certificates in sustainable fashion design and industry practice. Rosie holds a B.A. (Hons.) 2.1 in Sociology and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and a B.D. in fashion Design from the University of Glamorgan. She previously worked with Cultivate.ie.
Ben is the Executive Director of OPEN (Online Progressive Engagement Network). He is a founding board member of Avaaz.org and leading international expert in progressive online organising. Previously, he was the Advocacy Director of MoveOn.org and Director of New Media Campaigns. He was the Fundraising Director for Barack Obama’s Organising for America, and is a founding Advisor of 38 Degrees, in the UK.
Hannah was founding campaigns director of 38 Degrees UK’s largest people powered campaign movement which during her time went from launch to over 1.5m members throughout the UK.
As well as building an agile and quick moving office team, she led successful campaigns on forest privatisation, immigration, social services and many more.
Recently Hannah was on secondment with Australian campaign group GetUp! and South African organisation Amandla. She currently works part time with Sum of Us as a campaigner and the remainder of her time she trains campaigners in the UK and globally. She has worked for leading UK think tank, Demos and has spent time in youth organisations.