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The Team at TI Ireland

TI Ireland Staff

 

John Devitt - Chief Executive

John is an ethics and communications specialist by training. He holds a first-class Masters degree in Ethics from Dublin City University, is a graduate of European Studies at the University of Limerick and the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. John founded TI Ireland in 2004 and has led TI Ireland’s whistleblowing research and support programme since 2009. He is author or researcher on numerous reports and guidance on the topic of whistleblower protection, ethics and anti-corruption standards, and has advised the Irish Government, United Nations, Council of Europe, and European Commission amongst others on whistleblowing legislation and procedures.

Judy O'Loan Legal Counsel

Judy is a solicitor by training. Upon graduating from Queen’s University Belfast, she completed an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management. She then worked in EU regulatory affairs and public administration for seven years, before returning to law. She worked for five years with London’s leading human rights firms gaining significant experience in human rights and personal injury litigation as well as administrative law encompassing judicial review. Judy O’Loan serves full-time as TLAC’s Managing Solicitor. Judy acts as TI Ireland’s legal counsel on a part-time basis providing occasional legal advice.

Stephanie Casey - IAW Programme Manager

Stephanie manages the Integrity at Work (IAW) programme at Transparency International Ireland. She is responsible for the development and delivery of IAW member support including training, policy guidance and events as well as communicating the aims and vision of the initiative to a wide range of audiences and stakeholders. Stephanie has worked in the non-profit sector for over eighteen years, previously holding senior managerial roles in Oxfam Ireland, the Irish Cancer Society and Arthritis Ireland. Stephanie holds a first-class MA in Ethics from Dublin City University.

Suzanna Knight - Helpline Advice and Policy Coordinator

Suzanna helps co-ordinate the Speak Up Helpline. Suzanna has worked extensively in human rights and advocacy-based settings for over twenty years, supporting ethical organisational development in a variety of sectors including domestic violence, family support and ethnic minority groups. Suzanna also served as a police officer in the UK, specialising child protection, sexual assault and racially motivated crime. She holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology and a first class MSc Psychology from Northumbria University. 

Donncha Ó Giobúin Speak Up Helpline / Office Coordinator

Donncha coordinates the Speak Up Helpline. A media and communications professional by training, Donncha graduated with a B.A in Journalism from Dublin City University and has a Professional Certificate in Whistleblowing Law and Policy from NUI Maynooth. He joined the TI movement as a helpline volunteer in August 2014 and has previously worked as a researcher for Newstalk Radio and as a presenter for Radio na Life, Dublin’s Irish language radio station.

James Mulcahy Symmons - Advocacy and Communications Executive

James is a public policy and communications specialist. He holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Undergraduate in Philosophy and Politics from University College Dublin. He has worked across a range of sectors including non-profit organizations, research institutes and public affairs consultancy. James supports TI Ireland’s advocacy and communications efforts for its core programmes including event management and stakeholder relations. James also works closely with Stephanie Casey on the Integrity at Work (IAW) Programme.

Transparency Legal Advice Centre Staff

 

Judy O'Loan - Managing Solicitor

Judy is a solicitor by training. Upon graduating from Queen’s University Belfast, she completed an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management. She then worked in EU regulatory affairs and public administration for seven years, before returning to law. She worked for five years with London’s leading human rights firms gaining significant experience in human rights and personal injury litigation as well as administrative law encompassing judicial review. Judy has been Managing Solicitor of Transparency Legal Advice Centre since November 2017.

Lorraine Heffernan - Assistant Managing Solicitor

Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree (University College Dublin, 1990) and trained with a top Dublin law firm qualifying as a Solicitor in 1994 (Law Society of Ireland, 1994). Further studies include: Diploma in Employment Law (Law Society of Ireland, Prize-winner); Certificate in Data Protection Practice (Law Society of Ireland); Certificate in Technology Law (Law Society of Ireland); University Certificate in Housing Law and Policy (University of Limerick). Lorraine’s work at Transparency Legal Advice Centre focuses across a broad range of legal arenas, encompassing legislative requirements, legal obligations, policies and procedures in the area of making protected disclosures. Lorraine is delighted to be able to advise on this dynamic and important area of law.

TI Ireland Associates

 

Dr Alexander Chance

Alexander is a consultant specialising in strategic approaches to corruption and transnational organised crime, in particular in post-conflict and peacebuilding contexts. With a career of over 20 years spanning law enforcement, diplomacy and research, he has worked in diverse settings across South America, the Balkans, Southern and West Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Alexander obtained his PhD and MPhil (with Distinction) in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and also holds a BA in Law and Politics from Durham University. He is a Senior Fellow with The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy and a qualified, practising mediator.

Dr Lauren Kierans, BL

Dr Lauren Kierans lectures in Whistleblowing Law at undergraduate level and as a Professional Certificate at Maynooth University. She is also a qualified barrister specialising in Whistleblowing Law. Lauren holds a PhD on Protected Disclosures and has published articles, book chapters and national reports on whistleblowing law. She co-authored ‘Protected Disclosures Act 2014 - Annotated Legislation’ with Anthony Kerr (published by Round Hall). Lauren was awarded the governmental project for the drafting of the protected disclosures procedures guidance for public bodies on behalf of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Gráinne Madden

Gráinne is the founder and senior consultant of GMJ Associates, which provides guidance to Irish businesses on responsible business practice. Gráinne's work includes development of corporate responsibility strategy, non-financial reporting and report assurance, development and implementation of ethical compliance programmes and protected disclosure policies. Gráinne also lectures on Corporate Responsibility to MBA students in Trinity College Dublin and Griffith College Dublin.

TI Ireland Interns

  • Ella Kantenan
  • Ruth Lacey