John Stewart Co-ordinator
John is responsible for the day to day management of the organisation. John joined the INOU in January 1999 as Personnel and Development Officer and took up his current position in July 2008. John had extensive senior managerial experience prior to joining the INOU in the local authority and education sectors in the UK. John is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.
Bríd O'Brien Head of Policy and Media
Bríd is the INOU’s Head of Policy and Media and plays a key role in formulating and developing INOU policy on unemployment, social welfare and the development of an inclusive and equitable labour market. On behalf of the INOU Brid works with Colleagues in the Community and Voluntary Sector on issues of socio-economic justice; and is one of the Community and Voluntary Pillar representatives on the National Economic and Social Council.
Bríd was appointed to the Council of the Economics and Social Research Institute in September 2012; and represents the INOU in social partnership and other structures including the Labour Market Council which was established in September 2013. She is also a member of the INOU's Senior Management team and acts as the Media spokesperson.
Prior to working with the INOU in January 2007, Bríd worked with Pavee Point Travellers Centre on policy, legislative and project development covering economic issues, equality, and social inclusion. In the course of this work Bríd worked in partnership with a range of government and non-government organisations at the local, national and European levels.
Administrative and Finance Team
Patrick Caulfield Financial Controller
Patrick joined the INOU in August 2019 and is responsible for the finance function. Patrick has held a number of senior finance roles prior to his appointment and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland CPA since 1999.
Carol Thornton Book Keeper
Anyone who has been along to our Annual Delegate Conference will instantly recognise the friendly face of Carol Thornton, our longest serving member of staff. Carol joined the organisation in 1995 as a receptionist on our Community Employment Scheme and trained as a Book Keeper, taking up this position in 1998. She takes care of our accounts and payroll, which includes responding to supplier’s queries, maintaining accounts and administering payments.
Laura Rossney Community Employment Supervisor
Laura joined the INOU in 2016 and runs the INOU’s Community Employment work programme. Before joining the team, Laura had five years’ experience working with unemployed people in Dublin city centre in Jobcare and previous extensive experience in education, publishing and enterprise both in the UK and in Ireland. Laura holds a postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies, and is currently pursuing a CIPD-accredited Certificate in Human Resources Practice.
Muhammad Kashif Finance Administration
Karen Treston HR Administration
Leanne Leech Receptionist
Luke Dunne Receptionist
Dinah Donegan Housekeeper
Welfare to Work Team
Robbert J. Lynch Welfare to Work Manager
Robbert is the Manager of the Welfare Rights Information and Advocacy Service at the INOU, and has been with the organisation since 2002. Before joining the INOU, Robbert worked with the Citizens Information Service and the Larkin Centre in Dublin City.
His role includes the management of a team of information officers and staff in the Welfare Rights Service, the production and distribution of the INOU flagship publication - "Working for Work", the design and production of Welfare Rights information leaflets and materials, the provision of services for information events and fairs, in providing direct advocacy and representation services for clients at Social Welfare Appeals with the Social Welfare Appeals Office and in the delivery of training on Social Welfare Appeals as required.
Robbert has a keen interest in computers, technology and website design, specialising in graphic design, CMS systems and Wordpress.
Robbie Kelly Senior Information Officer
Tom McMahon Information Officer
Conor Flynn Information Officer
Rebecca Doyle Information Officer / Admin
Lorraine Hennessy Head of Training
Lorraine is our Head of Training and has been with the organisation since 2008. Her roles includes the management of INOU training services, our Local Training Initiatives, Building Futures and Shaping Futures and also delivery of training programmes. The INOU delivers a suite of bespoke training programmes as well as QQI / FETAC accredited modules.
Lorraine has been working in the Community and Voluntary sector for more than ten years and holds a Hdip in Adult Education and a BA (Hons) in Adult and Community Studies.
Laura Pierce Building Futures, Local Training Initiative (LTI) Coordinator
After a long career in recruitment consultancy and volunteering in the community sector, Laura joined us in April 2011 to become our Local Training Initiative Coordinator on the Building Futures programme. She is responsible for implementing the programme's aims and objectives and assists in the development, review and production of materials. Laura is a founder member of the Finglas Addiction Support Team (F.A.S.T.) .
Jonathon Carley Building Futures, LTI Assistant Coordinator
Michelle Kelly Shaping Futures, Local Training Initiative Coordinator
Sinead Boyle Shaping Futures, LTI Assistant Coordinator
Marie Hughes Training Administration
John Farrell Development Worker
John joined us in 1997 from the Crumlin Information Centre where he had worked and volunteered as an Information Officer. Since then, John has been involved in maintaining and developing Individual and Affiliate membership and the INOU’s General Branch. He has also worked on a number of INOU projects, including our current Intreo project where we are reporting on unemployed people’s experiences of the Intreo service.
John would love to hear from you, if you or your organisation would like to join us, or if you have any feedback or comments on membership or the INOU more generally. You can contact John at email@example.com