Orla O’Neill Orla O’Neill CPA is Executive Director since 2004 and manages all of the Trust’s grant programmes, including research, design and development, grant administration, assessment, monitoring and evaluation. She supports the Trustees in their finance and governance function including the production of Annual Reports and Financial Statements and strategy development. Orla is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has previously worked in Schizophrenia Ireland (now Shine), Nexus Research, Edelman PR and several accountancy practices. Her education includes a PG Dip in Grantmaking Management from CASS Business School, a Cert in Voluntary Sector Management (DCU), Diploma in PR and BA in Economics & Politics from Trinity College.
Orla can be contacted at (045) 480666 or email

Anne Costello was appointed as Travellers in Prison Initiative Programme Coordinator in April 2015. Anne works 3 days per week and is based in Galway. Anne’s role is to coordinate and implement the actions set out in the SSGT Travellers in Prison Initiative Strategic Plan 2015-2018 which seeks to improve outcomes for Travellers in prison and their families through a range of policy and service initiatives. She coordinates the activities of the TPI Steering Group and supports them to achieve the intended outcomes of the TPI. Anne has been actively involved in community work since qualifying with a H.Dip in Community & Youth Work from NUIM in 2000. She was the coordinator for Clondalkin Travellers Development Group (2000-2004), she worked as the resource worker with the Community Platform – a network of 28 national organisations working collectively to address poverty and inequality – from 2007 to 2011 and has been employed as a community worker with the Galway Traveller Movement focusing on a number of issues including accommodation, education, justice and rights, enterprise and employment (2004-2015). She completed a BA in Psychology in 1987 and an MA in Applied Social Studies at NUI Maynooth in 2012.
Anne can be contacted at or 087 657 7666.

Karen Ryan was appointed Administrative Assistant in February 2016 and works 4 mornings per week in the office in Kildare. Her role is to provide administrative support to the Grants & Development Officer for existing and new grant programmes. Within the office she is responsible for the general and financial administration duties. Previously Karen worked in the private Financial Sector.
Karen can be contacted at (045) 480666 or email

Ceire Sadlier joined our team as Community Grantwriter in November 2016. Working in collaboration with Northside Partnership, Ceire’s role involves supporting local community groups in the Northside Partnership catchment area to access funding through information and capacity building.

Since graduating from her MSc in Development Studies from UCD in 2004, Ceire has gained more than ten years multi-country funding and communications experience working in the development sector in Ireland, Zambia and Tanzania.

She has previously worked with RTE, Aidlink, Front Line Defenders as well as with local and international organisations in Zambia and Tanzania.

Ceire can be contacted at 087 152 7006 or emailed at

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