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Mark Cumming with a copy of the first edition of our new look Focus magazine.

Mark Cumming with a copy of the first edition of our new look Focus magazine.

Head of Comhlámh

Over the last 20 years Mark Cumming has worked in international development for a range of state, NGO and church development organisations. He has lived in Kenya and Rwanda, where he worked on community development and human rights programmes. Most recently he worked as an advisor on governance and human rights with Trócaire. Mark is a long-standing active supporter of Comhlámh since becoming a member 22 years ago. Contact him at

Volunteer Engagement Project Officer

Grainne O’Neill is the Volunteer Engagement Project Officer (maternity cover), mainly working with volunteers and development workers on their return through hosting the Coming Home Weekends, the What Next courses, and supporting Volunteer Sending Agencies for the coming home part of their volunteer trainings. She can be reached at

Volunteering Quality Officer

Sandra Byrne is the Volunteering Quality Project Officer. She facilitates the Code of Good Practice network of Volunteer Sending Agencies that are deeply committed to improving the standards of global volunteering, based on values such as solidarity, sustainability, partnership and equality.  Sandra offers capacity building support to the agencies through self-audits, review processes and training and mentoring initiatives. She also guides agencies who wish to become Code supporters. Sandra has a background in community development, human rights and child protection. She can be reached at

Information and Support Officer

Ruth Powell is the Information and Support Services Project Officer.  She provides information to the general public about the diverse range of volunteering options accessible from Ireland.  She also provides support to returned volunteers and development workers through the variety of services that we offer.  Ruth volunteered in Mongolia with VSO, and Tanzania with UCDVO.  She completed her MA in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Centre in 2010, and has been working at the Irish Aid Centre since 2012.  She can be reached at

Training and Education Officer

Sive Bresnihan is the Training and Education Officer. Her work includes the organisation and facilitation of training sessions for prospective Volunteers, trainings in ‘Be the Change’ and ‘Skills for Dev Ed’ and support for members groups. Sive started out in the field of Arts and Drama, before moving into the fields of development and, latterly, adult education. All these turns have shaped an ever strengthening commitment to non-formal education and organising as a force for change. She can be reached at

Programme Manager

Dervla King is programme manager, working on the delivery of Comhlámh’s strategic plan. A key part of this is ensuring that the organisation’s vision of volunteers and development workers working in solidarity for a just, equitable and sustainable world is reflected in all activities. Dervla works in particular with Project Officers responsible for the areas of volunteer engagement, volunteer quality, training and education, information and support, and research. She can be reached at

Finance Manager

Elena García is the Administration and Finance Manager. Her role is to manage and develop the finance and administrative functions of Comhlámh in support of the goals of the organisation. She can be reached at

Organisation and Programme Support Administrator

Silvana Socci is the Organisation and Programme Support Administrator. She is the contact for all Comhlámh courses, membership enquiries and accounts payable and receivable enquiries.  She is also responsible for the office I.T. and general office administration. She can reached at

Communications Officer

Mark Malone is in charge of communications within Comhlámh. He oversees branding and design, manages our social media accounts, press work and audio-visual production. With a background in local/transnational social justice and grassroots campaign work and community organising, Mark has a keen interest in the use of communication tools and social technology for collective struggles. He holds a Masters in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism from NUIM. Contact him at

Digital Publication, Digital Multimedia

Stella Legradi supports the EC funded Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid project – EV4U program. She takes care of design, publishing and any digital multimedia, graphic or website design with social media support. She completed her degree in Digital Multimedia by the National College of Ireland and she holds a master in Diplomacy, Security and International Relations by the Tel Aviv University. Previously she was working in the refugee protection field in Israel, Palestine and Ireland. Stella can be reached at


Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid – Project Officer

Áine Lynch is the Project Officer for the EC funded Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid project. As part of the European Aid Volunteer Initiative (EUAVI), her role is to support the capacity building of organisations, who are deploying and/or hosting volunteers and to build capacity in local and international volunteering standards. She completed her MSc in Humanitarian Action from UCD in 2011, has previously served as an EU AID volunteer in Tajikistan and most recently worked in Lao PDR with UNICEF. Áine can be reached at

Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid – Intern

Charlotte Toner is the intern for the EC funded Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid project. The Civic Service Volunteer intern scheme supports the implementation of the Volunteering in Humanitarian Aid (VolinHA) project which brings together partners from 9 European countries. Its aim is to facilitate the exchange of good practice on humanitarian volunteering and improving volunteer sending organisations’ standards and procedures in volunteer management in humanitarian aid contexts. Charlotte has volunteered overseas with the Edith Wilkins Street Foundation and completed an undergraduate degree in International Development and Food Policy in UCC. Charlotte can be reached at


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