Meet our Volunteer Centre Team
Leah Kinsella, Manager
Leah Kinsella is the Manager of the County Wicklow Volunteer Centre, she joined in August 2004. Leah's first memory of volunteering is of being dressed in black plastic bag to highlight the problem of litter - she was 5 year of age. Leah is still involved with her local Tidy Towns group, helps out in a local youth club and is involved in a number of committees including the County Wicklow Community Forum.
Leah has a BA in English amd History and a MSc in Sustainable Development. She has completed a diploma in Quality Management and is a qualified librarian. Leah has worked in the public and private sections and loves her current job.
Yvonne Ryan, Placement Officer
Yvonne joined the CWVC team as Placement Officer in 2005 having previously worked with Canon Ireland as Personnel Manager where she gained vast experience of HR issues, conducting interviews, and best practice in personnel administration. Yvonne has brought this experience to bear on her role within CWVC and has helped to grow the centre into a high quality volunteering service.
As well as being training to deliver the Volunteer Ireland Volunteer Management Training course, Yvonne has also trained in equality, health and safety, child protection and quality auditing.
Yvonne is an active participant in a number of local groups and has a special interest in Irish Heart Children.
Fiona Downes, Centre Manager Wicklow town and Arklow
Fiona joined the team in 2006 as manager of our centres in Wicklow town and Arklow. Fiona's background is in community development and she has worked in Ireland, Haiti and the Sudan. In Ireland, Fiona worked with Tallaght Youth Services, Irish Wildlife Trust and the County Wicklow VEC Adult Guidance Service. Fiona supports both organisations and individuals in her local areas and conducts outreaches across the county.
Along with Yvonne, Fiona delivers a comprehensive Volunteer Management Training Course developed by Volunteer Ireland. Fiona can be contacted on 0404 25430 or 0402 91519
County Wicklow Volunteer Centre Board of Directors
Elizabeth Murphy, Volunteer Manager, Bray Coffee Dock, Board Member Easi-Access Travel Club.
Paul McCleary, Volunteer CIC
Michael Noble, Mental Health Ireland
Brain Schweppe, Volunteer Board Member, Older Peoples Network
Ann Shelley-Lacey, Wicklow Travellers Group
Jenny Darcy, Bray Area Partnership, Community Development
Ann Byrne, County Wicklow Partnership, Manager
Volunteer Centre Interns & Volunteers
We involve volunteers in a range of roles from supporting our day-to-day operations to helping out with special events. We would like to thank
Adam Harris, Brian Schweppe, Enda McCormack and Miriam Gorman for their fantastic contribution to our recent exhibition in Greystones.