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CBM Ireland Team

Mary Keogh, Interim CEO

Dr Mary Keogh was appointed Interim CEO for CBM Ireland in 2017 to cover maternity leave of current CEO – Sarah O’Toole. Mary has been involved with CBM for 10 years in a number of capacities including working as a voluntary board member for CBM International and CBM Ireland, and as an advocacy, technical, and programme advisor.

Prior to working with CBM, Mary worked with the International Disability Rights Monitor (IDRM), as coordinator of the IDRM European regional report.  She has also written reports for the UN on inclusive development and most recently contributed to the development of the UN CRPD committee general comment on women and girls with disabilities. Mary has authored a publication on: How to make international development disability inclusive, and is a co-author of Inclusion Counts - The Economic Case for Disability-Inclusive Development.

She completed her PhD in 2014 at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUIG, where her research focused on mainstreaming disability in international aid. She also holds a Masters in International Development, an M.Sc. in Rehabilitation management and a BA in Economics.

Sarah O'Toole, CEO (currently on maternity leave)

Sarah O'Toole was appointed as the new CEO of CBM Ireland on 31st March 2014. She brings considerable experience in both the non profit and corporate world. Prior to joining CBM, Sarah was Chief Operations Officer of the Soul of Haiti Foundation and spent two years in Haiti as Project Manager of their Brand Haiti project. She has also worked with organisations such as Trócaire, Special Olympics and Concern. 
Previous roles in the corporate world include Head of Marketing & PR at Colliers International, Manager of Members' Services with ACCA Ireland and Relationship Manager with Law Library Financial Services. 
Sarah is a graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology, holds a Masters in International Strategic Marketing from DCU Business School, is PMP accredited by the Project Management Institute and is a former board member of Boardmatch Ireland.

Stefan Thorsell, Programme Manager

Stefan has been Programme Manager for CBM Ireland since April 2016. Prior to this, he worked for the Irish Government, through Irish Aid, engaging in the UN negotiations that led to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. Stefan also brings experience from Danish Red Cross with whom he worked in Pakistan and the Organization of American States with whom he worked in Colombia. In Colombia, Stefan undertook and published research on the peace process. Originally from Denmark, Stefan studied in Ireland holding a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Dublin City University and a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin. Having worked as a teacher’s assistant for children with disabilities in Denmark, Stefan has a special interest in supporting persons with disabilities.

Gwen Roddy, Finance Manager

Gwen was appointed Finance Manager for CBM in September 2017. She has experience in both non-profit and corporate organisations. Gwen has worked in a number of roles in recent years, having worked in a broad range of areas, ranging from Treasury Management to Management Accounting. Her most recent work was with Abbey International Finance. Prior to that she worked for 8 years in the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) and was also involved with the Young Social Innovators and Social Innovations Ireland.  Previous to her work in the ICI, she worked in Pfizer and in treasury support in London. Gwen is a graduate of University College Dublin and is currently taking a psychology degree part-time in Dublin City University.

Niamh Ferris, Fundraising and Communications Manager

Niamh joined CBM Ireland as Fundraising and Communications Manager in October 2016. She has 8 years experience in raising money for universities and national and international development, health, children, and animal welfare organisations, working with donors in Ireland, the UK, Canada, US and the Middle East. Prior to joining CBM, Niamh worked in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and previously with direct marketing agency Ask Direct and face-to-face fundraising agency Total Fundraising. Niamh has also been a member of a Fundraising sub-committee for Arthritis Ireland, and has presented and written on gender equality in the not-for-profit sector. She has a Masters in Political Communication from DCU, and a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design.


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