Meet the team
CBM Ireland staff
CBM Ireland has a small, hardworking team here in Dublin. We are dedicated to helping people affected by the double-disadvantage of poverty and disability. Poverty and disability go hand-in-hand, making people with disability among the poorest in the world, and far more likely to be isolated, experience inequality. The CBM approach focuses on ensuring that no one is left behind and that the most vulnerable are included in both long-term development and disaster relief work. We address poverty both as a cause and a consequence of disability.
Along with other members of the international CBM family, this work delivers support services to 37.9 million people annually.
Our team includes Fundraising, Finance, Marketing and Programme departments.
Sarah O'Toole - CEO
Sarah O'Toole was appointed as CEO of CBM Ireland in 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.
As CEO, Sarah oversees all aspects of the organisation, ensures good governance, good programme delivery, financial health and leads the Senior Management Team.
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. She is a graduate of University College Dublin and is currently taking a psychology degree part-time in Dublin City University.
Gwen oversees the financial health of CBM Ireland, annual audits, good financial governance, and is Data Protection Officer.
Clare Louise Cullen - Donor Care Executive
Clare Louise joined CBM Ireland in May 2018 and has extensive experience volunteering and working in the non profit sector, in both community and international development. Prior to working with CBM Ireland, Clare Louise worked with Habitat for Humanity Ireland, INDIEPENDENCE music festival, and Independent News and Media. She graduated with a degree in Journalism in 2014.
Clare Louise is the first point of contact for our generous donors and ensures a good service is provided. Clare Louise works on the Fundraising team, driving revenue and ensuring excellent process management and She is also responsible for CBM Ireland’s digital marketing processes, website maintenance and social media management.
Louise Talbot Beirne - Programme Manager and Safeguarding Focal Person
Lou has been Programme Manager for CBM Ireland since 2018. Prior to this, she was Executive Director for International Development and Volunteering for VMM International, overseeing the organisation’s work in Ireland and Africa and broadening the organisation’s institutional donor base and global project portfolio. Previously she spent 5 years in Uganda on psychosocial community development projects with international and local organisations. She is also a board member of the Church Mission Society Ireland and in her spare time she’s an enthusiastic member of Discovery Gospel Choir, Dublin’s leading inter-cultural choir.
Lou manages all our international programmes, ensuring that all funds are spent to the maximum benefit of people affected by the double-disadvantage of poverty and disability.
Sanita Lielbarde – Programme and Grants Officer
Sanita joined CBM Ireland in April 2019. Before this, she was involved with Irish-based International Development and Volunteering organization Viatores Christi and spent one and half years in Uganda, working on grassroots educational projects. Sanita also has volunteered in Kenya on a number of occasions and has been involved in two research projects in Nairobi.
Sanita holds a First Class Honours in Social Sciences from Dublin Business School and MA in International Development form University of Amsterdam.
In her role as a Programme and Grants Officer, Sanita supports the Programme Manager to ensure uninterrupted and effective programme delivery.
Dr Mary Keogh - Director of Disability Inclusive Development (CBM International)
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, before being appointed Director of Disability Inclusive Development for CBM International in 2018.
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.
Elodie joined CBM in June 2019. Prior to her appointment with CBM, she worked for five years as a buisness analyst in the privare sector in France and as a finance and administrative manager for three years in Gabon. Elodie holds a Master’s Degree in International Management Control.
Working closely with Mary, Elodie sits with the wider CBM International team. She works on the Disability Inclusive Developement initiative, working on bugetary and administrative issues for the initiative, ensure complete accuracy and comprehensive reporting of all financial records.