Meet the team

CBM Ireland staff


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.


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Reuben Haylett - Operations Director

Reuben has worked for the American Government across sub-Saharan Africa for the past 12 years and brings a wealth of political, governmental and programmatic experience with him to CBM Ireland.  From 2012 to 2017 he was the PEPFAR Country Coordinator in Lesotho for the American Embassy and Deputy Coordinator for the American Embassy in Uganda 2008 to 2012.   As the American Ambassador’s representative, this position plays a lead role in coordinating the USG agencies’ health programs and linkages with host governments and implementing partners.  Prior roles include program specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Botswana; Medical Coordinator with GOAL in South Sudan and infectious disease nursing in Rwanda and UK. He holds a Post Graduate diploma in Public Health Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, MSc in Public Health from London University and is a Registered General Nurse in the UK.

Reuben is on a fixed term appointment from May to November 2018 to provide support to CBM Ireland during the maternity leave of Sarah O’Toole.


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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.


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Niamh Ferris - Fundraising and Communications Manager

Niamh joined CBM Ireland as Fundraising and Communications Manager in 2016 and has eight years experience raising funds for universities, international development, and Irish domestic not-for-profits. She has led campaigns in the areas of health, child welfare, animal welfare, and education, working with donors in Ireland, UK, North America, 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. She 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.

Niamh oversees communications and fundraising for CBM Ireland, developing public awareness and raising vital funds to support our work overseas with some of the most vulnerable people in the world.


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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.



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Phillip Massey - Donor Care Administrator

Phillip joined CBM Ireland in May 2018 when he decided to move to the not-for-profit sector, bringing with him more than 15 years experience in banking  where he worked as a systems analyst and developed solutions to improve business processes. He is currently studying Theology and Education in Dublin City University.

Phillip ensures smooth day to day running of donation processing on the fundraising team, liaises with Gwen on end of month accounts, and ensures all our systems are used accurately and efficiently.


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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, he has a special interest in supporting persons with disabilities.

Stefan manages all our programmes overseas, ensuring that all funds are spent to the maximum benefit of people affected by the double-disadvantage of poverty and disability.


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Megan Stirling - Programme and Grants Officer

Megan joined CBM Ireland in August 2018 as Programme and Grants Officer.  Prior to joining CBM Ireland, Megan worked for Trócaire for 2 years in their Strategy and Impact Unit, and more recently, worked for Concern Worldwide as Programme Support Officer for Ethiopia. She has strong experience in Results Based Management (RBM), proposal development, and capacity building. Megan has a MSc in International Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin (UCD), and has undertaken research focusing on Impact Evaluation for the Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) within UCD.

Megan monitors our programmes overseas, and works with institutional donors and foundations to create new programmes to support more people.


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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.


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