Who's Who in Christian Aid Ireland? Here we introduce the team.
Rosamond Bennett, chief executive
Rosamond was appointed Chief Executive of Christian Aid Ireland in 2012. Prior to this she worked in the corporate sector for more than 20 years, including the position of Head of Communications at the Northern Bank and as Head of Marketing for both Northern Bank and National Irish Bank with all Ireland responsibility. Rosamond is also an elder in Whitehead Presbyterian Church, Co Antrim.
Gillian Laney, head of finance
Gillian worked for Deloitte and the National Health Service prior to joining Christian Aid Ireland in 2007. She leads on both financial and business systems matters.
Nazma Kabir, head of programme development
Nazma worked in the development sector for 20 years before joining Christian Aid in February 2011. She worked in developing countries including Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, supporting long term development programmes. Nazma oversees the programme development unit in Christian Aid Ireland and is responsible for managing Irish Aid funded programmes in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
Adrian Horsman, head of communications & media
Adrian was a broadcast journalist for 25 years before joining Christian Aid in 2005. In between travelling around Africa, including cycling alone from Ireland to Cape Town in 1992/93, he was BBC Northern Ireland’s Dublin correspondent and later TV3 Ireland’s Belfast correspondent. Email Adrian.
Deborah Doherty, head of church & community
Deborah worked for the church for 13 years before joining Christian Aid full time in 1999. She had previously been involved in fundraising for Christian Aid following time spent in Kenya during her gap year.
Sorley McCaughey, advocacy & policy officer
Sorley is responsible for representing Christian Aid's global policy positions to the Irish government, policy makers and the media in Ireland. His role is to ensure that Christian Aid can influence Irish policies to bring about positive developmental impact. Sorley has worked extensively on governance and anti corruption issues in the middle east and Africa. Previous to joining Christian Aid, he worked with the United Nations Development Programme and as a consultant on Public Sector Reform to the Norwegian Government’s overseas aid agency. Email Sorley
Niall O'Rourke, emergency officer, global response
Niall joined Christian Aid Ireland in June 2010 having previously worked in the development sector in Latin America and Ireland for six years. As emergency officer for global response, Niall supports Christian Aid teams and partners in the implementation of humanitarian interventions. Based in Dublin with global deployment responsibilities, he works with international donors, including Irish Aid, to develop and deliver humanitarian relief programmes, ensuring accountability and maximum benefit to disaster affected communities.
Florence Mutesasira, communications & media officer
Florence worked for a public relations consultancy in Ireland for four years before joining Christian Aid Ireland. She previously worked in Uganda for the International Law Institute and the Sustainable Development Centre - an environmental research consultancy. Email Florence.
Peter Byrne, churches liaison & development officer
Peter is responsible for supporting Christian Aid’s sponsoring churches and schools, and managing volunteer fundraisers in the western, central, eastern and northern counties of the Republic of Ireland. He is a licensed reader in Dublin and Glendalough diocese and previously worked at University College Dublin and as a pastoral assistant in the city.
Andrew Coleman, south west coordinator
Andrew is responsible for coordinating Christian Aid’s work in south west Ireland. He previously worked part-time for Christian Aid in Cork. He is a member of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland and the Diocesan Council of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
Tendai Madondo, programme development officer
Tendai is responsible for ensuring that Christian Aid/Irish Aid funding includes a strong thread of action to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS, gender inequality and violence against women. She has over ten years’ experience working on HIV/AIDS and on gender support, care, training and policy in Zimbabwe and Ireland.
Alix Tiernan, monitoring & evaluation programme officer
Alix joined Christian Aid Ireland in December 2008, to provide support to the Christian Aid country programmes receiving funding from Irish Aid in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, and programme learning. She is also part of the Christian Aid-wide team providing quality support for accountability and learning. Alix has been working with NGOs in development for over 15 years, in Mozambique, Rwanda, Bosnia and in Ireland, initially in agricultural development, and later in programme quality.