Dr Sheila Gilheany | Chief Executive Officer
Sheila has a background in physics and has extensive experience in policy development and advocacy. She has led a range of not-for-profit organisations in science, education, public engagement and social enterprise. Most recently she was the national manager for the Institute of Physics in Ireland where she developed strong policy positions on issues around research funding, facilities, gender and access to physics at all levels. Previously she was Director of the Irish Centre for Talented Youth at Dublin City University for 11 years, bringing courses and services for young people with exceptional academic ability right across Ireland. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Specialisterne Ireland an organisation which supports the employment of people with autism.
She has a BSc Hons in physics and a PhD in astrophysics from Queen’s University Belfast.
Hannah-Alice Loughlin | Head of Communications and Advocacy
Hannah has worked in communications for over 10 years. Her career trajectory led her eventually into the political field and on to the non-profit sector. She has worked on numerous campaigns including the 2018 referendum on the 8th Amendment, the most recent Presidential Election, the 2019 European Parliament Election, 2020 General Election and 2020 Seanad Election.
Throughout her consulting and freelancing, she has worked for several political figures and alongside a number of non-profit organisations. She also works in photography and videography and has embarked on a variety of creative and commercial projects.
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Jennifer Hough | Policy Lead
Jennifer has 15 years of experience in the areas of journalism and communications and most recently spent two and half years working in policy, research and communications in Oberstown Children Detention Campus, Ireland’s national facility for young offenders.
There she was responsible for the development of new policy, and for the implementation of the communications and engagement strategy, increasing public and media awareness and understanding of the role and work of Oberstown. She also designed and delivered an impactful data research project, Characteristics of Young People in Detention, which has helped to reframe the conversation around youth justice in the media and in the wider public arena.
As a journalist, Jennifer worked in the UK, Canada and Ireland primarily covering social justice issues. She has won three media awards for her work and has been published in papers such as the Irish Times, the Toronto Star, The National Post and Irish Examiner.
Jennifer has a first class Master’s degrees in journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway and in Child and Family Law from University College Cork.