Find out more about our staff members

Suzanne Costello, Chief Executive Officer

Suzanne joined Alcohol Action Ireland from the Samaritans, where she served as the organisation’s Executive Director for Ireland for six years, establishing the Samaritans as the leading provider of emotional support in Ireland and a key contributor to national policy development and delivery in the area of suicide prevention. Suzanne has extensive senior management experience in the non-profit sector and has also previously worked with The Medieval Trust in Dublin, Wicklow County Council and the Irish Film Institute. She holds qualifications in social science and business, including a Master of Business from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Conor Cullen, Head of Communications and Advocacy

Conor joined Alcohol Action Ireland from People Newspapers, where he worked as a journalist for eight years, covering a wide range of news stories and features across the group’s nine regional titles, including the Wexford People, Carlow People and Wicklow People. During that time Conor, a native of Co Wexford, was also a regular contributor to a number of national media organisations, including RTE, The Irish Times, Irish Independent and Irish Examiner. He holds qualifications in public health, communications, journalism, and digital and social media.

Catherine Keane, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Catherine has significant public affairs and policy development experience at an Irish and EU level, having worked for the Fine Gael Leader’s Office in Leinster House and for former MEP Avril Doyle in the European Parliament, Brussels. She worked as an employment and family law solicitor before taking up her role with Alcohol Action Ireland. Catherine is also a Member of the Board of the Children’s Rights Alliance. A native of County Galway, Catherine is a graduate of UCD and holds a Master of Public Relations from DIT, a Diploma in Employment Law from the Law Society of Ireland, and is a member of the Law Society of Ireland.