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Our Senior Management Team


Grainia Long, Chief Executive

Grainia Long is Chief Executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC), having commenced in role in February 2015. She previously spent seven years at the Chartered Institute of Housing – a UK-wide professional body, first as its Director in Northern Ireland and from 2011 to 2015 as its Chief Executive. 
In 2011, Grainia was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland as a Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and is currently serving a second term.
She is also a Non-Executive Director of Thames Valley Housing. In 2014, she was appointed a member of the Review of Housing Supply chaired by Sir Michael Lyons, and was also a member of the LGA Commission on Economic Growth chaired by Sir John Peace. She was Chief Advisor to the Commission on the Future of Housing in Northern Ireland, chaired by Lord Best. 
In 2016, she was appointed a member of a ministerial Task Force on Youth Mental Health in Ireland.

Phil Irwin, Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Phil is the Director of Finance and Corporate Services and began working with the ISPCC as a volunteer with the Childline service in 1991,as part of the first group of Childline volunteers in the Limerick unit.
Phil later joined the staff team in 1994 and has worked in various roles during this time. In 2015, she moved role to become Director of Finance and Corporate Services. 
In her current role Phil has responsibility for the finance, human resources and information technology IT functions. Previous to Phil’s involvement with the ISPCC the majority of her experience was gained in the corporate sector.

Cliodhna O’Neill, Director of Policy and Communications

Cliodhna joined the ISPCC as Director of Policy and Communications in April 2016. She is responsible for leading the ISPCC’s work on influencing government and public policy and seeking change to better protect children in Ireland. She is also responsible for the ISPCC’s communications and marketing.
Cliodhna has a background in communications, public policy and law, and prior to joining the ISPCC worked in Ireland and the UK in large and small organisations supporting people who have a disability or other support needs, predominantly in the Rehab Group. She holds qualifications in literature and languages and in learning disability from University College Dublin and and has qualified as a barrister at the Honorable Society of King's Inns.
Cliodhna is a member of the board of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and is an external member of Disability Federation of Ireland's Governance Committee.
email: cliodhna.o'

Caroline O’ Sullivan, Director of Services

Caroline is the ISPCC’s Director of Services , with responsibility for ensuring the provision of high quality, accessible child-centred services to children and families across the country. Caroline began working with the ISPCC as a volunteer in 1992 and  joined the staff team in 1996.
She has worked in various roles during this time and has been Director of Services since 2007.  Prior to joining the ISPCC, Caroline worked as a social worker, youth worker and community development worker within both the statutory and voluntary sector. Caroline was seconded from ISPCC to the National Children’s Office to establish and run the first Dáil na nÓg, was later appointed to the National Children’s Advisory Council and following this onto the National Advisory Council for Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, the national policy framework for children and young people.
Caroline was the voluntary sector representative on the Garda Vetting Implementation Committee, a member of the Board of the Children’s Rights Alliance for seven years and is currently a member of the Tusla National Commissioning Working Group.

Gill Waters, Director of Fundraising

Gill Waters joined the IPSCC as Director of Fundraising in April 2015, responsible for generating income from individuals, communities, companies, events, campaigns, trusts and foundations. Gill’s mission is to deliver our Fundraising Strategy, ensuring we generate the voluntary income required to deliver our services and build sustainable income, for the future of the ISPCC. Gill joined the ISPCC from LauraLynn Children’s Hospice where she held the position of fundraising manager. Previous to this Gill worked as an independent consultant with Aware, Taste of Dublin and was the project manager for Ray D’Arcy’s Half Million Half Marathon in Dublin's  Phoenix Park, which raised over €600,000 for LauraLynn.
Gill worked in Today FM for over eight years, in sponsorship and promotions and as communications manager. Gill was the inspiration and driving force behind Today FM’s Shave or Dye Campaign, has raised over €8 million for the Irish Cancer Society.nThe campaign saw her win multiple radio and marketing awards, break several Guinness World Records and in 2012, Gill was a recipient of the People of the Year Award.