Meet the Team

Chief Coordinator of VOICE Ireland

Mindy O’Brien

With 25+ years toiling to improve our environment and trying to share our message to bring politicians, civil servants, companies, communities and individuals along with me, I think we are starting to make a dent.

I believe that the only way to secure positive change is through a top down (ambitious policy change) and bottom up (empowering individuals to make positive change in their communities and work environments) engagements. This dual approach gives us the tools to pivot to a new way of consuming without depleting the Earth of its precious natural resources and contaminating it with excess waste and hazardous chemicals.

My biggest achievement: My biggest achievement over the past 10 years is putting together an amazing waste busting team, going from 2 part-time employees to building a team of 8 incredible individuals We have expanded our reach and have created and delivered so many effective programmes, as you can see from our website. My ultimate goal is to remove the word ‘waste’ from our vernacular and through the lens of the circular economy, we will live in a world without waste!

Communications Director and Sick of Plastic Campaign Lead

Lyndsey O’Connell

I joined VOICE Ireland when I learned just how active and important their campaigns are.

The issues around over-packaging and waste have always been at the forefront of my mind. It feels really great to be able to apply my skills to an area I feel passionate about.

Fun Fact: I once made a curry and it looked EXACTLY like the picture in the cook book. 

Accounts Manager

Christine Ryan

I am delighted now to be part VOICE and want to help to ensure we protect our environment for future generations to enjoy.

I joined Voice in November 2020 as Accounts Manager. 

Fun Fact: I love hitting the road and putting on my backpack: leaving the rest of my possessions behind - such freedom and shows we don't need all the stuff people buy and accumulate.

Coordinator of Conscious Cup Campaign

Sorcha Kavanagh

I work on increasing awareness about Reuse, using the Coffee Cup as a stepping stone to more conscious living.

My passion is reusable food and beverage packaging and I love working with the variety of people including cafes (of course), communities, citizens, government bodies, companies and campus's 

Biggest waste busting achievement: Winning the European Week of Waste Reduction in Brussels in 2018 and 2019.  The first time for the Anti-Black Friday Geurilla campaign to increase awareness about conscious consumption and the second for a personal project with my daughter's school.  The focus was on "Green Cleaning" and covered reuse and hazardous waste avoidance, over 20 parents and children went to Brussels to pick up the prize in the European Committee of the Regions and the Belgian Waffles stole the day for the kids!

Picker Pals Programme Manager

Angela Kenny

I am the programme manager of Picker Pals, our primary school campaign bringing litter-picking tools to every school in the country hopefully!

I love interacting with the kids from classrooms all around the country and have recently developed a new skill of TV presenter – for our Picker Pals TV Show. There is never a dull day in Pickerupolis and seeing pictures of kids out on litter-picking adventures, changing the mindset in their family and community is such a great reward. 

Biggest Achievement: My biggest achievement to date was having the courage to walk away from my career of over 20 years to start all over again working on issues I really care about. It makes getting out of bed so much easier in the morning!

Project Manager Upgrading Shared bin Experience

Tad Kirakowski

Tad Joined VOICE in 2017 as part of the Recycling Ambassador Programme (RAP) where he helped to deliver 700 workshops across Ireland.

Since RAP Tad has run the Recircle Project and the Upgrading Shared bin Experience project, as well as manning the communications for a number of years. I love working for VOICE, working with a team of passionate people to achieve a goal of a greater future with less waste.

Biggest achievement: I try to celebrate small and big achievements in every day, but I’ve fond memories of the work we did with the RAP campaign engaging with communities all over Ireland, and of course there’s always another victory just around the corner to look forward to.

Coordinator of Return for Change and Dublin #CircleCity campaigns

Colin O’Byrne

I joined VOICE at the tail end of 2019 and am very happy to be part of this wonderful organisation.

I have spent much of the last 20 years working for various NGO’s in Ireland and have always endeavored to foster the understanding that we are a part of nature, not apart from it. Working with VOICE provides the platform to promote this philosophy on the ground, as the concrete actions we engage in affords people the opportunity to link their actions as individuals to outcomes in their community and indeed to the planet as a whole.

Biggest Achievement: When the 2018 World Cup rolled around, I managed to get some crowd to pay me to write about and watch every single game of the tournament. Getting paid to watch football – for a sports fan, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Abigail O’Callaghan-Platt

I manage the No Plastic Period Campaign, the Sustainable Communities Training Programme, the Zero Waste Communities Programme and the Ditch the Disposables workshops.

Through these programmes I work on sustainability issues with both communities and school groups. It’s amazing to get to work on issues that really matter to me and take action towards a better future!

Fun fact: In my spare time I work on LGBTQI+ advocacy for the West Cork based group, BROD. 

Patrick Jackson

When I came across a seagull tangled up in fishing line on the pier in Howth, I never imagined that it would lead to Picker Pals, a nationwide litter-picking programme involving thousands of primary school children.

But that's what's happened thanks to being a part of the VOICE family.

Fun Fact: I have a cloak covered in 'treasures' I found on the beach. I wear this on special occasions and it stops people in their tracks. It's my attempt to raise awareness of what we are doing to our environment. 

Volunteer

Ailbhe Carney

Media Lists and #WeChooseReuse Campaign

I really wanted to volunteer with Voice because I wanted to be part of an organisation making proactive changes towards living sustainably and promoting a circular economy.

Fun fact: I am a professionally qualified makeup artist!

Volunteer Picker Pals Initiative

Gabriel Ware

The mission of voice is one that resonates with my own ideals and experience as a Masters student in Environmental History and as a lifelong environmentalist, and the Picker Pals project is a perfect example of the value and meaning of community engagement.

Fun Fact: I have lived in three countries, and hope to live in as many as I can in the future.

Volunteer Picker Pals Initiative

Caoimhe Nolan

I am an intern working on the Picker Pals initiative. I volunteered with VOICE because I am passionate about the environment, sustainability & urban design and how to make it accessible for all.

I am currently in my second year of City Planning & Environmental Policy in UCD,

Fun fact: A fun fact about me is that I can't drive, so I cycle almost everywhere!

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