Voice - 25th anniversary - 1997 - 2022

Meet the Team

Chief Executive of VOICE

Tad Kirakowski

Tad Kirakowski has been appointed by the Board of VOICE to the position of CEO. Tad replaces Mindy O’Brien who retired from the role after 18 years at the helm.

I am thrilled to take on this role. We’ve always described our work here as bottom up and top-down; we drive change from the grassroots level but also support the implementation of ambitious policies through engagement with communities. I think that mix is the real crux of VOICE's success and it’s why I love working with VOICE.  

VOICE has been in Ireland for over 25 years and currently has a team of 8 people, that cover policy, research, community engagement, and advocacy projects. VOICE has grown a lot over the last 5 years particularly. What has driven that has been a fantastic team of passionate people, I look forward to supporting them to deliver VOICEs mission.

We are at a crucial time with the next few years offering us the opportunity to move towards a more circular economy and away from the take-make-waste approach, but also to ensure that we do so while achieving our aims under the Sustainable Development Goals. We need strong voices, to ensure that we can achieve these goals..

Communications Director

Lyndsey O’Connell

As Communications Director I develop comms strategies and campaigns and help to support the VOICE team in communicating their efforts and wins.

I also lead on the development of two campaigns here at VOICE focused on consumption and production. As coordinator, I build bridges between businesses, individuals, academics, communities, and policymakers in a bid to justly transition to a real and robust circular economy.‍

Fun Fact: I'm fixing up a 1950s house using secondhand materials and DIY skills as much as possible.

Director of Policy

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. 

'Return for Change' and 'Dublin's #CircleCity' Project Manager

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.

Finance Manager

Leonard Dowling

I am delighted to join Mindy & the Voice team and am enjoying supporting the team in the delivery of their key projects. I look forward to enhancing my environmental knowledge in the new role.

After a Finance & Business career in Ireland across the Financial Services & Payments sectors. I spent the last 8 years working internationally in the Middle East and Asia.

Fun fact – Music, History, and Sport are my key interests, with Hurling being my sporting passion.

Picker Pals Programme Administrator

Gary Jones

I love working with VOICE because it gives me the opportunity to focus on my passion, which is environmental education for young people. My mission is to help create lots of little environmental activists!!

Fun Fact: In the early days of my former career as a primary school teacher, I undertook a series of lessons with my class on the life cycle of woodlice. An inspector was present for two of them and in his report, he noted the lovely resources, the children's high levels of engagement & understanding of the concepts being taught.....but cautioned against me getting "so excited that I forgot the rest of the curriculum".....noting that "Caring about woodlice is great, but the children still need to learn how to read!". I curbed my enthusiasm appropriately afterward!

VOICE Associate

Solene Schirrer

My name is Solene, and I am thrilled to be part of the VOICE Ireland team as project assistant. Coming from France, it is wonderful to work in an organization that is at the forefront of environmental action and being able to witness the impact we make on both national and local levels.

Working alongside a team of dedicated and passionate individuals is an incredible learning experience. Their enthusiasm has encouraged me to explore my own interests while simultaneously supporting the existing projects.

Fun fact: I flew here with both of my cats Halloween and Citrouille (=Pumkin) and have the apparently horrifying default of not liking vinegar on my chips.

Waste Not, Want Not Community Liaison Officer

Allison Roberts

I am delighted to be a part of the VOICE team, and to work alongside such interesting and dedicated change-makers! I am a big advocate for 'thinking global & acting local' and love that VOICE works with local groups and organisations to create projects that can have long lasting impact.

Fun fact: Last year I took my family on a cycle (& train) trip to the Lego house in Denmark!

Communications Associate

Zala Ngita Ngonde

My name is Zala and I come from Belgium! I chose to do an internship at Voice Ireland because I wanted to put my digital marketing skills to work for a cause that really matters to me, that of environmental protection. It is sometimes difficult to know what to do to feel that one is actively involved in the protection of the planet and it is a real pleasure for me to have the opportunity here.

Fun fact: People think that I send a lot of messages when I walk down the street, but the truth is that as I get lost everywhere I go so as soon as I leave my neighborhood, I activate Google Maps and I have my eyes on its instructions.

No Plastic Period Campaign, Research Assistant

Aileen Cashman

I am thrilled to be part of the VOICE team. Working in VOICE is allowing me the opportunity to focus on my passion which is engaging and collaborating with youth workers and organisations across the Country, to create awareness on sustainability aiming to make a positive impact on our planet.

Fun Fact: If you ever come across listening to Mark Ronson (Purple Disco Machine Remix) 💜 you shall find me on the dance floor!

Communications Associate

Jenna Galla

I am eager to intern at VOICE because I am deeply passionate about environmental activism and effective communication. This role offers the perfect opportunity to merge my interests in environmental policy and public engagement, allowing me to contribute to meaningful change. VOICE's unwavering commitment to the environment is truly inspiring, and I am excited for the opportunity to be part of such a dedicated and impactful organization!

Fun Fact: I love spending time outdoors! I am Wilderness First Aid certified and have undergone wilderness survival training. I have even gone on a solo camping trip!

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