National Office Staff

Meet the Team

Dr Patrick Burke
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Gralton
Assistant CEO & Head of Compliance

Paul has 35 years experience in Youth and Community Work, he has a strong commitment to supporting and developing structures for young people and communities. 

Niamh Codd
Compliance Administrator

Niamh is Compliance Administrator with National Office and provides support to the ACEO, administering Data Protection, Garda Vetting and Safeguarding Training System. She helps set up and maintain reporting systems, produce reports, follow up with members on issues and support verification systems and visits.

Eric Collins
Finance Administrator

Eric is part of the finance team in National Office and provides financial administrative support to the Finance Facilities and Head of Finance.

Gina Halpin
Head of Information and Inclusion

Gina develops and coordinates information strategies, actions and national campaigns for youth inclusion programmes and initiatives.

Mary Horgan
Head of Finance

Mary manages the national finances of Youth Work Ireland which includes the processing of grants from Government Departments, National and European Agencies, Trusts and Corporates etc.

Michelle Houlden
Development Officer for the Irish Youth Music Awards

Michelle has responsibility for the delivery of the IYMAs 2024 and will engage with IYMAs Hubs, Local Live Selections, engaging with partners and stakeholders, and overseeing all aspects of the National Event. 

Breege Kiernan
Young People Events and Facilities Manager

Breege manages and coordinates youth events and also looks after the facilities for the Dominick Street premises. 

Michael McLoughlin
Head of Advocacy and Communications

Michael is responsible for youth advocacy, communications, policy submissions, media relations and campaigns. Michael is a former board member with the Children’s Rights Alliance, Chairperson of Leargas and a member of the European Economic and Social Committee, the EU’s Consultative Body for Civil Society.

Geraldine Moore
Head of Voluntary Clubs & National Programmes

Geraldine is federal coordinator with responsible for voluntary clubs and programmes. She is co-ordinator of Youth Wave and the Nollaig programme.

Kevin McMahon
Participation Officer

Kevin is the Participation Officer and provide support to the DCEDIY’s Participation Unit and provides onsite and offsite support to Regional Comhairle na nÓg, supporting the National Comhairle na nÓg Executive, assisting in the development of annual events, consultations and other participation initiatives.

Eppy Mutetwa
Communications Admin Officer

Eppy is National Office Communications Admin Officer and is responsible for social media, website and other communications campaigns involving Youth Work Ireland and our members.

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Anna Perho
Participation Administrator

Anna provides technical support to the DCEDIY Citizen Participation Unit and supports Comhairle na nÓg in the development of annual events, consultations and other participation initiatives.


Neermala Ramphal
House keeper

Neermala is responsible for the upkeep and care of 20 Lower Dominick Street. 

Matthew Seebach
Head of Youth Work Practice & Strategy

Matthew is responsible for youth work practice development in Youth Work Ireland and strategy development.