- Madeleine Clarke Founding Director
- Hugh Kane Chief Operations Officer
- Dr Fiona Keogh Director of Research and Evidence
- Margaret Flynn Accounting and Grants Officer
- Tara Doheny Programme Manager - Disability
- Ann Coyle Programme Manager - Dementia
- Dr Marina Bowe Programme Manager - Mental Health
- Dr Paul Doherty Leadership Development Manager
- Fiona Murphy Communications Manager
- Orlaith Potter Communications and Operations Executive
Madeleine Clarke is Founding Director of Genio, an independent organisation established in 2008 to harness public, private and non-profit interests to support and scale solutions to social problems. Prior to establishing Genio, Madeleine worked in the social sector for thirty years. During that time she undertook a number of roles including inaugural Chair and co-founder of the Children’s Rights Alliance of Ireland, Deputy CEO of Barnardos and an independent consultant working across statutory, philanthropic and non-governmental agencies. Madeleine is a psychologist by profession and an Ashoka Fellow. She holds an M.A. in psychology from University College Dublin and a M.Sc. [Econ.] from the University of Wales.
Chief Operations Officer
After retiring from the public service in December 2010, Hugh joined Genio in January 2011 where he is working to facilitate the development of a problem-solving focus to removing the barriers to increasing individualised supports. Hugh has worked in personal social services for nearly 40 years. He began his career in health as a Community Welfare Officer and moved into senior management in 1998 as Community Services General Manager. In 2000 Hugh joined the management team of South Western Area Health Board as Assistant CEO, and was subsequently appointed Deputy CEO in 2003. Hugh joined the HSE in 2005 as Hospital Network Manager. He later worked as Local Health Manager for Wicklow with lead responsibility for Disability services and after that took on the role of Assistant National Director for Dublin mid-Leinster. In 2009 Hugh left the HSE to become CEO of the Mental Health Commission.
Director of Research and Evidence
Fiona Keogh, PhD, Dip. Stats, Cert. Health Ec. has been working with Genio since August 2008. During this time she conducted the research for the report on Identifying Effective Sustainable Services for People with Disabilities and Mental Health Difficulties. Fiona has over 20 years experience in conducting health research in Ireland, in mental health and in the wider disability sector. Most recently, she wrote the report of the Expert Disability Policy Reference Group which was part of the Value for Money Review of Disability Services. Fiona has also worked for the Mental Health Commission, preparing and implementing a Research Strategy for the organisation and was part of the management team that implemented the Mental Health Act 2001. She worked as the researcher and writer for the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy and drafted much of the government’s current mental health policy A Vision for Change. Fiona previously worked for the Health Research Board as the senior researcher in the Mental Health Division and as the researcher on a comprehensive evaluation of a community mental health service in West Dublin. She is also an Associate Lecturer on the MA in Health Services Management course in the Institute of Public Administration.
Accounting and Grants Officer
Margaret joined Genio in 2010. Margaret Flynn started her career in PKF Chartered Accountants now Grant Thornton in Dublin. She worked in various departments from 1985 to 2001, gaining wide experience in the payroll and management accounts departments. She moved to the role of financial controller in 1999 and held the position for two years. In 2001 Margaret joined the Irish Greyhound Board acting as Track Accountant for the Mullingar Track, playing an important role in establishing Mullingar track as a renowned venue for leisure in the midlands.
Programme Manager - Disability
Tara joined Genio in 2010. Her role is to monitor the projects supported by the Genio Trust, and to support the development of strategic advocacy amongst key stakeholders focused on increasing opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health difficulties to live self-determined lives as equals in society. She previously worked for Brothers of Charity’s Services Clare as Co-ordinator focusing on the transformation of services away from segregated group settings towards supporting individuals to access opportunities which enable them to live a ‘real life in a real place’. Prior to working with the Brothers of Charity Services, she was District Manager with Enterprise Ulster where she worked with unemployed people helping them to retrain and up skill in their chosen occupational areas. After the 1998 Omagh bomb she successfully secured funding to provide women aged 25 plus living in the Co. Tyrone area with confidence building training, basic computer skills and first-aid training. Tara also spent 4 weeks with the Jay Nolan Community Service in Los Angeles in 2007. She holds a BA (Hons) Retail Management and a Diploma in Management and Training.
Programme Manager - Dementia
Ann joined Genio in 2012. Her role is to lead the Dementia Programme through the four demonstration sites and a learning network fostering the roll out of high quality individualised supports for people with dementia and the development of supportive communities and support systems. Ann has worked in Health and Social Services for 30 years in the HSE, the former North Eastern Health Board and in Northern Ireland. She began her career as an Occupational Therapist and has worked in Mental Health, Disability and Older Persons Services. She then moved into management roles where she has worked in various roles including Community Care Administrator, General Manager of Community Services, and Director of Services for Older People in the former NEHB. More recently she has worked as a Planning Specialist for Older people in Dublin North East and in the Office of the Assistant National Director of Services for Older People in the HSE. She has a wide range of experiences working with communities and people who are marginalised in the fields of women’s health, youth and older peoples services and of multiagency working through the Louth County Development Board and local Partnership and Regional consumer Fora. She is in her final year of a PhD on person centred care for older people.
Programme Manager - Mental Health
Marina joined Genio in January 2013 as Programme Manager - Mental Health. Her role is to identify opportunities in mental health for Genio to deliver real benefits for service users. Her focus is on engaging the stakeholders and working with the Genio team on the development of specific grant streams, capacity building and research initiatives. Marina is a Medical Doctor. She qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1997. She initially worked in general medicine and paediatrics before training in psychiatry. She became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2004. She completed higher specialist training in general adult psychiatry in 2009 and has been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist since then. Marina continues to work part-time in a community mental health team as Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist. She has worked as a Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry and has experience in service reconfiguration which includes the closure of St. Loman’s Hospital Dublin and the development of community living opportunities. She has delivered training to mental health professionals in the areas of community psychiatric services, recovery, and positive risk management in the context of practice development and change management. She is first author on the book Changing Minds: Home not Hospital which describes the evolution of Ireland’s first home treatment team over twenty years as told by service users, carers, and staff. Marina’s particular interest is in the delivery of recovery focused and individualised services within local communities using natural community supports and structures in place of traditional service based supports.
Leadership Development Manager
Paul joined Genio in 2012 following 30 years of work in the field of community health and development, both in Ireland and overseas. Paul’s role is focussed on the promotion of learning and leadership and he brings relevant professional experience of group facilitation, training, programme planning, partner capacity-building, voluntary sector management and organisational development consultancy. Paul previously served as Training Officer with Gloucestershire Health Education Services, Empowerment Initiative Coordinator with the United Mission to Nepal’s Lalitpur Community Development and Health Project, Programme Facilitator with the United Mission to Nepal's Surkhet Community Education Project, Country Representative (Director) for Nepal with Oxfam UK/Ireland, Local Development Programme Manager with Avondhu Development Group and Director of The Social and Health Education Project. He also worked for seven years as an independent organisational support specialist with Transformation Consultants and The Right Bus Consultancy and made an academic contribution at third level through teaching and external examining at UCC. Paul was awarded a PhD for his research into leadership in community and voluntary sector organisations. He is a qualified coach and mediator, an accredited practitioner in workplace well-being and a registered general nurse.
Fiona joined Genio in November 2009 as Communications Manager. Her role is to assist in developing and implementing a communications strategy to support the work of Genio. Prior to this she worked with Ground4D, where she managed promotions, events, and media co-ordination for clients such as Heineken Ireland, RTÉ 2FM, Coty Ireland, among others. Fiona has also worked as a Website Editor and Content Manager with the student website campus.ie, co-ordinating its re-launch in 2009. Campus.ie was shortlisted for a Golden Spider Award 2009. She also spent two years in Japan where she taught English Communications. Fiona holds an MA Computer Mus., BSC Multimedia, Prof. Dip. Marketing.
Communications and Operations Executive
Orlaith joined Genio in 2012. She has responsibilities in communications and operations. Previous to this, Orlaith worked as a Research Assistant with the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) in Northern Ireland on major public infrastructure projects. In this position, she worked on securing funding for a Peace building and Conflict Resolution Centre at the Maze/Long Kesh site and provided communications support for the Peace Bridge Opening Festival in Derry~Londonderry. Orlaith has previously worked with disadvantaged groups having supported the implementation of the NI Executive’s Neighbourhood Renewal programme while working with the South Belfast Partnership Board in 2010. Orlaith is a psychology graduate of NUI Galway.