Dr John Healy
Chief Executive Officer

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John oversees Genio's programmes in disability, mental health, dementia, homelessness and capacity building. He leads Genio’s work in the Service Reform Fund, a fund of €45m which implements social service improvements at a national level, in partnership with service users, families, the Health Service Executive and service providers. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Business at Trinity College Dublin, where he lectures and researches in social investment and innovation in complex systems. John is the former international Director of Strategic Learning and Evaluation of the Atlantic Philanthropies, an international grant-making foundation where he worked from 1998 to 2012. He led the foundation’s evaluation, organisational and strategy development work across a range of systems reform initiatives in the United States, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Vietnam. John has received a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, an Executive MSc in Management from the HEC Paris and Oxford University, a MA in Economics from University College Cork and a BA in Economics and Politics from Trinity College.

Tara Doheny
Director of Irish Programmes

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Tara has been working with Genio since 2010, and has been instrumental in developing the disability and mental health programmes; as well as the development and delivery of Genio’s capacity building programme, in collaboration with internationally renowned consultant Hope Leet Dittmeier. Tara specialises in developing opportunities for vulnerable people to lead supported self-directed lives (SSDL). Through her work she provides direct support to organisations, which have been awarded funding through the Genio Trust, in their change management process. Having worked with over 140 projects across Ireland, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role with application across multiple programme areas. Prior to Genio, Tara worked for Brothers of Charity Services Clare where she helped transform the lives of people living in segregated group or institutional settings by supporting them to access opportunities which enabled them to live a ‘real life in a real place’ in their own home in the community. Tara holds a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, Diploma in Management and Training and has undertaken professional training in Social Role Valorisation (SRV) and Frontline Management in a Person Centred Environment. 

Cliona Hartigan
Finance Manager

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Clíona Hartigan is a qualified Big 4 Chartered Accountant (Andersen) with 17 years experience in both not-for-profit and corporate environments. Clíona qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 and became a Fellow Chartered Accountant in 2012. As an audit senior in Andersen, her clients included a variety of retail, manufacturing, and not-for-profit organisations. She then worked as Financial Controller for GOAL India for 2 years, followed by a year as Financial Controller with two subsidiaries of Treasury Holdings and then 14 years as Financial Controller for the Euro-Africa region of Atlantic Philanthropies.

Clíona also has firsthand experience of corporate governance as a former member of Finance Committee of Plan Ireland and former member of Board of Directors of GOAL.



Dr Lynne Cahill
Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Lynne joined the Genio team in May 2019 as a post-doctoral researcher on the Service Reform Fund (SRF) Action Research Programme in the area of homelessness. Her key responsibilities are to support the design, collection, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data relating to the Service Reform Fund (SRF) Action Research. Prior to joining Genio, Lynne worked in various research positions.  She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work & Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), where she lectures on the Applied Social Research Masters and the Child Protection and Welfare Postgraduate Diploma. Lynne completed a Masters in Applied Social Research and holds a PhD from the School of Social Work & Social Policy, TCD. Her PhD research explored the female same sex experience of intimate partner violence in the Republic of Ireland. Lynne is highly motivated to work within research domains that have a focus on social justice and has worked in a research capacity in areas such as disability, domestic violence, homelessness, and LGBT equality and mental health.

Ciara Brennan
Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Ciara joined Genio in 2020 as part of the Service Reform Fund Action Research Team in the area of disability. Prior to joining Genio, she was involved in international human rights monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has published widely on disability rights, disaster risk reduction, and independent living. Her work on disaster risk management was showcased by the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iceland where she also held a Marie-Curie scholarship to explore the implementation of the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities in Europe, with a specific focus on Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Louise Conlon
Programme Associate

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Louise joined Genio in 2019 as a programme administrator and in 2022 took on the role of programme associate. Working with the programme managers Louise assists in the organisation of programme training and events. Prior to joining the Genio team, Louise worked in the area of intellectual property, assisting in the management of patent and trademark protection, as well as marketing. Louise also has many years of experience in the hospitality sector having worked in restaurant management for over 10 years. Louise holds a BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire (IADT).

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