Madeleine Clarke
Executive Director

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Madeleine Clarke is founder of Genio, a nonprofit organisation managing philanthropic and public funding and providing capacity-building for scaling successful, citizen-centred innovations for social and environmental impact. Genio works at national and EU levels and is a trusted partner of government agencies, EU institutions and international foundations. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the ESF Social innovation + Initiative; chairs the Steering Group for the establishment of a National Centre for Social Innovation in Ireland; and is on the Steering Committee for the King Baudouin Foundation’s European Programme. Madeleine has been Chairperson of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, Board Director of Social Venture Partners International, and was the Inaugural Chairperson of the Children’s Rights Alliance in Ireland.   Previously Madeleine held a number of leadership roles as a professional psychologist, manager, and consultant to philanthropic, government and social service providing organisations. She holds an M.A. Psychology, and M.Sc. [Econ.].


Dr John Healy
Deputy Executive Director

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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
Reform Manager

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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. 


Dr Danika Sharek
Post-Doctoral Researcher - Service Reform Fund

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Danika joined Genio in 2018 as a researcher on the Service Reform Fund (SRF) Action Research Programme. She holds a PhD from the Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery about the education needs of families of transgender young people in the Republic of Ireland. Danika also completed an M.Sc. in Applied Social Research in the Trinity College Dublin School of Social Work and Social Policy and has worked for a number of years as a researcher and project manager in various social areas. She has authored several publications and enjoys presenting her work within Ireland and abroad. Danika is passionate about areas of social justice, including mental health, and appreciates collaborative forms of inquiry.


Dr Lynne Cahill
Post-Doctoral Researcher - Service Reform Fund

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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.


Jessica Curtis
National Project Manager – Mental Health Engagement & Recovery

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Jessica is a National Project Manager seconded to the National Office of Mental Health Engagement and Recovery, Mental Health Services, HSE. The central point of this role is to co-produce a review of the HSE MHS Engagement structure and activities, and to offer recommendations for service improvement nationally focusing on enhancing the current model of engagement.

Jessica is an experienced senior leader who has developed innovative models of practice in community development and venture philanthropy settings. Her work is guided by her belief in equality and the transformative impact of hope, respect, partnership and social value. Jessica has wide ranging expertise in mental health recovery approaches and impact management, and service approaches underpinned by professional training in Social Role Valorisation (SRV) and Supported Self Directed Living (SSDL). She has spent over a decade as an Advance Level trainer supporting Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) in settings as diverse as universities, community and health and social care services. Jessica holds a H.Dip.Ed. in Speech and Language Therapy, an M.A. in Drama and Theatre and an M.Sc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion.

Her studies and work support her focus on joining the dots between stakeholders, contemporary research and beneficiaries for system change.


Ciara Brennan
Post-Doctoral Researcher - Service Reform Fund

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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.


Gráinne Smith
Service Reform Researcher, Addiction Programme

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Gráinne joined Genio in November 2019 as a Service Reform Researcher for the Addiction Programme. Gráinne has over 20 years’ experience working with statutory and non-statutory agencies, both nationally and internationally, focusing on designing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based programmes and services for children and families. She is skilled at progressing from development stages to implementation, aligning strategies with innovation and cost efficiency. She has contributed to multiple publications and holds a master’s degree in Education, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science and a Higher Diploma in Sick Children’s Nursing.


Clare Bergin
Executive Assistant

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Clare joined Genio in 2018 as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Project and Event Support to the Management Team. She has extensive experience in administration, office management, IT and event coordination, working previously as an Executive PA and Office Manager for the travel & telecommunications industries. Clare was a full-time carer for a family member and has a deep interest in human and social services. She has a passion for travel and culture and has travelled extensively throughout Asia, Australia and South America. She holds a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and IT.


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).

Genio
19-21 Westland Square
Pearse St., Dublin 2, D02 YH27, Ireland
Phone +353 1 707 1700
Email [email protected]