Madeleine Clarke
Executive Director

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Madeleine Clarke is the founder and Executive Director of Genio, a European organisation based in Ireland, which supports social services to solve complex problems. She also leads the European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF), established and co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Genio, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the King Baudouin Foundation. Prior to establishing Genio, Madeleine has held a number of leadership roles as a professional psychologist, manager and consultant to philanthropic, government and social service providing organisations. She has been chair of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, a Board Director of Social Venture Partners International and was the inaugural chair of the Children’s Rights Alliance in Ireland. Madeleine is an experienced and strategic leader, expert in complex systems change and has been dedicated throughout her 40-year career to bringing about sustainable improvements in the lives of people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. She holds an M.A. psychology, University College Dublin and M.Sc. [Econ.] University of Wales.

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.

Antoinette Mangan
Chief Finance Officer (P/T)

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Antoinette joined Genio in September 2016 as the Chief Finance Officer and is responsible for the financial management of Genio. Antoinette is an experienced finance professional with over ten years’ experience in the Community and Voluntary sector, having previously worked in banking and the fast-moving consumer goods sectors. Her recent experience was focussed on reporting and compliance and assisting organisations to report under the SORP for Charities. Antoinette has a BA in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University and is Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and more recently completed the Leadership for Change Programme in All Hallows College.

Tara Doheny
Service 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. 

Fiona Murphy
Communications & Development Manager

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Fiona joined Genio in 2009. Her role is to assist in developing and implementing a communications strategy to support the work of Genio. Prior to this she worked with Havas Worldwide Dublin & Ground4D where she designed and delivered integrated brand communications and experiential marketing campaigns for clients such as Heineken, RTÉ and Coty among others. She also worked as Website Editor and Content Manager with the student website, co-ordinating its re-launch in 2009 and working closely with clients & site partners including Apple, O2 & She spent two years in Japan where she taught English Communications. Fiona holds a PGDip European Public Affairs, MA Computer Music, BSc Multimedia, Prof. Dip. Marketing. She is a member of the European Institute of Communications and the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Dr Olivia Cosgrove
Information Manager (P/T)

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Olivia joined Genio in April 2013 as a Research Officer. Her main responsibilities include working across all sectors of Genio programmes on the collection and analysis of data, the production and dissemination of research and evidence and the analysis of social impact and evaluation. Olivia has completed a Masters in Applied Social Research and holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Limerick. She has a particular interest in innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies relating to social impact measurement and evaluation. Her PhD thesis developed a model exploring the social perpetuation of stigma and discrimination in Ireland and focused on methodologies which could both capture and describe these processes. Prior to joining Genio, Olivia worked in various research positions in both the private and public sector and has lectured in Sociology at the University of Limerick. Olivia also serves as Genio’s Data Protection and Compliance Officer.

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.

Catherine O'Leary
Researcher - Service Reform Fund (P/T)

Catherine joined Genio in 2018 as a researcher on the Service Reform Fund (SRF) Action Research Programme. Catherine began her career as a speech and language therapist, working in publicly and privately funded services in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand. Having experience of the challenges of service provision and a desire to affect system-level change, Catherine completed a MSc in Disability Studies in Trinity College Dublin in 2016. Her dissertation explored the accommodations available to support people with communications disabilities who participate in the Irish criminal justice system. In addition to accessible justice systems, Catherine's believes in the importance of advocacy, person-centred living and community participation.

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

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.

Marlena Malinowska
Finance Assistant

Marlena joined Genio in August 2018 as Finance Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer. Her role is to help ensure smooth day-to-day running of financial operations, in line with Genio's financial operating procedures, and to aid with general finance duties. Marlena comes from the corporate sector where she worked for 8 years in various finance positions in multinational environments, in companies such as Whirlpool, IBM and Heineken. She also has experience with a range of organisations in the community and voluntary sector, having worked in an MP’s office in Poland and in an antifascist non-profit organisation in Germany. Marlena holds an MA in European Studies from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland.

Louise Conlon
Programme Administrator

Louise joined Genio in 2019 as a programme administrator. 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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