GLEN now has seven staff, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and by the HSE and the National Office for Suicide Prevention.
Brian Sheehan - Director
Brian has been involved in LGBT equality and rights for almost 20 years. He worked previously with the GLEN initiative Gay HIV Strategies as Director from 1999 to 2000. He has had a significant involvement in lesbian and gay organisations including with Gay Switchboard Dublin; as Director of the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival for five years, as co-chair for 7 years of the National Lesbian and Gay Federation which oversees the publication of GCN and the Irish Queer Archives; and for five years as a Board member of GLEN prior to joining the staff. In November 2012 Brian was elected to the Board of ILGA-Europe who work for equality and human rights for LGBTI people at the European level.
Brian has a background in Banking and Technology and is a graduate of TCD and UCD. Prior to joining GLEN as executive Director, he worked as founding Director with Boardmatch Ireland.
Brian is an alumni of the Bohnett Victory Fellowship programme of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a graduate of the Common Purpose Matrix Programme.
Sandra Irwin-Gowran - Director of Education Policy Change
With GLEN since 2006, Sandra primarily works on issues relating to young lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in the education system but also on issues in relation to children being parented by same-sex couples. Her role involves strategic engagement and development of productive relationships with Government; politicians; senior civil and state agencies including the education statutory agencies; the media; all of the partners in education and other civil society organisations. Sandra was a member of the Department of Education's Anti-Bullying Working Group which published Ireland's first Action Plan on Bullying in 2013. Previous to this Sandra was with City of Dublin VEC for 10 years gathering a wide range of experience in roles such as national co-ordinator of the 2005 European Year of Citizenship through Education; project co-ordinator of Poverty, the Curriculum and Classroom Project and teaching at post-primary level.
Davin Roche - Director of Workplace Diversity & Community Development Policy
Davin has previously worked in education, social work, community development and national advocacy programming. Davin currently works to promote LGBT inclusion in the workplace with a wide range of employers, trade unions and LGBT employee groups. Davin also works to support the sustainable development of LGBT communities nationally and regionally. He is a graduate of Politics, Economics, Social Science, Youth and Community Work and Business from UCD, NUIM and the Open University.
Marie Hamilton - Administrator
Wide experience of working in the NGO sector. Marie has served on the Boards of the National Youth Council and the Travellers Resource Warehouse. She previously worked in a community development agency and before that in ECO-UNESCO.
Eoin Collins - Director of Policy Change
Eoin Collins is now Senior Evaluation Specialst in Actknowledge in New York and consults to GLEN. Eoin is an economist and social policy analyst. Prior to taking up his full-time role in GLEN in 2005 he was a director of Nexus Research, a Dublin based international research consultancy. He has worked extensively on policy issues relating to employment, regional development, diversity and social inclusion at local, national and EU level for the EU Commission, the Irish Government and a range of state and other agencies. He has been responsible for a considerable body of research work on lesbian and gay issues over the past 15 years and co-edited the book Lesbian and Gay Visions of Ireland which was launched by President Mary Robinson in 1996.
Tiernan Brady - Director Gay HIV Strategies
Tiernan has worked extensively across national and regional government, in particular in his role as Director of Organisation for Tanaiste Mary Coughlan TD and Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP, as an elected councillor in Donegal from 1999-2009, and as mayor. He has also served as an adviser to LASCO (The Latin American Street Children Organisation) on their HIV prevention and education projects in Lima, Peru.
Odhrán Allen - Director of Mental Health Policy
Odhrán has been working as Director of Mental Health Policy with GLEN since 2006. He is a qualified occupational therapist and is the current Chairperson of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI), is the Occupational Therapy representative on the Health and Social Care Professional Council (CORU) and is a member of the Occupational Therapists Registration Board. Prior to working with GLEN, Odhrán worked at a strategic level with the AOTI and practiced as a mental health occupational therapist. As part of his work in GLEN, he is a member of the National Office for Suicide Prevention 'Reach Out' Implementation Committee, the HSE National LGBT Health Advisory Committee and the HSE Transgender Health Committee.
Eimear O'Reilly - Diversity Champions Programme Officer
Eimear joined GLEN’s Diversity Champions workplace team in 2013. After completing her undergraduate degree in UCD, she moved to Germany and completed a postgraduate degree in European Politics and Cultural Studies at Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany. Eimear has previously worked for an Expert Network in Berlin, as a HR Assistant in BNY Mellon and has also completed internships at the Minority Rights Institute Bozen/Bolzano, Italy and at the Embassy of Ireland, Berlin, Germany.
Triona Brick - Social Media and Communications Manager
Triona joined GLEN in 2012, having graduated with an undergraduate degree in Communications Studies and Postgraduate degree in Film and Television Studies from DCU. Triona has been part of the social media and blogging community for years and previously worked as the media manager and presenter of the Freshly Squeezed International Student Film Festival in Dublin.'
Craig Dwyer - Policing & Community Safety Policy Development Officer
Craig joined GLEN in 2013, working on Policing and Community Safety Policy Development. He is a graduate of Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Limerick and has a master's in Criminology from Queens University Belfast. It was here he conducted research on the potential for using restorative justice to tackle homophobic hate crimes and incidents, advocating for a more proactive role for LGBT victims in the justice system. Craig has a strong interest in advocacy and social justice and is excited to be working with GLEN in their commitment to policy and strategic focus to deliver positive change for LGBT people in Ireland.