Naomi Feely

Naomi Feely is an experienced social researcher and policy analyst with over 15 years experience working in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors in Ireland. She has carried out research in the areas of early childhood care and education, low income families, income adequacy, childhood disadvantage and ageing. She has worked for leading not-for-profit organisations such as Age Action, Barnardos and Start Strong. Naomi has a strong interest in philanthropy and is finalising her doctoral thesis on this topic. Naomi holds a BA in Public Administration, an MA in Sociology and a second MA in Political and Public Communications.

Maria Corbett

Maria Corbett has twenty years’ experience as a children’s rights advocate, policy analyst and researcher. Maria is currently a doctoral researcher with the School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway researching best practice internationally in child protection proceedings. From 2001 to 2016, Maria led the legal and policy work of the Children’s Rights Alliance which unites over 100 members working together to promote and protect the rights of children and young people in Ireland. She also served as the organisation’s Deputy Chief Executive from 2005 to 2016. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ark Cultural Centre, Dublin and the Child Care Law Reporting Project.

Jennifer Hennessy

Jennifer is Regional Manager for the Dublin and East Region at Clann Credo, Ireland’s largest Social Finance Provider. Jennifer has a background in finance and banking. In her role with Clann Credo she has worked with hundreds of non-profit organisations including many Arts Organisations.

Jennifer has a keen interest in Art and recently received a Diploma in Art and Design from NCAD, she has her own Art practice and is part of an Artists Collective called Artists L9


Carmel Brennan

Dr. Carmel Brennan recently retired as Head of Training and Practice with Early Childhood Ireland, where she had responsibility for the organisation’s work in developing curriculum, improving practice and supporting services to work with the national frameworks. She now works as a part time lecturer in Maynooth University on the degree and masters in early childhood education programmes. Her research interests are in the areas of curriculum and particularly children’s play – the subject of her PhD thesis. More recently, she focusses on children’s co-construction of stories through play and the relationship between play and artistic enquiry in children’s lives.