Practice Artist Day | Professional Development | Kids' own Publishing Partnership

Kids’ Own is a registered charity and strives to maintain the highest standards of governance and transparency, guided by strong policies and procedures and reporting to our funders and stakeholders in accordance with legal and best practice requirements.

Kids’ Own is governed by a board of directors who meet on a quarterly basis.

The board is fully committed to Kids’ Own’s ongoing compliance with charity regulations and is proud of its commitment to the Governance Code (A Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland). In 2019, Kids’ Own will be committed to achieving full compliance with the new Charities Governance Code, published by the Charities Regulator in November 2018.

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


Irene Lawlor

Irene has been Communications Manager at GSK since November 2016. Previously, she was Communications Manager at Barnardos, Ireland and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, New Media Specialist with O2 Ireland, and Instructional Designer with Riverdeep.

Mark O’Brien

Mark is Director of axis, Ballymun, an organisation at the heart of Ballymun on the northside of Dublin. Axis is an arts centre, production company, arts development organisation & resource centre. Mark also practices as a theatre director. Credits include: Feast or Famine by Sinead Moriarty as part of 24 hour plays at the Abbey Theatre. For axis, ‘Bang Bang’, ‘Tea Chests and Dreams’ and ‘The Parting Glass’ by Dermot Bolger (touring nationally and Internationally), ‘Glimmer’ by Joe Flavin, ‘Stór’ by Ciaran Taylor, ‘The Good Father’ by Christian O’ Reilly, ‘Cleaners’ by Colm Maher, ‘Waiting for Elvis’ by Eileen Gibbons,  Other work include ‘Shorts’ (Fishamble), ‘Jack Fell down’, (Team) ‘The Welcome’ (Druid), ‘Pass the Parcel’ (The Ark), ‘Sparkleshark’ (Draiocht), ‘Hype’ (Broke Theatre Co.),‘The Oresteia’ (Galloping Cat), ‘A Soldiers Tale’ (Co-Opera). Mark also practices as a composer/sound designer and has facilitated theatre workshops nationally and internationally.

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.