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 2020, Kids’ Own will be committed to achieving full compliance with the new Charities Governance Code, published by the Charities Regulator in November 2018.

Board members

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.


Michael Kirby

Michael has almost three decades experience working in the private sector in the U.S., England, and Ireland and, since 2001, is a Partner of business and management consultancy firm Meehan Tully & Associates Ltd. He holds a B.A. from Villanova University, a M.A. in International Relations from St. John’s University, New York, and a MBA from Trinity College Dublin. Michael has extensive professional experience of the not-for-profit sector and is actively involved in a number of organisations in a voluntary capacity.

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.