Dóchas Staff are:
Suzanne Keatinge, Chief Executive Officer
Suzanne joined Dóchas in February 2016. She is an experienced senior international development practitioner with over fifteen years’ experience in the sector. Suzanne previously worked with Plan International Ireland as Head of Programmes. Prior to that she served as Trócaire’s Regional Manager for Asia, with a focus on governance, gender and humanitarian programming in Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, India and Pakistan.
She has also worked with the United Nations in Iran and Somalia. Suzanne holds a Master’s Degree in African Politics from SOAS University of London and a Master’s Degree in History from Cambridge University. She is married, with two children.
Anna Farrell, Finance and Operations Manager
Anna joined the organisation in May 1981 when it was known as The Confederation of Non-Governmental Development Organisations (CONGOOD). She was the only staff member from May 1982 to October 2002 and was responsible for overseeing the amalgamation of CONGOOD and the Irish National Assembly (an EC related forum of Irish NGOs concerned with development) to form Dóchas – the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations in 1993.
She has negotiated office leases and moved the organisation a total of 7 times down through the years from its first base in Ely Place to Kildare Street (1982-1986), Baggot Street (1986-1991), Herbert Street (1991-1992), Deerpark Road in Mount Merrion (1992-2003), Harcourt Street (2003-2011), Baggot Court (2011-2016) and Olympic House (from 1 July 2016).
Anna’s areas of responsibility include finance, office management and general administration. She attends and services meetings of the Dóchas Board, its sub-committees on Finance, Audit and Risk and on Governance and of the General Assembly. She is also Company Secretary.
She is fiercely loyal to and protective of Dóchas’ members as well as of the organisation itself. She is a passionate advocate of justice and equality, responds positively to requests for help and is extremely supportive and encouraging of the Dóchas team.
Anna is very family orientated and likes reading and walking and is known to avoid cooking at all costs!
Louise Finan, Head of Programme and Policy
Louise left the bright lights of London in September 2016 to come home to Ireland and join Dóchas as Head of Programmes and Policy.
She holds a BA in European Studies and a Graduate Diploma in International Development Practice and is currently working towards an MA. She has worked in a variety of humanitarian and conflict contexts, as well as in developing countries in places such as the Horn of Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and the Middle East.
Louise is passionate about social justice, equality and human rights. She is also passionate about cheese, shouting at the telly, and cake.
Aideen Blackwood, Communications Officer
Aideen joined Dóchas in September 2016. She graduated with an MA in Public and Political Communication from DCU in 2010 and has worked with such varied organisations as Permanent TSB, Peter McVerry Trust and the Labour Party, where she worked for former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. She is new to the international development sector but has a long history of fighting for issues of social justice and equality.
Aideen believes passionately in the importance of liking things and can often be found caring loudly about stuff like the television show Parks and Recreation, the musical Hamilton and the iconic pop album Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Jean O'Brien, Head of Membership Engagement