Meet the team
A.S.S.C. is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. The trustees have a responsibility to support and oversee the management, staff and volunteers involved in the charity. They also ensure that the organisation meets its legal obligations and that its finances are properly managed. A.S.S.C. is registered with both the Charities Regulatory Authority and the Companies Registration Office.
The day-to-day management of A.S.S.C is carried by two directors.
Advocacy, Support & Accompaniment is provided by A.S.S.C.’s highly trained and dedicated volunteers.
Ms. Eve Farrelly
Eve is one of the founding members of A.S.S.C and serves as Chairperson on its Board of Management. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology (DBS), a Masters in Criminology (DIT) and a Masters in Management (Michael Smurfit Business School). Eve has also achieved academic Diplomas in Strategic Business Management (IBAT) and Data Protection Law (Honourable Society of Kings Inn’s).
Eve has 10 years’ experience working with victims of crime in the field of Child Sexual Abuse. She has particular expertise in the area of child victims as witnesses for the State in criminal trials. She spent five years in Complaints and Investigations at the Ombudsman for Children’ Office; examining complaints and overseeing governance standards in line with legal and policy-based frameworks. She served as Lead Facilitator Coordinator for OCD Ireland which ran support groups for people living with OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Trichotillomania. She has volunteered as a facilitator working directly with prisoners through the AVP Project. A project that runs workshops in conflict resolution and restorative practices with prisoners. She has spent the last year as an Inspector with the Office of Inspector of Prisons conducting inspections of Irish prisons against Human Rights standards, before taking up position as a High Court Registrar with The Courts Service.
Ms. Gillian Mc Namee’
Gillian is from Galway and is the Company Secretary for A.S.S.C. She previously volunteered as a Forensic Accompaniment Worker in the Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Unit in Galway for 2.5 years. She has a Masters in Child & Youth Care (Athlone Institute of Technology), Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies & Social Care (Athlone Institute of Technology), Diploma in Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (University College Cork), Certificate in Autism Studies (University College Cork) and Trauma Informed Care (Quality Matters).
She has over 17 years of experience directly working with, leading and managing services that support individuals with Intellectual Disability, Acquired Brain Injury, Forensic Issues, Autism, Mental Health needs, Dual Diagnoses & Complex Needs. Gillian has a particular interest in the experiences of people with disabilities in the Criminal Justice System and is a strong advocate for the provision of appropriate systems and strategies to support those people and has had her paper published in the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies: “Supports for Offenders with Learning Disabilities in the Irish Judicial System: A Critical Review”. She was invited to Prague to deliver workshops and seminars raising awareness on disability, autism, child sexual abuse and the criminal justice system. Gillian is also a Guest Lecturer in University College Cork on their Psychology of Criminal Behaviour course.
Ms. Fiona Kenny
Fiona is a solicitor, qualified to practice in Ireland, England and Wales. She graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Civil Law (Hons). Fiona also achieved a Diploma in French Law from the Université de Nancy 2 in France and a Diploma in Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland.
Fiona has over ten years’ legal experience; having worked in a large Dublin law firm, in a London law firm, and in a the legal department of a global financial services firm. Her areas of expertise include corporate transactions, corporate governance and commercial/ contract law.
Fiona serves on the Board of Management of ASSC as legal trustee, advising on legal and governance matters.
Mr. Michael Lynch
Justice & Child Protection Trustee
Michael Lynch is currently Safeguarding Manager at Scouting Ireland. He is a retired Detective Inspector who served at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau from 2006 to 2020.
Throughout his career at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, Michael managed four Garda national units: the Sexual Crime Management Unit; the Sex Offender Management and Intelligence Unit; the Online Child Exploitation Unit; and the Garda National Child Protection Unit.
Michael holds a B.A. (Humanities), majoring in Psychology, from NUI Maynooth and a M.Sc. in Child Protection and Welfare from Trinity College Dublin.
Michael was the Garda Lead on the HSE’s interagency Sexual Assault Response Team, the Inter-departmental Group for Development of Cross-agency Child Sexual Abuse Services (Barnahus) and the Inter-departmental Group for the Implementation of Children First.
He has been a member of:
- Interpol Specialist Group on Crimes Against Children
- Europol National Experts group on Combating the Sexual Exploitation of Children on the Internet
- COSPOL Internet Related Child Abuse Material Project (CIRCAMP)
and has been a consultant/trainer to the European Commission, Council of Europe, European Academy of Law and the United Nations regarding child protection and Sexual Exploitation & Abuse.
Michael has been involved in drafting a number of policy/guideline documents and reports in Ireland, including:
- Garda Síochána Policy on Domestic Violence Intervention (2007);
- Garda Síochána Policy in the Investigation of Sexual Crime, Crimes Against Children and Child Welfare (2010/2013);
- Children First (interagency working) Protocol between An Garda Síochána and the Child and Family Agency (2017);
- Recent Rape/Sexual Assault: National Guidelines on Referral and Forensic Clinical Examination, 2nd (2010), 3rd (2014) & 4th (2018) Editions;
- RCNI Hearing Every Voice – Towards A New Strategy on Vulnerable Witnesses in Legal Proceedings (2018).
- Review of Protections for Vulnerable Witnesses in the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Offences (O’Malley).
Ms. Sheila Gallagher
Sheila is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland and has a Bachelor of Business Studies from DCU. She has over 20 years’ experience in financial management, strategy, organizational change, corporate governance, compliance and controls.
Sheila is currently employed as Chief Financial Officer for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland where she has responsibility for strategic and financial planning, business development, treasury management, compliance and regulation. She is also responsible for the HR function and has a broad knowledge of employment law. Sheila has previously served as Finance Director in RTÉ and has vast experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Sheila serves on the Board of Management of ASSC as Financial trustee advising on best practices in financial reporting and controls, compliance and regulatory matters. She will also have oversight of finances and cashflow to advise the Board on budget planning and management.
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Ms. Lynette Bradshaw
Ms. Grace Jordan
Director of Services
We would not be able to provide our essential services without our committed volunteers.
A big shout out to you. Thank you.
We run approximately two recruitment drives for volunteers a year. If you are interested in exploring our volunteer opportunities, please contact our Director of Services at email@example.com
A.S.S.C. has approximately seventy volunteers working nationwide.
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“Volunteering as a child accompaniment volunteer is personally a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, you feel your role is valued by the families and children attending the service as they navigate the forensic interview and forensic interview & medical examination. You can offer some clarity, support or just to be a listening ear to parents or play & distract the child while they attend the appointment. It is good to give something back to society and know that it is valued and appreciated”
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“As a volunteer I have been hugely impressed by the dedication, caring, and genuine concern for children’s welfare of all the A.S.S.C. team and volunteers. Not only are the team extremely professional but there’s a vocational kind of commitment in the work they do to support young people. I could not imagine negotiating the justice system as a child without the support of an organisation like A.S.S.C”