Meet Our Team


Aishling McGrath


Aishling holds a BA in Geography and Economics from NUIG and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Oxford. Aishling is a qualified teacher and has worked in the field of education since 2007. She worked as a post-primary school teacher in inner city London from 2007-2012, teaching geography and economics.

Aishling completed a MSc in Sustainability Science and Policy at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands in 2013 and has been working with WWGS since it was established. She believes that engaging young people with global justice issues, will help to empower them to become active global citizens for a more just and sustainable future.

Rita Walsh

Deputy Director

Rita has been working for over twelve years in international development and community development in Ireland and has worked directly with schools in the delivery of GCE. She holds an MA in the Sociology of Development and has worked with two international NGOs over the past decade, including working overseas in East Timor in a project delivery capacity. Rita has more recently worked with Self Help Africa in a project support capacity for overseas country programmes, including Ethiopia and Malawi.

Rita has extensive grant management experience having spent five years working with Pobal on the disbursement of grant funding to an extensive range of community and voluntary groups across Ireland.

  • Lisa Gallagher

    Grants and Operations Officer

    Lisa has a background working in Financial Services and holds a BA in Business Studies.  Lisa has a keen interest in Global Citizenship Education and the Development/ Education sectors. Lisa holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development from Maynooth University (formerly Kimmage). Lisa previously worked with Plan International Dublin in a Business Development role.  While there she visited programmes in Burkina Faso. She also visited Uganda as a volunteer in 2016. 

    Lisa believes engaging young people in local and global issues is critical.  Not only can this benefit themselves in becoming active global citizens, but this also benefits their communities and beyond.  Lisa would love to see Global Citizenship Education even more widely available to young people in Ireland.

  • Lizzy Noone

    Education Officer (East, based in Dublin)

    Lizzy has been working with schools on Global Citizenship Education and campaigning for over fifteen years. She represented Ireland on the European Development Education Forum for four years, and has been a member of the steering group of the Global Campaign for Education, Stop Climate Chaos and Act Now 2015 for many years.

    She has headed up three EU funded projects: Stop Child Labour 1 and 2, and Food Right Now. She has worked with Concern Debates and is the founder of the Concern Campaign Academy that engages students in GCE and campaigns. She believes that GCE can fit in to every subject area and would love to see the day when all young people in Ireland have access to Global Citizenship Education on a regular basis.

  • Laura Cahill

    Education Officer (South, based in cork)

    Laura holds a BA (hons) in Social Studies and an MSc in International Humanitarian Action and has been working in Global Citizenship Education since 2010. During this time Laura has coordinated a range of youth programmes both in Ireland and the Global South. She has a broad range of experience in project management including one year of working in The Gambia, West Africa coordinating a pilot ‘Youth Engagement and Participation’ project with the regional government and local partners.

    Laura has lot of experience working directly with young people, teachers and leaders to support them learning about and taking action on local to global justice issues. Laura believes that quality Global Citizenship Education has a vital role to play in empowering young people to become global agents for change, in order to challenge and transform inequality and injustice.

  • Aoife Rankin

    Education Officer (West, based in Galway)

    Aoife has over 12 years of teaching experience at post-primary level in Ireland. She holds a BA in International Marketing & Japanese from DCU and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from NUIG. Aoife is a fluent Irish speaker and completed an MA in Teaching Languages through the medium of Irish with NUIG in 2011. She is currently doing an MSc in Education Management & Training (through eLearning) with DCU.

    From her professional experience at post-primary level, Aoife considers Global Citizenship Education to be an invaluable area of learning in helping students build an awareness of global issues and nurture in them a deep interest, respect, and desire for positive change in our global community.

  • Sinéad Hayes


    Sinéad has an MA in International Development from Maynooth University. Her key focus of study were approaches to learning, sustainability and what drives people to make and create change. She has been working in education, management, public engagement and advocacy since 2015.

    Sinéad has vast experience in facilitation and training across sectors. She has worked with schools, businesses, community groups and volunteers to define shared goals and take collective and informed action. Sinéad believes that GCE is for everyone – its methodologies and interconnectedness greatly enhance learning across curricula and create critical and motivated thinkers.

  • Mary Byrne

    Database Administrator (BASED IN DUBLIN)

    Mary joined the WWGS team in 2020. Her responsibility as a database administrator for WWGS is to ensure the integrity of the WWGS database. She is involved in the planning and development of the database, as well as in troubleshooting any issues on behalf of the users. She works to ensure that data remains consistent across the database.

    Mary has vast experience in database administration.