Meet the SERVE Team

We are a small team of dedicated and committed professionals, who are here to help make a difference. Please feel free to contact any of us or call the office to talk directly +353(0)21 435 8800 Ext. 204.

Gerry O’Connor

Gerry O’Connor

Chairperson, Board of Directors

Chairperson of the Board of SERVE.
Member of the Redemptorist Congregation.

Gerry completed assignments working with GOAL in Sudan, Angola, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Worked in the state of Piaui, in the northeast of Brazil with the Redemporists between 1995-1997. Former member of the Advisory Board to Irish Aid. Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2009

After which Gerry become Chairperson of Saint Ultans education and childcare project in Cherry Orchard, Dublin. Director of the Regeneration Board for Cherry Orchard, Dublin 10. Faculty member of the Youth Studies Ministry Programme. Actively involved in parish work and community development work in Cherry Orchard, Dublin 10

Board member of Aidlink. SERVE leader to Brazil, the Philippines, South Africa and Mozambique.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Development Programme Manager, Cork

John is responsible for the management of the SERVE Development Programmes ((SDP) and a 3 year Irish Aid programme with Young Africa Zimbabwe and Mozambique, focused on building their ability to offer holistic training to young people. He also works with Young Africa to expand their model in southern Africa.
John also manages the following Development Programmes;
Mavambo Trust project for Dublin Province of Redemptorists in Zimbabwe
APD Disability Awareness Programme in India
The Tapologo HIV/AIDS Programme for Dublin Province of Redemptorists in South Africa
The Tsholofelo Community Skills Programme for the De La Salle Brothers in South Africa

Liaising with SERVE’s partners on funding, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and strategic planning issues.

Undertakes monitoring and planning visits to partners in India, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

MA in International Relations, University College Cork, 2005

SERVE Volunteer Programme leader in India from 2009 to 2012.

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Siobhán Hughes

Siobhán Hughes

Development Education and Communications Officer, Cork

Siobhán is responsible for developing and implementing SERVE’s communications strategy. Involved in the recruitment and training process for SERVE’s Overseas Volunteer Programme. Design and Management of SERVE’s Development Education Programmes.

Siobhán is a member of Comhlamh’s Development Education and Volunteering Working Group and the Global Citizen Award Standards and Conferring Committee.

Masters of Public Health, University College Cork (UCC), 2013

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in International Development and Food Policy, UCC 2012

Volunteer experience in India, Haiti, Ethiopia, El Salvador, South Africa, the Philippines, and Mozambique.

Contact Siobhán:

Fiachra Brennan

Fiachra Brennan

Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator, Cork

Fiachra is responsible for developing and implementing SERVE’s volunteering options, including the flagship SERVE volunteer programme, school immersion programmes, and SERVE@Home groups. Fiachra is also responsible for fundraising events and initiatives such as Run-a-Muck, the 4 Peaks Challenge, and the Flip Flop Appeal.

Fiachra is a member of the steering committee for the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice, promoting responsible and ethical overseas volunteering.

BA in Business and Politics, Trinity College Dublin.

Volunteer experience in South Africa, Mozambique, the Philippines, Vietnam, Zambia, and India.

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Paula Quigley

Paula Quigley

Programmes and Administration Manager, Cork

Paula is responsible for ensuring the future development and sustainability of the SERVE volunteer and immersion programmes. She oversees the successful running of fundraising events and future initiatives. She also ensures that legislative requirements are met and best practices and procedures are in place to ensure maximum efficiency and transparency for key stakeholders and the public. Responsible for the general management and ensuring the day to day running of the office in Cork including line management, finances, and reporting.

SERVE Garda Vetting Liasion Officer
SERVE Data Protection Officer
SERVE Child Safeguarding Officer
Member of the Dochas Safeguarding Working Group and Comhlamhs’ Code of Good Practice Network.

Experience in Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, and the Philippines.

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Julia Haimlinger

Julia Haimlinger

Regional Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Harare, Zimbabwe

Julia is SERVE’s Regional Monitoring & Evaluation Officer based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Her role entails supporting the implementation of SERVE’s SDP 2018 - 2021 in Zimbabwe & Mozambique, as well as coordinating the volunteer programmes in Southern Africa and engaging with other SERVE partners in Zimbabwe, especially Mavambo Trust.

She is based at the offices of SERVE’s long term partner Young Africa, undertaking their M&E work and supporting them in areas of project proposal writing and reporting.

Julia holds an MA in International Development from Kimmage Development Studies Centre (now the Department of International Development, Maynooth University) and a BA in Education.

Experience in India, Tanzania, Zimbabwe & Mozambique.

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Darren Hennelly

Darren Hennelly

SERVE Development Officer, Mazabuka, Zambia

Darren is SERVE’s Development Officer and long-term volunteer, based in Mazabuka, Zambia since January 2020.

Darren‘s role is focused on supporting the ambitious plans of SERVE’s partner, the Assumption Parish in Mazabuka. He lives and works in the Assumption Parish Youth Centre and Community House. He is developing our goal of creating a vibrant youth centre, with a calendar of events, focused on youth leadership training, skills training, TVET, mentoring, and activities that promote youth wellbeing.

Integral to the role, Darren is also involved in the planning, networking and co-implementation of SERVE immersion and volunteering programmes to Zambia. Darren is also assisting SERVE in supporting other development projects within the Assumption Parish.

Darren has a BA Honours in Applied Social Care and a Certificate in Youth Work Practice.

Darren was first involved with SERVE as part of the 2014 India Volunteer Programme. Darren has also volunteered in Ireland as an underage GAA coach, a Foróige Big Brother mentor and a member of the Lions Club in Claremorris and District.

Contact Darren:

Constantin Becker

Constantin Becker

Long Term Volunteer (Ireland)

Constantin is volunteering with SERVE for one year, supporting our fundraising, volunteering and administration work.

Constantin, originally from Bonn, Germany, is spending the year in Ireland to volunteer. When he completes his volunteer year, he would like to study Media and Cultural Studies in Dusseldorf.

We are delighted to have Constantin supporting the team for 2020/2021.

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