SWAN Staff

SWAN Coordinator – Sinéad O’Brien

Sinéad O’Brien has been leading SWAN’s work for over 16 years, she has a degree in Zoology from University College Cork and is a passionate advocate for the water environment. Sinéad oversees all of SWAN’s work, represents SWAN on a number of public bodies and leads SWAN’s policy work related to River Basin Management Planning and the EU Water Framework Directive.

SWAN Policy Officer – Ellen MacMahon

Ellen MacMahon joined SWAN in December 2020. She has a BA in English & Geography and a MSc in Marine and Coastal Environments from NUI Galway. Prior to joining SWAN she worked in marine policy research, the NGO sector and central government in Ireland, the UK and New Zealand. Ellen leads SWAN’s marine policy and flood policy work.

SWAN Administrative & Network Support Officer – Suzanne McCabe

Suzanne McCabe joined SWAN in 2018. She has a BA in Business Studies (Marketing) and a Post Grad and Masters in Psychoanalysis. Prior to joining SWAN, Suzanne worked as an administrator, book-keeper and secretary; she is also skilled in volunteer management, fundraising and community engagement. Suzanne manages all of SWAN’s administrative work and is the first point of contact for SWAN members.

SWAN Communications Officer – Antóin McDermott

Antóin McDermott joined SWAN in 2021. He has a BA in English and Sociology, a MSc in Sustainable Development and a MA in Digital Media Technologies. Prior to joining SWAN, Antóin worked in various communication, digital, and design roles in environmental education, politics, the NGO sector and financial services. Antóin leads SWAN’s communication, media, PR, digital, campaign and design work.