National Management Team is made up of the following:
Albert is Chief Executive Officer of Respond Support. Albert has held a variety of roles in the statutory, voluntary and community sector since 1993. He holds an M.A. in Management (Community and Voluntary Sector) from Dublin City University (DCU), a B.A. in Social Science (Care) from Dublin Institute of Technology and Certificate in Youth and Community Work from NUI. He has previously worked as National Manager of Specialist Services and as National Hostels and Homes Coordinator with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP); Regional Programme Coordinator with Extern Ireland; Manager of Children’s Residential Services with the HSE, and Project Manager of Tallaght Homeless Advice Unit. He is the author of a number of reports, including “Think Twice: Homelessness in Blanchardstown (2000)”, and “Youth Homelessness in Clondalkin: A community Perspective (Forum on Youth Homelessness & Clondalkin Partnership, 1999)”. He was a Level 1 award winner with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (2009), for developmental work in the area of Reminiscence Work with older people and communities in Ireland. Albert was a member of the Irish Council for Social Housing Special Needs sub-committee from 2010-2016.
He is currently chairperson of Coill Dubh National School, Co. Kildare, and has previously held a number of Board Roles with Tallaght Youth Information Centre and Bright Sparks Childcare committee, Allenwood and has been a director of Tallaght Homeless Advice unit and Tallaght Citizen Information Centre.
Tom Power- Company Secretary
Tom has worked with Respond! since 1997. He previously worked in London with the Charity Commission for ten years. He holds a degree in Housing and Community Studies. He also sits on the Board of Waterford Area Partnership. Tom is currently part of the management team within Respond (Support).
David Parslow- National Manager for Family Support and Specialist Services.
David holds honours degrees in Arts and in Applied Social Studies as well as diplomas in Education and Addiction Studies. Prior to joining the company in 2011, David worked in Community Development, in the Education Sector and in the Health Service Executive (HSE). While working in the community sector with the Gort Family Resource Centre, he was instrumental in establishing Gort Men’s Shed. He has been Coordinator of Youthreach with the Education & Training Board (ETB), and Community Liaison Officer with the Western Region Drugs Task Force, and has been published in the Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies. His role includes responsibility for the organizations Family Support Strategy, and its implementation, and oversight of the company’s Child Welfare & Protection, and the development and delivery of Specialist Services nationally.
Lisa O’Rourke-National Manager for Early Years Education
Lisa holds a BA in Applied Social Studies and a Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care and has extensive experience in the areas of community-based early education, family support and child welfare and protection. She is passionate about quality service design and her focus is on advocating for the continuous improvement of all aspects of practice, systems and culture, while ensuring that children’s rights remain at the core of all policy and practice in early education. Lisa joined Respond Support in 2005 as Regional Family Support and Childcare Coordinator.
Bonnie O’Sullivan-National Manager of Human Resources.
Bonnie holds an honours degree in Human Resource Management from Waterford Institute of Technology and has been working in Human Resources for the last 17 years. Prior to joining the company in 2013 Bonnie worked in a variety of HR and consultancy roles across the pharmaceutical, multinational and food sectors. She believes strongly that our staff are the key to the success of Respond Support in providing effective quality services and delivering successful outcomes.
John Hayes- National Finance Manager.
John is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds an Honours Business Degree in Accounting and has many years professional experience across a number of industries as an accounts coordinator, Senior Finance Officer, Financial Accountant and more recently as Management Accountant to IT provider Datapac. John has overall responsibility for the organisations financial administration and management.