ShoutOut is made up of an Executive Team which is overseen by the Board of Directors.
Bella Fitzpatrick (Executive director)
Bella is returning to the role of Executive director following a 6 month SABBATICAL in new york where she worked as a research and advocate at outright action international. bella volunteered with shoutout for many years before coming it’s first ever member of staff. she is passionate about housing equality, knitting and education.
Ed o'brien hogan
Ed is the corporate liaison officer with ShoutOut. Ed works with Bella on creating workshop content for workplaces which will help instill an LGBTQ+ friendly environment. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Ed is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to supporting people outside the community to become active allies. Get in touch with Ed if you’d like a workshop in your workplace.
Spencer is part of ShoutOut's Executive Committee. He is a final year French and Drama student in Trinity College Dublin. Spencer has volunteered with ShoutOut since 2016 and since then has travelled the length and breadth of Ireland delivering workshops all the way from Galway, Limerick and Tipperary to Wicklow, Cavan and Offaly. Having delivered over 50 workshops to students ranging from 1st to 6th year, Spencer now trains new volunteers so that they are ready to educate Ireland's teens on what it's like to be queer in our country today.
Brian is a recent graduate of Gender, Globalisation and Rights from NUI Galway, during which he researched the intersectional oppression experienced by queer residents of Direct Provision. He has worked with a number of NGOs in Ireland, including the Irish Family Planning Association and Amnesty International. He is passionate about improving the lives of the LGBTQIA+ community and has been volunteering with ShoutOut since 2013.
The Board of Directors:
Declan Meehan (Chairperson, board of directors)
Declan has been involved with ShoutOut since its beginning in 2012, when ShoutOut first ran a pilot scheme in just 10 schools in Dublin. Over the past 5 years he has worked in various roles with the organisation, most recently establishing ShoutOut as an all-Ireland organisation by bringing ShoutOut workshops to Northern Ireland through a partnership with Cara-Friend, of which Declan is Deputy Director. Declan is also the Vice-Chair of the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum, as well as a committee member of the campaign for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, Love Equality.
Sen. Jerry Buttimer
Jerry Buttimer was elected to Dáil Éireann in February, 2011. Senator Buttimer previously served as a Senator, having been elected in July 2007, and was a member of Cork City Council from 2004 to 2007. Deputy Buttimer was appointed as Chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children in July 2011. He was elected to the 25th Seanad Éireann in April 2016 where he was appointed Leader of Seanad Eireann (Senate) by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. He is also a member of the Fine Gael Executive Council and the OSCE parliamentary assembly. He is an unwavering advocate for equality and social justice and founding chairman of Fine Gael’s LGBT Group. Jerry was one of the leading campaigners for a yes in the Marriage Equality campaign in Ireland and was one of the Directors of Election of Fine Gael, the main governing party in Ireland.
In 2013, Paul started out as a ShoutOut volunteer who wanted to make school a friendly place for LGBTQ+ young people and he hasn't looked back since. Originally from Dublin, Paul is currently living in London while pursuing a PhD in Criminology at the London School of Economics. Paul's research is focussed on the experiences of Trans people in the criminal justice system. Paul is a graduate Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford. In his spare time he is a politics nerd, a theatre lover and a horror film buff.
Conor is a Director at Houston Solutions Ltd and has provided trusted strategic advice to senior leaders across business, government, the third sector and entertainment industry. He is Head of Engagement for Digital DNA - the largest tech & digital conference in NI - he spearheads heir ‘Digital Futures’ programme. Conor is Governor of The Irish Times Trust and current Chair of The Ireland Fund Young Leaders Belfast. Previously, as a solicitor advocate he represented clients to the Supreme Court of both the UK and Ireland and was involved in many high profile and pioneering cases.
Aifric Ní Chríodáin (Development manager)
Aifric is a feminist, LGBTQia+ activist and northsider with a grá for cycling and great food. She’s been working with ShoutOut since 2013 as a volunteer and occasional designer - from the logo to the volunteer manual used today! GET IN TOUCH WITH AIFRIC IF YOU’D LIKE A WORKSHOP FOR YOUR STAFF OR COMPANY.
Clara is the volunteer welfare officer at ShoutOut. She's also a third year economics and Spanish student at Trinity COLLEGE DUBLIN. Passionate about social justice and youth rights, clara is the perfect person to make sure our hardworking volunteers are happy. Clara is keen to make sure that you get everything you can out of volunteering with us. Let her know if there's anything you need - be it information on how to get your lunch money from us, additional training/support, or even just a good night out with fellow ShoutOut volunteers! contact clara if you're interested in volunteering with shoutout.
Ralph hurley o'dwyer
Ralph is a doctor currently completing his intern year. Ralph has been volunteering with ShoutOut for several years and is also an activist working on LGBT related health issues. Ralph is in charge of developing new ways ShoutOut can help LGBTQ+ people. Ralph developed the ShoutOut training manual in Irish, so we can deliver workshops as gaelige. Get in touch with Ralph if you’d like to set up a ShoutOut hub in your town.
Lisa Nic an bhreithimh
Lisa is Communications and Campaigns Manager of European Movement Ireland, a not-for-profit NGO that works to strengthen the relationship between Ireland, the E.U. and its other member states. She started volunteering with Shoutout in 2018 and doing a workshop is one of her favourite things to do. In 2015 she campaigned heavily with Tá Comhionannas, the Irish language branch of the Yes Equality campaign and is a keen activist having been involved in many other social and political campaigns to date.
Anna is a sex education researcher and expert. Since completing her MA in Sexuality Studies, Anna has become a strong ally for all things LGBTQ+. She is trained by Foroige, the Irish Family Planning Association and HIV Ireland to deliver workshops, talks and presentations on all aspects of Relationships and Sexuality Education and has run her "Queer Sex Ed" workshop at Pink Training and many other queer focused events. She became a board member in the Summer of 2017.
Eoin O'Liathán (Founder)
Eoin is the founder of ShoutOut. He came up with the idea for ShoutOut based on what he wanted to see in the schooling system. He works on fundraising, communications and strategy. Eoin works for Dropbox where he is a sales manager and was previously United Nations Youth Ambassador to Ireland.
Clare first became a ShoutOut volunteer in 2013, and quickly caught the ShoutOut bug! Since then she has helped to facilitate dozens of student workshops, corporate workshops and volunteer trainings. She served as Dublin Volunteer coordinator for 2015/2016 school year and became a Director of the organisation in September 2016. She is currently studying for a Masters in World Literature at the University of Oxford, and when not reading, enjoys a good podcast, a strong cup of tea and the odd cycle