Professor Connie Flanagan
Connie Flanagan, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of Teenage Citizens: The political theories of the young (2013, Harvard University Press). She is the recipient of the 2012 Research Prize from the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University and of an honorary doctorate in Humanities and Social Sciences from ÷rebro University in Sweden.
Professor Anne Power
Anne Power has been involved in European and American housing and urban problems since 1965. She is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. She is author of many books, reports and articles on housing, cities and low-income communities.
Mr. Andy Lloyd
Andy Lloyd is the Head of Workforce Development at Leeds Childrenís Services. He is a qualified social worker and spent 20 years working in statutory and third sector organisations including managing a Family Support charity for 7 years. Prior to his current job, Andy held academic positions at two of the three Universities in Leeds.
Dr. Bernadine Brady
Bernadine Brady is a Lecturer and Researcher with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI, Galway. Bernadine has been lead researcher on a range of studies for Forůige in recent years, including their Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) youth mentoring and Youth Citizenship programmes. Her recent publications and conference presentations are in the areas of youth mentoring, family support, evaluation and civic engagement.
Dr. Carmel Devaney
Carmel Devaney is a Lecturer and Course Director of the Master Degree in Family Support Studies in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI, Galway. Carmel is lead researcher on a number of practice based projects for the HSE and has designed and delivered a number of Family Support training initiatives for managers and practitioners. Carmel has also worked for many years in children and family services as both a practitioner and manager. Carmelís recent publications and conference presentations are in the area of Family Support, child welfare and protection, and wellbeing.
Professor Mark Brennan
Mark Brennan is the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at the Pennsylvania State University. His research, teaching, writing, and program development concentrates on the role of community and leadership development in the community, youth, and rural development process.
Ms. Gerison Lansdown
Gerison Lansdown has published and lectured widely on the subject of childrenís rights. She was actively involved in the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is an Honorary Fellow of UNICEF-UK, an associate of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development in Victoria, co-director of CRED-PRO, an international initiative to develop child rights education for professionals working with children, and Chair of the Child-to-Child Trust.
Ms. Norah Gibbons
Norah Gibbons is a Social Worker, Practitioner and Manager in both statutory and NGO sectors. She has recently retired as Director of Advocacy with Barnardos, Ireland. Norah chaired the Confidential Committee of Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse between 2000 and 2005, chaired the Roscommon Child Abuse Inquiry in 2009 and co-chaired the Child Deaths Inquiry with Dr. Geoffrey Shannon between 2011 and 2012. She was director of Advocacy Barnardos between 2005 and 2012 and is currently a Member of Historical Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland.
GUEST SPEAKER - Kenneth Egan
Kenneth Egan is Irelandís most decorated amateur boxer. He is 10 times National Champion, Olympic Silver medallist (Beijing, 2008) and has been inducted into the Irish Amateur Boxing Associationís Hall of Fame. Kenneth will speak on the commitment and dedication required to excel in sport and also on his life experiences (from a young age starting out in boxing through to adulthood) and how the support he received from family, friends and others has helped him to deal with challenges and difficulties that came his way.