Fiona Descoteaux, CEO Innovate Communities

Fiona has 10 years’ senior executive experience in the non-profit, local development and social enterprise sectors in Ireland and the UK. A specialist in social innovation, Fiona has put her experience into launching Innovate Communities – an organisation that demonstrates the value of social innovation and design thinking to advance community development.

As CEO, she has a proven track record in building relationships for strategic and operational gain across a range of sectors: non-profit, private, statutory, academic, local and central government.

Fiona is skilled at developing engagement with target groups, successfully delivering programmes and accessing funding nationally and on a European platform, whilst adhering to corporate governance structures and best practice.

When she is not working, Fiona walks her cockapoo, Bella, rides her tractor lawnmower, and visits the odd spa. All are great stress relievers!

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Annabelle Conway, Social Innovation Manager

Annabelle is a skilled professional with extensive experience in the areas of innovation, change management, business development and human resources management.  Having worked across several sectors she has a comprehensive understanding of the many challenges involved in getting a business off the ground and the importance of creating new systems and processes for implementing innovations.

In addition to being involved in the strategic development of Innovate Communities, Annabelle manages the Social Innovation Hub.  She also uses her skills in partnership and collaboration to develop and implement social innovation programmes that help make positive changes in local communities. 

Annabelle believes in the power of social business and social investment to tackle society’s big issues and is passionate about empowering people and communities to achieve creative and transformative forms of impact.

A dedicated traveller, Annabelle is working her way around the world, continent by continent!

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 Anne Orrock, Finance & Administration Manager

Anne has worked in local development for several years and has managed the finance function for numerous large projects as well as several programmes funded by Pobal, Solas, Department of Social Protection and City of Dublin Youth Service Board.

As the Finance and Administration Manager of Innovate Dublin, Anne has the opportunity to combine her love of numbers with her desire to support social causes and her precision and experience are an asset to the staff and the board.

Outside of work, Anne likes to spend time with family and visit ‘off the beaten track’ places in Donegal, which remind her of her homeland, bonny Scotland!

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 Elaine McGauran, Community Project Manager

Elaine is an experienced HR expert across the Banking & Financial Services, Pharmaceutical and the Nonprofit sectors. Her managerial experience includes; Project Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Learning and Development, Strategic HR Planning, Change Management and Talent Management.

Elaine has a lifelong interest in social inclusion and a commitment to the wider community. Elaine joins us as our Community Project Manager. She will be managing our exciting new innovative mentoring project - INSPIRE in partnership with LinkedIn. Elaine will have responsibility for the plan, design, implementation and scaling of INSPIRE. 

Elaine is a Chartered Member of CIPD and has a Masters in Management and Innovation in Social Enterprise from DCU.

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Audrey Mac Cready, Information Officer

Audrey started her professional life as an archaeologist, working on the Viking site at Wood Quay in Dublin, amongst other sites. She then worked in the public library service, first in County Dublin, then in Fingal, finishing as an Executive Librarian before working for the European Commission in Brussels.

Her information management skills have designated her as the ‘go to’ person in Innovate Communities, particularly in the realm of EU funding. Audrey is really keen for Innovate Communities to open build its resources to provide access for local communities to benefit from the available EU funds, facilitating organisations to maintain and develop resources in their areas. 

Audrey likes to show up the team when she dabbles in French and Dutch with EU partners!

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