About Us

About Us

Uplift is a people powered campaigning community of over 340,000 people who take coordinated action for progressive change across Ireland. 

We are a self-supporting independent organisation. We believe that when we work together towards a common goal we can create a better society.

We know that people are not apathetic but desire engagement in our democracy. People want to have a say in decisions that determine the type of society that we live in. By connecting with each other we will help to create a stronger, more powerful voice and have much broader impact.

Campaigns are informed by our shared values; to promote social justice, to defend fairness, protect our rights, preserve the planet and to deepen democracy. Using digital tools and a variety of campaigning strategies, our members participate and take action to advance Uplift campaigns.

Uplift is run by a small team of volunteers and staff experienced in social justice campaigning. The Board of Directors advises and supports the core team.

Uplift is completely independent and not aligned to any political or corporate interests.

People

Staff Team

Siobhan O’Donoghue

Executive Director

Siobhán is a community worker and social justice activist for many years. Her experience ranges from community and youth work, to national policy advocacy and campaigning. She has a particular interest in economic justice, women’s equality, anti-racism, and workers rights. From 2002 to 2014, Siobhán was the Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. In 2012, Siobhán completed an M.A. in Applied Social Studies in NUI Maynooth. Prior to qualifying as a community and youth worker, she trained to be a nurse. In 2010 she was awarded the Captain Cathal Ryan Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship.

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Julie Connelly

Director of Operations

Julie joined the team in September 2021 as Director of Operations. Julie works closely with Siobhán (Uplift's Executive Director) and is responsible for the overall operations of our people-powered community or as we like to say ‘running the shop’.

Julie has almost 15 years experience in leadership roles across the public and nonprofit sectors. She has worked in Cork Volunteer Centre, Citizens Information, and University College Cork where her passion for equality, inclusion and social justice were always to the fore. Julie holds an advocacy qualification from Technological University Dublin.

Julie received funding from the Irish Research Council for her doctoral research on public sector management and organisational culture. She has an MComm in Government and Public Policy and a B.A in History, Politics and Social Studies. Her research interests include gender equality and civic engagement. In her spare time she loves trying new food, walking, cinema, yoga and reading.

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Alex Barton

Operations and Admin Coordinator

Alex joined the Uplift team after having volunteered on the Member Support Team for a number of years. Alex is a mother of three and her background is in digital marketing, PR and event management. Alex grew up in Kenya where she was involved in NGO work in healthcare and education. Since living in Ireland Alex has campaigned for the provision of services and medication for people with Cystic Fibrosis as well as Repeal the 8th campaign.

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Frances McMullin

Technology Director

Frances joined the Uplift team as a tech campaigner in April 2018. With over 5 years experience in the software industry, she understands the potential to connect and amplify activists. Frances' main areas of focus are climate change and the environment.
Frances brings skills in software development, facilitation and decentralized organizing to the team, along with an ability to juggle and a love for cycling.

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Team member

Michelle Byrne

Campaigner

Michelle is a campaigner and organiser. She is a committed activist in lots of campaign areas including workers’ rights, housing, anti-racism, education and climate action. Previously she worked with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and served two years on the board of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI). Michelle studied both design and digital marketing in Waterford IT and is currently completing the ICTU/SIPTU Trade Union Studies course part-time. In her spare time she loves going for a little dance, enjoying art and spending too much time on twitter.

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Nicola Browne

Act Now Co-Ordinator: Northern Ireland

Nicola Browne is the Project Coordinator at Act Now.
Nicola has been a social justice activist for many years & has worked on issues including refugee & asylum rights, penal law & economic and social rights. Nicola founded Participation and the Practice of Rights organisation in Belfast.
Nicola is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the London School of Economics and a Fellow with The Social Change Initiative’s Leadership for Social Justice and Peace in Northern Ireland programme.
She holds both an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Dundee and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham.
Nicola tweets at @nicolajbrowne

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Layla Wade

Campaigner

Layla joined the Uplift team as a campaigner in June 2021. She is a curious campaigner and learner who is fascinated by the intersection of technology and social change - and how these two interact and shape our lives. She brings experience from her time at Digital Action where she built coordinated creative collaborations to tackle digital threats to democracy and human rights, and her time at the European Parliament working on elections. Her love of languages with fluency in French and Spanish persists thanks to her degree in European Studies. Away from her desk, you can find her swooning over neighbourhood cats, taking photos of her friends and falling off surfboards.

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Niamh O'Connor

Communications Worker

Niamh joined the Uplift team as Communications Worker in May 2021. A keen animator, video editor and budding illustrator, she uses her visual and written skills to help communicate Uplift’s message.
Issues that she’s passionate about include gender equality, refugee/asylum seeker rights, animal welfare, climate change and ethical fashion. Outside of work she can be found animating whimsical gifs, decorating vegan cakes and laughing hysterically to her favourite podcasts.

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Board Members

Amel Yacef

Director

Amel is the chair of the European Network Against Racism Europe and has a background in anti racism strategies within the community development and youth work centres. She is also a board member of Amal Women’s Association, a group that provides culturally appropriate support to muslim women experiencing gender based violence.

Evgeny Shtorn

Director

Evgeny Shtorn is a writer, activist, and researcher from St Petersburg. Due to his involvement in civil society work he was forced to leave Russia in 2018. In 2019, he was granted international protection in the Republic of Ireland. He works as a Social and Cultural Diversity Consultant collaborating with different universities and NGO’s. He co-facilitated a project with people seeking asylum 'Something From There' in the National Gallery of Ireland. Evgeny’s writing has been published in academic journals, anthologies and new media outlets in Russia, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Ireland. As an activist, he has been involved in human rights and LGBT advocacy for almost two decades. He is a co-founder of Queer Diaspora Ireland, an initative that supports LGBT people in direct provision. In 2019 he was awarded the Inclusion award by Galway Community Pride. In 2020, Shtorn was awarded the GALAs Person of the Year by the National LGBT Federation of Ireland (NXF). He is also a member of the board of directors of Dublin Pride.

Bruce Clark

Secretary

Bruce is a fundraising manager and consultant with over 30 years of experience in direct marketing for NGOs. He is very driven by results and learning from analysis and adaptation from other markets and enjoys working for causes such as international development, peace, human rights and the environment. He brought together a consortium of charities to create The Good Form, the Irish Charities Taxback campaign. Bruce is also a keen mountain-hiker and have, in a voluntary capacity, completed fundraising challenges such as Amnesty Trek Scotland, Oxfam Trailtrekker, Barretstown Dublin Mountains Challenge and Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team’s Walk The Line.

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Fatima Halawa

Director

Fatima Halawa, is a filmmaker, social justice activist and youth facilitator. She has completed an MA in Contemporary Screen Industry with DCU and has a Digital Creative Media qualification from DIT.

Jon Lloyd

Director

Jon has been involved in campaigning, fundraising and marketing for the last 13 years. He is one of the world’s top digital fundraising and campaigning experts, having honed his craft in digital-first organisations. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge with as many people as possible to raise standards in the nonprofit sector to increase our impact. Jon has a true global outlook, having won campaigns and raised tens of millions of Euros in nearly every country in the world for human rights, healthcare, advocacy and campaigning, education, hospitals, and community organisations. He currently lives in London, UK, via New Zealand and Canada.

Anna Nolan

Chairperson

Anna Nolan is from Northern Ireland and has many years supporting organisations with campaign strategy, creative interventions and communications across the world. Anna was the Director of The Syria Campaign from 2014 to 2018, a human rights organisation that supports Syria’s heroes in their struggle for freedom and democracy.

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Nana Nubi

Director

Nana holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from University College Dublin and an LL.M in International and Comparative Law from Trinity College Dublin. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Limerick, researching: “People of African Descent and An Garda Síochána: Perceptions, Attitudes and Experiences”
Nana Nubi has professional experience in human resources and business development. Until recently she was the Project Officer for the United Nations International Decade for people of African Descent, Ireland (IDPAD Ireland).
Nana Nubi has a history of working in human rights organisations such as Afro-Irish and Africa Centre Ireland. In 2015, she founded The Alpha Project, a youth empowerment initiative. She recently published ``Nigerian Heritage`` a 50-page interactive colouring book, containing illustrations and stories about the rich history and culture of Nigeria.
She is passionate about ensuring people of African descent maximize their potential.

Bill Abom

Director

Bill Abom is Deputy Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and an experienced community work practitioner. He was Mandate Trade Union’s Lead Organiser and previously worked with SIPTU. He has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin and previously served as the Associate Director of Rural & Migrant Ministry, located in New York State, developing and coordinating programmes to support the voices, leadership and actions of migrant farm workers and their families.

Bex Hay

Director

Bex is Co-founder and CTO at Organise, a UK organisation that helps empower workers with the tools, support and confidence to improve their working lives. Bex has a background in corporate campaigning and previously worked at ShareAction, mobilising people power to make our financial system fairer. Outside of work Bex is usually watching, playing or talking about cricket.

How we are Funded

Uplift doesn’t accept money from the Government or big corporations. We’re over 60% member funded and the rest we make up from small grants from groups like Global Green Foundation, The Community Foundation of Ireland, Pizza Sunday Club, OPEN. The average member donation is €8. We also partner with bigger organisations like The Simon Community, SumOfUs and Mandate Trade Union to run partner campaigns that Uplift members care about.

How we spend money

Uplift has a small staff team and nobody is paid big bucks, but all staff members are paid a decent living wage. We keep our costs down where possible and we don’t need lots of money to have impact.

Here’s a breakdown of how we spend money:

You can view and download our audited accounts here:

Directors Report and Financial Statement (Year-end Dec 2020)

Directors Report and Financial Statement (Year-end Dec 2019)

Directors Report and Financial Statement (Year-end Dec 2018)

Directors Report and Financial Statement (June 2016 – Dec 2017)

Directors Report and Financial Statement (May 2015 – April 2016)

Directors’ Report and Financial Statements (June 2014 – April 2015)

You can read a copy of our donations policy here.

Our Values

We believe that:

  • People are not apathetic, but by protecting vested interests and powerful elites, our political system has systematically denied us meaningful opportunities to participate in the vital decisions that critically affect us. This has led to a sense of helplessness and powerlessness.
  • A critical mass of Irish people support the progressive values of equality, justice, and sustainability, and are hungry for accessible, effective, trustworthy ways to advance those values in Ireland.
  • Great change is possible when people come together to take action. It is possible to affect change and influence decision makers, including the political system and big business.
  • Leadership is demonstrated in many forms. Leadership needs to come from the people, be accountable, and be directed towards the common good. A healthy democracy requires the critical engagement of people. Asking questions is one of the most powerful democratic acts we can do.
  • Social justice is about the fair distribution of wealth, resources and privileges within society. Uplift members believe in the right of people to realise their full potential. This includes taking a stand on the rights of low paid workers, progressive taxation, challenging exploitation, access to quality health care, and public services.
  • Uplift members believe that discrimination and prejudice need to be challenged so that everyone can participate fully and equally. This includes taking a stand against racism, sexism, classism, transphobia, ableism, homophobia and biphobia. It also means taking a stand for the rights of communities experiencing economic, social, and political exclusion.
  • Our planet is in extreme danger and Uplift members stand up for protecting our natural resources, including our woodlands, by fighting policies and practices that cause climate change and environmental destruction.

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