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Staff

Stephen McCloskey
Director

Director of the Centre since 1995, Stephen has managed a series of projects in the formal and non-formal education sectors. He has written education and promotional publications and represents the Centre in development networks in the island of Ireland and England, Scotland and Wales. He is also the Chair of Cuba Support Group Belfast.

Main duties:
- To promote development education in the formal and non-formal education sectors in keeping with the organisational objectives of the Centre
- To carry out advocacy / lobbying work on behalf of the Centre to ensure the enhanced practice and resourcing of development education
- Staff management including a leadership role on Centre projects
- To fundraise on behalf of the Centre to ensure the organisation's long-term development and enhance its capacity to provide development education services
- To produce and disseminate publications that promote the Centre's activities
- To regularly revise and update the Centre's mission statement, aims and objectives through the production and implementation of an organisational development plan in three to five year cycles
- To represent the Centre in appropriate development and education networks. 


Orla Devine
Global Learning Programme Coordinator

Orla has worked at the Centre for Global Education since December 2014 as Coordinator of the Global Learning Programme. From September 2018, she moved into the role of Programme Manager of the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning Programme. Prior to assuming her role with the Centre, Orla worked within the Humanitarian Education Team at the British Red Cross, coordinating CPD training for teachers and student teachers across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Her work with the Red Cross also involved monitoring a CPD training programme delivered by the Cyprus Red Cross and managing a youth exchange partnership with the Red Cross Societies in Ireland, Serbia, Macedeonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Orla has a Masters in International Development from the University of Glasgow and has studied Masters modules in Development Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She currently represents Northern Ireland on the UK Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network.


Anna Grindle
Schools Outreach Officer

Anna has worked part-time at the Centre for Global Education since 2016, where she was involved in developing training and schools’ outreach work within the Global Learning Programme before moving into the role of Schools’ Advisor on the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme.  Anna is a primary teacher with 10 years’ professional experience including specialism in teaching pupils with speech & language difficulties, social communication needs and outreach teaching for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; as well as tutoring young people in care. She also facilitates participative research and consultation work with young people, most recently on the impact of Brexit on young people’s lives within a children’s rights perspective (Children’s Law Centre). Previous experience includes working for Oxfam Scotland as a Curriculum Adviser in Education for Global Citizenship, she also lived and volunteered in Uganda, coordinating an in-service teacher training programme in life skills education.

Anna holds a BA in Geography from Queen’s University Belfast, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge, and a MA in Participation, Power and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex


Aine Maguire
Finance

Main duties:
- To maintain financial accounts and records for the Centre and maintain separate accounts for projects 
- To manage e-mail and internet correspondence, maintain and update filing systems and handle telephone enquiries. 
- To prepare financial reports and budgets for the Centre and its projects.


Piet Paulsen
Information Officer

In Belfast on a voluntary service with the German organisation 'Eirene', Piet maintains the Centre's library, compiles and disseminates the monthly E-Bulletin, updates the Centre's website with new resources, events and news, and liases with members through mailings and social. 


Antonella Acinapura
Intern

Antonella is a student intern working on the Centre for Global Education’s peer reviewed journal, Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review.  She assists with the editing of articles, maintaining the journal web site and promoting the journal to readers.