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Our Team

Join Our Team!

We have a variety of job openings as we grow our employability team. Positions including: Lead Vocational Trainer, Assistant Vocational Trainer, Employment Support Executive, and Diversity & Inclusion Lead. Applications for all positions close February 9th, 2024. For full job descriptions and job postings, visit our 'News' section at the link below. Please email CVs

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Meet our Team...

Meet our Team...

I want to make the world of work a more open minded and inclusive place for people with DS, showing a wider community their strengths, capabilities and personalities.

Louise Cotter

Programme Assistant

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I am a passionate advocate for equality & inclusion.Sharing my knowledge & culinary skills with the students in the Together Academy provides a platform to positively influence their career trajectory.

Mary Sweeney

Teacher Coordinator

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Madeline is part of our Pathways to Employment Team, and hopes to transform employment opportunities for our students through engagement with prospective employers and community programming. She believes that with the right supports in place, people with Down syndrome can do anything.

Madeline Regan

Pathways to Employment Specialist

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Emer is a Programme assistant with the Together Academy. She has worked as a special needs teacher for many years, teaching literacy, numeracy, art and personal development; practical skills which will enhance the future of young adults who have Down syndrome.

Emer Flanagan

Programme Assistant

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Recalibrating perceptions around Ds. Laura believes that by changing public perception around people with intellectual disabilities Together Academy can create more opportunities for adults with Id (intellectual disability).

Laura O’Neill

Brand & Communications Manager

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Olivia is the assistant coordinator at Together Academy. She is extremely passionate about working hands-on with our young adults to help them achieve their full potential.

Olivia Sneyd

Assistant Coordinator

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My name is Alison, I'm a chef and studied in Ballymaloe cookery school and I have 2 siblings with Down syndrome. I love working with Together Academy and improving the prospects and opportunities for young adults with Down syndrome in Ireland

Ali Gaw

Together Café Chef

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Paula brings vast experience from the business world, from setting up and running a successful business for over 25 years. She wants to develop strong links with business so that adults with DS can find suitable employment as well as educate businesses on the benefits of inclusion.

Paula Doherty

Pathways to Employment Specialist

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Jack is a vocational Occupational Therapist working with the Together Academy students to work on key skills needed for sustained employment: personal management skills, communications skills and mental healthcare. Jack will be working with both the students and future employers to make sure that each individual is matched with the most appropriate job using a strengths-based approach.

Jack Cairns

Occupational Therapist

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Edel has over 20 years experience working in international consultancy, on both the planning and implementation of complex change programmes, leadership and governance of core business operations, account management and business development. She’s passionate about driving an agenda of Inclusion & Diversity and ensuring young adults with Down syndrome have a range of meaningful employment options available to them.

Edel Lynch

Finance Manager

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Karen brings a wealth of experience from both the finance administration and programme support world. She has a keen interest in disability support, and ensures Together Academy runs smoothly and efficiently.

Karen McDonagh

Finance Administration

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Meet our Team...

Therese is Together Academy’s Founder and mum or April (10) who has Down syndrome. Therese founded Together Academy with a vision for the future and what life could be for her daughter, and young people with Down syndrome with the proper supports in place. She oversees most all aspects of programming, and has a deeply passionate vision for the future and the need for Together Academy programming. Therese has a background in Disability Support, and is invested in expanding Together Academy and its social enterprise.

Therese Coveney

Founder, Director

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Alongside Therese, Cathy has been a part of Together Academy since its infancy. She brings a wealth of programme coordination knowledge, and is passionate about disability advocate and support. She is also mum to Alex (12) who has Down syndrome. Cathy believes in the vision of Together Academy, and oversees our education training certification.

Cathy Smith

Programme Director

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I'm a new addition to the team and excited to join Together café! I have years of experience in culinary and pastry support and bring an extensive knowledge both on and off the café floor for helping expand our Together culinary social enterprise.

Mollie Regan

Cafe Programme Assistant