Irish Penal Reform Trust

IPRT Staff

The day-to-day work of IPRT is carried out by a team of four staff, along with our expert board.


Fíona Ní Chinnéide: Executive Director | @fianna71

As Executive Director, Fíona is responsible for the leadership, management and direction of organisation and for delivering on the strategic objectives set out in the IPRT Strategic Plan 2017-2021. She was appointed to the role in April 2019.

Fíona has led the organisation’s external communications and campaigns since March 2009, when she joined as Communications Officer. She was Deputy Director from June 2014 until April 2019.

Fíona has 20 years’ experience working in the areas of advocacy, campaigns and communications within the not-for-profit sector in Ireland and Europe. She sits on the Board of Directors of Community Creations, which runs and Crisis Text Line Ireland.

Fíona holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.A. in Political Communications from Dublin City University (2015), where her research interests centred on media, public opinion and policy change. In 2018/19, she completed the 'Leadership Development for Transition and Change' training programme with Social Intelligence Associates.

Michelle Martyn: Senior Research and Policy Project Manager |

Michelle Martyn joined IPRT as Senior Research and Policy Project Manager in November 2016. Previously she worked in EPIC (Empowering People in Care) as Research, Policy and Fundraising Assistant.

In 2012, Michelle worked as Acting Research and Policy Officer in IPRT and managed and authored ‘Picking up the Pieces: the Rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment’. She also worked as an Independent Research Consultant for the Probation Service in 2011 on analysis of the project ‘Drug and Alcohol Misuse among Adult Offenders on Probation Supervision: Findings from the Drug and Alcohol Survey 2011’.

She holds a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University College Dublin (2010), Masters in Criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology (2009) and Bachelor of Social Science from NUI Maynooth (2008).    

Lorraine Whitty: Membership & Administration Officer |

Lorraine is responsible for the day to day administrative support of IPRT, with particular responsibility for membership support.

Lorraine has worked with a number of charities, on issues such as early years policy and international development issues in the media. She also has experience in administration in the public sector in the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, as well as an educational background having held assistant lectureships in PR and in International Relations at the University of Aberdeen and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

As well as working with IPRT, she volunteers for a number of organisations in the community and voluntary sector. She has completed Diplomas in Public Relations and Digital Marketing at the European Institute of Communications (2016), and holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from UCD, as well as an M Litt. in Strategic Studies and M Res. in Research Methods from the University of Aberdeen.

Communications Officer | currently vacant

Applications are now invited for the post of Communications Officer, deadline Thurs 16th January 2019. Full details here.

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