CyberSafeKids: Our Story
Our founders and staff have backgrounds in cybercrime investigation, law enforcement, psychology, education, online child protection, academia and the not-for-profit sector.
Meet the people who make CyberSafeKids
tick on a day to day basis
Education Support Team
Aoife has been working in the technology world for the past 15 years and worked in a number of different countries around the world, mostly in telecommunications. Having small kids herself she became interested in the use of technology within her own family. From this she realised that more education for children and parents around technology was a necessity. After 3 years as one of our most active trainers she is delighted to now move to an administrative role liaising between schools, trainers and our sales team.
Education Programme Analyst
Olwyn has a computer science degree and an MBA and worked in the software industry for many years as a trainer, consultant and product manager. Mother of four, she gained first hand experience of the challenges parents face today in keeping their children safe online. Olwyn volunteered for Problem Gambling Ireland, where she took a particular interest in reducing gaming and gambling-related harms for young people, and was a regular blogger for CyberSafeKids before joining the team at the start of 2020. She has developed course material and delivered our training to assist children, parents, teachers and youth workers to develop vital digital media literacy skills. One of our most experienced trainers, Olwyn continues to deliver educational training sessions and is our Education Programme Analyst, responsible for managing, analysing and reporting on the valuable survey data we collect each year in schools and publish in our annual report.
CEO & Co-Founder
Alex is an experienced programme manager from the not-for-profit sector. She has spent most of her career working in the international development sector with agencies such as UNDP in East Timor and CAFOD where she was responsible for the South East Asia programme. More recently, Alex was based in Jamaica, working for the British High Commission on a capacity building project in the prison sector. Since her return to Ireland in 2012, she worked for Move4Parkinsion’s Foundation Limited as a Programme Manager and in 2015, co-founded CyberSafeIreland CLG, of which she is currently the CEO, helping to build the organisation to a level where it is providing its services to thousands of children each year. Alex completed a QQI Level 6 component certificate in Child Psychology in 2019, holds a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin and an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh.
Marketing & Development Manager
Aoife has amassed considerable experience in both the public and private sectors over a fifteen year professional career. She managed projects around the introduction of safer payment options when she was with the Irish Payment Services Organisation (IPSO) before moving to Goodbody Stockbrokers where she was Marketing Manager and then part of the Corporate Broking team. Aoife spent five years working for the Trinity Foundation, managing TCD’s Alumni Programme and carried out a similar role with PwC Ireland. She joined CyberSafeIreland in January 2019 and is responsible for all office administration and relationships with schools across the country. Aoife holds a BSc in Business, Economics and Social Studies from TCD and a Masters in Marketing Practice from the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business.
Head of Education & Innovation
Originally from Belfast, Philip is an international educator with over 20 years experience teaching and training all ages of learners in a range of multicultural contexts. A trained primary teacher, Philip holds Masters degrees in International Education from the University of Sunderland and in Documentary Photography from the University of Arts London. In addition to a year as a programme coordinator at British Council Cairo in Egypt, he lived in Tokyo for 19 years, teaching in different international schools; from 2014-17 he was Head of Year 6 at The British School in Tokyo. Philip has been increasingly involved in teacher training and mentoring since 2011, with a specific focus on the meaningful integration of educational technology tools in the classroom, Content Language & Integrated Learning (CLIL) and the teaching of modern foreign languages. In 2017 he moved to Dublin, where he has been delivering various teacher training courses under the auspices of the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. Philip is excited as Head of Education & Innovation to lead the vital work educating and empowering children, teachers and parents about the real challenges which living, studying and working online increasingly pose. He is grateful to be supported by a passionate, hard working and extremely committed panel of trainers who help us to reach more schools with our innovative educational programme, and our fantastic group of volunteer Cyber Ninjas.
Originally from Italy, Mattia holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from University of Parma and a specialisation in Forensic Psychology from IPP Brescia. He has become particularly interested in psychosocial studies with children and adolescents since his undergraduate studies, focusing his interest on the role of cultures and technologies in interpersonal relationships, especially in family context. After his Master’s degree, he undertook a clinical internship in the healthcare service of Parma, working with minors. Alongside this, he was offered to collaborate in an European research project led by Dr Marina Everri at London School of Economics on the role of technologies in family relationships. This experience made him interested in studying how to promote children’s wellbeing in the so-called ‘digital age’. In 2018 he started a 2-years research fellowship in social psychology at University of Parma sponsored by Fondazione Alsos (Bologna) on migrations in Italy. In 2020 he has been awarded with a grant for a 4-year PhD project under the IRC Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme in partnership with CyberSafeKids and University College Dublin. Therefore, he joined CyberSafeKids’ team as Research Officer and the research team of the MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy at UCD School of Medicine.
Edel has over sixteen years communications experience between Ireland and the United States of America (USA). In Bracken PR, she gained hands-on experience working for a large number of clients in the corporate, consumer, education, and not-for profit sectors such as; Bank of Scotland (Ireland) and Halifax, Mason Hayes and Curran, Assurant Solutions, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. During her time in Bracken PR, Edel also successfully launched a number of startup companies, including Ireland’s very first lost and found company, yougetitback.com. For as long as she can remember, Edel has wanted to make a difference to children’s lives. Her recent roles as joint Communications Manager in Ireland’s largest children’s hospital, Children’s Health Ireland, at Crumlin (formerly Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin) and as Programme Manager at the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory – part of the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Centre at Albert Einstein College of Medicine New York – allowed her to do this. Edel holds a B.A. in Media Communications and Journalism from Griffith College and an M.A. in Public Relations from Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T.), now known as TU Dublin. More recently, she completed a Certificate in Digital Media Marketing from New York University (NYU). Edel joined CyberSafeKids in September, 2022 and is responsible for sharing its ongoing story and raising awareness of the important work they are doing in empowering children, schools and parents to navigate the online world in a safe and effective way. She is delighted to be working with a dynamic team at CyberSafeKids, and for such a worthwhile cause.
Advisor & Co-Founder
Cliona specialises in cybercrime analysis and investigation. From 2005 to 2013, she worked as a senior officer for the UK National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). During this time, she represented the UK on many occasions on G8 and Interpol working groups as well as working on investigations into organised crime in conjunction with major European and US law enforcement agencies. After returning to Ireland, Cliona joined the Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime investigation in UCD, building forensic tools for law enforcement, as well as developing and delivering training in cybercrime investigation and related areas for An Garda Siochana and law enforcement agencies across Europe. Since 2014, she has delivered online safety sessions in Irish primary schools. She is passionate about protecting children online and believes that education is crucial. This was a strong motivating factor for the establishment of CyberSafeIreland CLG in 2015.
We have a dedicated and passionate panel of external trainers who deliver both online and in schools all over Ireland, delivering the hugely important message to children, parents and teachers on how to use technology in a stronger, smarter and safer way.
OUR Volunteer CYBER NINJAS
Our team of Cyber Ninjas volunteer their time to help us keep on top of the constantly changing landscape of what kids are doing online.
Meet the Board
They help to ensure the good governance of CyberSafeKids