Senior Programme Manager

Deirdre Cole

I am from Clontarf in Dublin and lived in Dublin until 2005, when I graduated from a degree in English Literature and Philosophy in Trinity College. I then moved to Lisbon and spent a very happy year there, teaching English to children and adults and enjoying the food and climate. I spent a further year in Dublin working for Bank of Ireland before moving to London in 2007.

In London, I worked as a consultant to the public and voluntary sector. My role involved securing funding, identifying facility needs, developing strategies and helping to make funding decisions for organisations involved in community sport and physical activity. I also completed an MSc in Public Policy and Management, with Birkbeck College, University of London.

In 2013 I made the move back to live in Dublin but continued to work with London-based clients, working from home and commuting back and forth. I was keen to properly settle and connect with Dublin again and was delighted to have the opportunity to join the Common Purpose Ireland team in August 2014. My role primarily involves coordinating the Meridian programme and I am really enjoying meeting and getting to know the diverse group of people participating in the programme as well as those who contribute and speak at the various modules.