Senior Programme Manager

Deirdre Cole

Deirdre joined Common Purpose in August 2014, initially working as Programme Coordinator on our senior leaders programmes. She then led the development and delivery of our programmes for third level leaders and her role now involves finding the right participants, contributors and venues for our programmes for senior leaders.

Following her undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, Deirdre lived and worked in Lisbon, teaching English to adults and children. From there she moved to London as a consultant to the public and voluntary sector, specialising in the area of community sport. Her role involved securing funding, identifying community needs, developing strategies, bringing partners together and helping to make funding decisions. While in London Deirdre also completed an MSc in Public Policy and Management from Birkbeck College, University of London.

Deirdre has been moving back and forth between London and Dublin since 2007 and currently splits her time between the two cities. She hopes to finally decide where to live once she grows up. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, singing in a choir and keeping up with her one year old daughter’s active social life.