Meet the Staff

LGBT Ireland’s staff team lead on our training, advocacy and communications work as well as providing ongoing support to our national network of volunteers.

Paula Fagan

CEO
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Paula Fagan, is CEO of LGBT Ireland and has been working on LGBT rights and inclusion for many years.  In her current role she has overseen the expansion of the organisation and the services it provides.  She was a founding board member of marriage equality and has published a number of seminal research reports into the experiences and needs of LGBT people and their family members.  Paula holds a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. 

Collette O’Regan

Training Coordinator
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Collette has been working as Training Coordinator with LGBT Ireland since March 2017. She is responsible for internal training (helpline volunteers, peer support group facilitators) and external training (delivering LGBT Awareness training to various service providers). Strong priorities currently in Collette’s role are older LGBT+ people’s visibility/awareness training through the LGBT Champions Programme and peer support to LGBT asylum seekers living in Direct Provision. Before LGBT Ireland, Collette worked in Cambodia where she co-founded Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK) in 2009, Cambodia’s first and only legally registered LGBT+ NGO. Collette’s professional background is community development, community & adult education and grassroots advocacy. She holds an MSc in Equality Studies. 

Rachel Kuhn

Administrative Officer
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Rachel is administrative officer for LGBT Ireland and has worked with the organisation since 2016. She looks after the organisation’s social media and web presence and provides administrative support for the LGBT Ireland staff and volunteers. Rachel holds an MA in Women, Gender and Society from University College Dublin and a BA in Global Studies and Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is interested in advocacy work, community organising, and activism through art.

Helen Mortimer

E-learning Development Officer
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Helen Mortimer has recently taken up the post of E-learning Development Officer with LGBT Ireland, with responsibility for an e-learning programme targeted at healthcare workers, to improve their awareness and understanding of LGBT+ issues through practical information and supports which can be incorporated into their own workplace practice.  Helen also works with AMACH! LGBT Galway as a Community Health worker under the Healthy Ireland programme.  A community activist, Helen has a strong track record in addressing issues of inequality, injustice, discrimination and social exclusion. She has thirty years’ experience working in the violence against women sector, with particular interest in supporting children who experience domestic abuse. She has extensive research experience focusing on better outcomes for children, resilience and the promotion of empathy. She has an MA in Family Support, a BA in English & Psychology and a BA in Education & Training.