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Jacinta Cuthbert


Jacinta Cuthbert was appointed CEO of the IAPC in October 2019. Jacinta has been working in the Non-Profit Sector for over 25 years, in the Adult Education Sector. The role that she had in Adult Education was that of Head of Organisational Development, in a significantly larger organisation. Her main duties in the CEO role at the IAPC include but are not limited to: Governance, Staff Recruitment and Management, Finances, Event management and Membership Engagement. She has a Masters in Management in the Voluntary Sector and she also holds a number of certificates and diplomas in various specialties i.e., Human Resources, Corporate Governance and Life & Business Coaching and others. Jacinta started her career in the private sector.

Cathy Herbert

Accounts and Administration Officer

Cathy Herbert joined the IAPC in March 2021 as an Accounts and Administration Officer. Cathy’s background is in the Banking Sector where she held the role of Customer Service Manager. She took voluntary redundancy from the bank in 2016 to raise her young family. During this time, she also under-took courses in Childcare and SNA, and was successful in gaining a part-time position in childcare. Her role in the organisation as Accounts and Administration Officer is to assist the CEO with the administration needs of the organisation, to ensure it is an efficient and professional organisation. Her main duties include maintaining the Accounts, preparation and administration support for the Education & Research Seminar and AGM, together with updating and maintaining membership. This is a developing role and will ultimately expand during her contract period.

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Zara O’ Reilly Dempsey

Digital Marketing and Communications Officer

Zara O’ Reilly Dempsey joined the IAPC in September 2023. With over 5 years of experience in the tech industry, she holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Political Communications. Her aim is to bring a unique blend of technical expertise and strategic communication skills to her role with a mission to enhance and expand the organisation’s communications department. Zara’s primary responsibilities revolve around increasing the IAPC’s presence across various communication channels. Her role includes efforts to amplify the IAPC’s reach in both digital and traditional media platforms, encompassing the monthly newsletter, Twitter, Press releases, LinkedIn pages and Website updates to name a few. This is an ever-developing role which will continue to evolve throughout the course of her time at the IAPC.

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