Team Hope Board & Staff


Steven Singleton is the chair of the TEAM HOPE Board. When Steven and his family lived in Thurles he was the local co-ordinator for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Now living in Dublin, he is a lecturer in a Dublin third level theological college.


Kate Hogan is a primary school teacher based in Dublin. Kate is a coordinator  for the north Dublin Christmas Shoebox checking centre and has also been on distribution teams.



Jennifer Thompson lives in Dublin, working for a charity advocating for homeless people. She previously worked for an international development agency for whom she has travelled widely and lived in both South America and Cambodia.



Mike O’ Connell lives in Limerick and recently retired as Vice President of Limerick Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Accountant and higher education consultant.



Audrey Wilson lives in Co. Monaghan, having worked in the community and voluntary sector for 10 years. She is particularly passionate about volunteering and social inclusion issues. Audrey currently works with YWCA Ireland as General Secretary.


Peter Heaney has recently been appointed as the CEO of Team Hope. Peter has been involved with Team Hope in a voluntary capacity for a number of years and previously served on the board. He holds a Masters degree from UCD in International Development and has also lived in Africa, working both for Irish Aid and another major Irish International development agency.


Carol Hennessey is the National Manager of the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.  Carol has worked on these projects for 20 years and has a particular concern for the people of Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. She has also vast experience of leading volunteer teams.


Stephen Conway is International Projects Co-ordinator for Team Hope. Stephen has considerable experience in leading international teams to destinations as far apart as Armenia, Nepal and Burundi. Since 2008, he has been co-ordinating all our international development projects in many parts of the world.


Rachel Browne is our Schools Co-ordinator and creates all of our resources and programs for schools, from pre-schools through to third level.

Rachel also looks after our Social Media, creating and sharing all of the content you see on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Theresa Wood is our Executive Administrator providing invaluable support to all our programmes. She has joined us from a background in both the legal and medical legal world, and actually enjoys administration!



Alan McElwee is our Business Development Manager. With over 20 years experience in the business world and in the voluntary sector. Alan is looking to help grow Team Hope’s impact for children and their families in Eastern Europe and Africa.


Jonathan Douglas is our Christmas Shoebox Appeal Senior Officer and is responsible for building teams and integrating with churches and other groups to bring them into the family of the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Jonathan also meets with Coordinators and assists them year round where needed.