Sheila is the Manager of the Cork Alliance Centre
since it opened in 2002 and has been instrumental in informing its ethos, modus
operandi and programme design and implementation. She holds a strong belief in
the importance of one-to-one work and the power of supportive reflective
relationships for people on release from prisons and in the years that follow.
Sheila has a strong understanding of desistance and recovery journeys and is
solid in her belief in the importance of the Support Worker role in the
process. Sheila holds a Diploma in Life
Coaching, and is a reformed Accountant. In 2014 Sheila graduated with a first class honours MA in Restorative Justice from the University of Hull. Her thesis researched and gained insight from service users on restorative interventions, their timing and potential impact.
In 2001 she established the Linkage Programme (now IASIO) office in Cork supporting ex-offenders into training and employment. Before making Cork home, Sheila worked overseas for six years with Concern Worldwide in East Africa and Southeast Asia, eventually moving from South Sudan to Cork. Prior to that, she worked in the Irish IT sector in the 1990s.
Sheila is a board member of the Sexual Health Centre in Cork, on the Cork advisory group for MOVE and volunteers with the Society of St Vincent de Paul.[email protected]