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Our People

Liz Hughes, CEO

Liz was appointed CEO of Cii in April 2019. As CEO, Liz is responsible for Cii’s strategic plan which focuses on developing, supporting and guiding member organisations to be best in class in terms of governance and fiduciary responsibility while advocating and championing the broader charity and not for profit sector.

Liz has over 20 years’ experience in developing and delivering strategy across a variety of sectors including not for profit, accountancy, law and IT. Prior to joining Cii, Liz led the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in Ireland and Europe where she was responsible for key recruitment, conversion and retention strategies. Liz holds a BA and Diploma in Business Studies. She is also a fellow of the Public Relations Institute. Liz recently completed a postgraduate diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership from UCD’s Innovation Academy.

Scott Kelley, Chief Operating Officer

Scott was appointed Charities Institute Ireland’s COO at its inception in 2016. In this role Scott oversees Cii’s operational policies, rules, initiatives, and goals. Scott helps Cii execute long-term and short-term plans and directives by implementing judgement, vision, management, and leadership.

With over twenty years’ experience in business operations, strategic development and sales Scott has a proven track record in stakeholder management, budget forecasting, and event management across multiple sectors in Ireland, Australia and the UK.

Mark Hughes, Director Of Communications & Membership Services

Mark has held the position of Director of Communications & Membership Services with Charities Institute Ireland since April 2018. Mark is responsible for developing and delivering Cii’s communication and members service offering.

Mark’s commitment to fundraising, volunteering, community investment and engagement is demonstrated through his career and education to date. Having previously worked with charities such as Barretstown, Temple Street Children's University Hospital, Trinity College Foundation and Special Olympics Ireland.

Mark holds a Master’s in Business Studies from UCC, BA in Community and Family Studies from NUIG, Higher Certificate in Project Management, a Diploma in Marketing, Advertising and PR and a Certificate in Fundraising Management Practice.

Annelies Coghlan, Education & Governance Manager

Annelies has special responsibility Cii’s Academy & Training programmes since 2017 having previously worked within the finance team. Annelies schedules the training calendar, coordinates the cross-disciplinary team to make sure the courses are on track, and conducts post project evaluations so that all stakeholders experience the best that Cii can offer.

Annelies previously managed R&D, e-Learning and e-Commerce projects in Skillsoft (formerly SmartForce), where she was responsible for developing interactive training software from planning through to fulfillment. Prior to that, Annelies served as EA to ICTR’s Executive Director, Sheila Nordon.

Annelies hold an MA in Geographical Information Systems from the NUI, and a BA in Geography and Archaeology from UCD.

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