Directors

CRNI is governed by a Board of Directors, made up primarily of volunteers from the membership base.

The Board is responsible for ensuring that the charity is well-managed and abides by its charitable aims. The Board appoints the Network Coordinator, who is responsible for managing the organisation on a day to day basis and reports to the Board at regular CRNI Board Meetings.

The following outlines the current CRNI Directors and the member organisations that they represent:

WINIFRED (UNA) LAVELLE

Chairperson

BERNIE CONNOLLY

Director

MARK FOX

Director

MICHAEL SLOAN

Director

MARY FLEMING

National Network Executive

Mary came to CRNI from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and previously, STAND. They have experience across the private and not-for-profit sectors in programme management, strategic partnerships, communications and engagement with community-based organisations who work to solve social challenges. 

When not at work, Mary volunteers in the environmental sector as a committee member for several community projects, and is currently working to launch a circular economy strategy in their home town of Crumlin, Dublin. 

Mary can be contacted at [email protected].

CHRISTINE COSTELLOE

Funding and Communications Manager, Research Lead (Circular Textiles, Northern Ireland)

Christine advises environmental organisations on marketing, fundraising and research. In addition to her work with CRNI, Christine’s experience in the sector includes her work as a Philanthropy Writer, Corporate and Foundation Relations with The Nature Conservancy and as a consultant to the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra and the Danish Food & Agriculture Council/SEGES, the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway, Burrenbeo Trust and Irish Seed Savers. Christine holds a Masters of Science in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (MScCCAFS), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Bachelors in Economics and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Christine can be contacted at [email protected].

ORLA MATTHEWS

ReMark Project Manager

Orla is a passionate environmentalist and brings a wealth of knowledge from working within the circular economy. She comes to us from the Cloth Nappy library Ireland where she worked as the Communications and Marketing Manager for both the library Itself and the Earth Baby Fair,Ireland’s largest eco baby expo! She was also a digital media consultant for the Conscious Cup campaign and briefly sat on their Board of Management. Orla holds a Primary Degree in Art from WIT and has just completed a BSc. in Multimedia with First class Honours from DCU. As part of her final year research project and in her role as project manager and primary researcher she developed a prototype of a mobile app that uses augmented reality and bespoke project management features. The purpose of which aids community groups to plan, plant and grow native species, encouraging biodiversity to flourish. More recently she has co-founded a small media production company where she produced several short documentaries for the EPA and LAWPRO about the importance of communities working together to re-wet the bogs. 

Orla is from Dublin 12 but currently lives in North Kildare with her young son. She is a founding member of Zero Waste Maynooth and over the past couple of years she has adopted a zero waste lifestyle within her household. Orla is an avid macro photographer, and is happiest wandering through forests and fields or across the bogs taking pictures of tiny creatures in their habitat” the results of which earned her an Arts Bursary from DCU.

Orla can be contacted at [email protected].

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Our funders

EPA Circular Economy Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the Circular Economy Programme.

For more information about the programme see here.

Project Funding

ReMark Quality Mark

CRNI received funding from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications through the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme to carry our the next phase of the ReMark project. 

For more information about the project see here.

Circular Textiles

CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.

For more information about the project see here.