Our Staff

National General Secretary, Audrey Wilson
Audrey Wilson joined the YWCA Ireland team in April 2014 a General Secretary. Based in Dublin and reporting to the YWCA Ireland Board, she oversees all aspects of YWCA Ireland’s governance including programmes, finance, strategy and management operations. She also articulates, communicates and advocates YWCA Ireland’s mission and leads the implementation of the association’s strategic plan.

Born in Northern Ireland and now living in the Republic of Ireland, Audrey has more than 14 years professional experience working in the community and voluntary  and education sectors, with specific expertise in the areas of organisational governance, social inclusion and community development.

Before joining YWCA Ireland, Audrey worked as a Development Officer with Monaghan Integrated Development overseeing the implementation of the volunteer centre project. She was instrumental in establishing Monaghan Women’s Network, the Monaghan Helping Hands service and The Edge youth project, where she held a leadership position for 5 years. Audrey brings international experience from Brazil, Portugal and the United Kingdom to the YWCA.

Passionate about women’s leadership, good governance and social justice, Audrey describes the General Secretary role as her “dream job”. She says, “The most rewarding part of my role as General Secretary is consistently having the opportunity to amplify the voices of young women in Ireland on a local, national and global level. That’s what the YWCA is all about and that’s what makes a difference!”

Audrey has studied Theology and Transformative Leadership to post graduate level and holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Theology.

Tel: +353 87 2185434
Email: [email protected]
Working days:  Monday to Thursday.

Deputy General Secretary, Breda Johnston 
Breda, from Dublin and married to David has 3 remarkable, talented adult children and 4 amazing grandchildren. Following a career in the private sector where she worked in Marketing and Administration, Breda retrained and moved to the community sector where she taught Mathematics, IT Skills, Nutrition and Communications within the Adult Education sector.

A member of the board of the European YWCA Breda enjoys the experience of working within the European movement, learning first hand of the experiences, challenges and achievements of women across the continent. It is a privilege to serve, support, encourage and connect with such a diverse group of associations with the shared vision of a fully inclusive world where justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment are promoted and sustained through women’s leadership, with a special focus on young women.

Breda has passion and confidence in the power of Education which gives us a knowledge of the world around us. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build confidence, form opinions and have a view and an impact on things in life. In the context of the vision and values of the YWCA Breda believes education should be a means to empower women to become active participants in the transformation of their societies. Learning should focus on the values, attitudes and behaviours which enable individuals to learn to live together in a world of diversity.

She and her husband enjoy hill walking and have completed two Caminos in Northern Spain. Breda is also a member of a CrossFit Gym and particularly enjoys strength and condition work.

A member of Dun Laoghaire Evangelical Church, she is passionate about her faith and her desire to be an effective Ambassador of Christ.

Breda is excited to be joining the staff of the YWCA of Ireland where she will have the opportunity to use her skills, knowledge and experiences to support our Mission.

Email: [email protected]

Working Days: Monday to Thursday

Young Women’s Engagement and Development Officer, Ally McGeever

Ally is from Co. Monaghan and moved to Dublin when she went to college to study natural sciences. Ally has always been passionate about nature and pursued this interest with a PhD in Botany. After her PhD, Ally got involved with climate change research and became increasingly convicted by the social injustice of environmental degradation, particularly the intersection of climate justice and gender equality. This led to Ally’s involvement with the YWCA community since 2016, when she joined YWCA Ireland’s staff team as an event coordinator for the European Representatives Meeting in Newcastle, Co. Down. In this role she networked with the international YWCA community and delivered a workshop on climate change and gender equality as part of the development of YWCA Europe’s strategic plan. From this she continued her involvement with YWCA Ireland by taking a volunteer role as Honorary Secretary on the National and Executive Board, while continuing her career in environmental research and third level education. During this time she contributed to YWCA Ireland’s position paper on prostitution and our contribution to the Citizen’s Assembly on climate change. She also delivered workshops at YWCA Ireland’s AGMs to equip and empower young women in leadership, and updated members on YWCA Ireland activities. Ally also developed YWCA Ireland’s partnerships with other YWCA branches on her trips to Denmark and Palestine. After two years as honorary secretary, Ally has returned to YWCA Ireland staff as our Young Women’s Engagement and Development Officer. In this role she hopes to bring her experience in research and education to the development and delivery of YWCA Ireland’s next strategic plan and to create engaging and empowering events that equip young women to lead positive change in Ireland. Ally is passionate about building capacity for young women’s leadership in Ireland, particularly in faith communities, and strengthening the vital role of young women in building a sustainable future.

Email; [email protected]

Working Days; Monday to Thursday