Board of Directors
ECO-UNESCO is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors called the National Council. The National Council is made up of representatives or members of ECO-UNESCO. The Board of Directors is made up of Jamie Cudden (Chairperson), Marie Collins (Treasurer), Chris Nolan, Danny Dockery, & Niall Jennings. The Board of Directors are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is the Patron of ECO-UNESCO. We are delighted to have the support of President Higgins as we continue with our environmental education and youth work.
ECO-UNESCO is run by a team of 15+ people. This is a mix of full-time and part-time staff, TUS workers, Jobbridge and Work Placement Programme employees and interns.
Elaine Nevin - (National Director/CEO)
Elaine Nevin is the National Director (Chief Executive Officer) of ECO-UNESCO since 2002. Elaine holds a BA in Geography and Political Science and an MA and a Higher Diploma in Education. She has worked in the field of environmental education since 1995 and believes that empowering, educating and engaging young people is an essential component to achieving sustainable development.
Elaine has headed up a range of projects in ECO-UNESCO including the Young Environmentalist Awards programme; Youth for Sustainable Development peer education, the development of ECO-UNESCO as a QQI accredited centre, and the development of Green Youth Employability programmes. She led the consultation on the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in the Republic of Ireland in 2008 which fed into the National Strategy on ESD in 2014. She is currently heading up ECO-UNESCO's involvement in the UNESCO Global Action Programme on the implementation of ESD and is a member of the key partner network for the implementation of UNESCO's GAP under the key priority area 4 - 'Mobilising and Empowering young people'.
Elaine sits on and has sat on a range of bodies including the Irish Environmental Network, National Youth Council of Ireland (past Vice-President; current Chair of the NYCI Specialist Organisation Network), and is the Chairperson of the Advisory Group on the National Dialogue on Climate Change. She was a Ministerial Appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 and was reappointed to the EPA Advisory Committee in 2016; she is a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in the Department of Education and Skills, and sits on the Steering Committee of the Regional Centre of Expertise in ESD Dublin.