Management Committee



Catherine O’Connell is a long-time member of Facing Forward. She has a huge interest in developing Restorative Practices in our society, communities, families and organisations. Catherine is the founder of Blossom Development.  She is an accredited Mediator with the Mediators Institute of Ireland, a conflict management coach, coach mentor and trainer in CINERGY™ Conflict Management Coaching.  Catherine develops training in conflict resolution, personal development and communications skills. She is a trainer, mediator, conflict management coach and mentor for Mediation Northside. She is a member of the international Association of Conflict Resolution. Catherine has an M.A in Mediation and Conflict Resolution and a B.Sc in Psychology.


Geoffrey Corry is a founding member of Facing Forward. He is a family and workplace mediator with case experience extending over 20 years, particularly with the state-run Family Mediation Service. He is a visiting lecturer at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at NUI Maynooth and teaches basic mediation training at UCD Adult Education. He served as Chairperson of the Mediators Institute Ireland from 1999-2002. He facilitated over 50 political dialogue workshops at the Glencree Centre for Reconciliation during the years of the peace process. He founded Tallaght Community Mediation in 1991 and actively supports community dispute resolution in Ballymun, Coolock, the Border Counties and Castlebar.

Margaret Weymes qualified in 2007 with a BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Middlesex University. She went on to further qualify in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (and Mediation. She works in Counselling private practice. .She first heard of Restorative Justice through mediation and believes that there is a great need to develop this practice further and make people aware of its existence and value.

Mary Curtin’s career in broadcasting included fourteen years as a producer in the Religious Programmes department in RTÉ Radio 1, as well as periods in Education, Features and Current Affairs.   In 2005 she became Secretary of the RTÉ Trade Union Group and, up to her retirement in 2012, was involved in protracted negotiations on new pension, pay and working conditions, in the context of the economic crisis and its effects on the finances of the organisation. She subsequently trained as a mediator and is a volunteer with Community Law and Mediation in Coolock, Dublin 17. Her work experience as well as her mediation training led to a particular interest in the area of Restorative Justice. Mary is also a board member of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.


Nadette Foley is the Coordinator of the Facing Forward Advocacy Group and is also coordinating the Facing Forward company and charity registration processes. Nadette works at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation developing a new Refugee Integration, Cultural Diversity and Inter Faith Programme. Nadette was formerly Director of the Irish Refugee Council and the Multicultural Resource Centre Northern Ireland and has worked in the area of human rights, cultural diversity, anti-racism and intercultural integration. She has extensive experience working with those who have survived the trauma of human rights violations including forced migration, torture, and racist and sexual violence. Nadette is an MII accredited volunteer Community and Family Mediator with the Ballymun Community Law and Mediation Centre

Niall Counihan has been a member of Facing Forward management committee since 2009. He has been actively involved in many aspects of community development for the past twenty years. He is currently employed as the co-ordinator of the Cabra Community Policing Forum, and is particularly interested in the use of Restorative Practices in resolution of community antisocial behaviour and associated issues. Niall is currently a member of the Mediation Institute of Ireland and is a mediation practitioner. He also has a NUI diploma in Youth Justice.

Anne Mandal is current  Chair of Facing Forward. She has an M. A. Degree in Mediation and Conflict Intervention from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at Maynooth University. This led to her interest in Restorative Justice and  the great benefits it can bring to the community and particularly to those who have been touched by harm. She is a solicitor and a certified member of the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland and Dublin Community Mediation.