Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2014
Diarmuid ÓNéill was CEO of Retrak, an international development organisation working with street children, until October 2015. Retrak works in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, DRC, Malawi & Zimbabwe with the aim of creating an environment where no child is forced to live on the street. During his seven year tenure the organisation grew from working with around 1,000 beneficiaries to over 17,000.
Previously, he was a research scientist working on global warming at Edinburgh University investigating natural levels of greenhouse gases and with a team of scientists designing new technology to run automated experiments in a variety of tropical and forested locations. A career change followed that where he worked with community organisations and marginalised young people in Brazil and later, in Bradford. Where the use of sport, art and accredited informal education was used to help young people gain qualifications & employment.
From 2004 to 2008 he was Chair of Q2, a regeneration company that dispersed European & UK government funding to locally run projects in Bradford. He has also worked in IT with Xerox & IBM; and consulted for charities such as Tearfund and The Lighthouse Group in the areas of fundraising and strategy.
Away from work he enjoys cycling, swimming, squash, scuba diving (when he can) and the company of friends.
Current principal role: Self employed management consultant
Current principal organisation: Various
Other leadership role 1: CEO
Other organisation 1: Retrak
Research: Is the Charity Sector fit for purpose?
Research topics: Campaigning; Charity; Finance; Fundraising; Governance; Impact; International; Leadership; Policy; Sustainability; Values;
Secondment host: Women for Women International