Communications Committee

Terms of Reference:


isabel austIsabel Aust

Isabel Aust is a Research and Training Specialist with Quality Matters and an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar at the School of Communications at Dublin City University. She is a proud former Access student, and a graduate of Dublin City University, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. Her professional background is in teaching in further and higher education, and in front line services working with people who are experiencing complex trauma, homelessness, and drug use. She is an advocate and trainer for Trauma Informed Care in Ireland and is currently training in Restorative Practice.


Darren Bracken 

Darren Bracken has worked in the technology sector for 10 years. Serving in roles across social media companies and specialising in Trust and Safety policies. He has a Degree in Business Management. Darren is a Tallaght native who has been involved in community activism since he was a teenager through the Killinarden Community Centre Youth Project.

Darren has a keen interest in early intervention when it comes to the development of young people. Darren currently lives in Tallaght with his wife and three daughters.


Sean O’Neill

Sean O’Neill has worked in sales and marketing for over 15 years. Having completed a BA in Journalism as a mature student and worked as a freelance journalist, Sean has a passion for both communications and adult education. Sean currently works for Bloomsbury Publishing helping with book promotions in the Irish market. Having recently completed an MBA specialising in marketing, Sean has obtained a range of expertise involving strategic planning. A Tallaght native with three young children, Sean is keenly interested in the topics of education and learning in the community.


In Attendance:

  • Marian Quinn (CEO, CDI);
  • Rebecca Birney, (Social Media Coordinator, CDI);
  • Meadhbh Ryan, (Training Officer, CDI).

CDI team members to join the group as appropriate.

The Communications Committee will meet quarterly to:

  • Develop and implement a communications strategic plan which is in line with and supports the goals of the organisations strategy 2021-2024;
  • The communications strategy will be underpinned by the vision, mission, and values of CDI;
  • Set targets, monitor progress on this plan and realign goals accordingly;
  • Advise on communications activities;
  • Support the development of effective links, networks and resources;
  • Advise and guide CDI’s communications function;
  • Advise on progressing any actions decided;
  • Identify potential barriers and solutions;
  • Identify and maximise PR, advocacy, lobbying opportunities;
  • Consolidate and enhance brand and branding.


The Communications Committee will:

  • Report to the Board on quarterly, annual and three year targets, progress and issues arising and any additional information;
  • Make recommendations to the Board.

The Communications Committee will consider the communications activities to include:

  • Internal and external
  • Print
  • Digital
  • Website
  • Lobbying
  • Radio
  • Social media