Annie Barry

Annie is a teacher since 2011 in Chéim ar Chéim, a probation educational centre in Moyross Limerick for young adults,  She is passionate about a holistic approach in education promoting and supporting positive behaviour in School.   She recently completed a Postgrad Diploma in Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick in Special Educational Needs. Currently she is doing a course in Trauma-Informed Care.

Annie has been a Restorative Practice practitioner for 7 years and trained as a trainer with IIRP in 2014 and with CDI in 2017.  She is a practicing Restorative Trainer and Facilitator.




Andy Battell

Andy worked for many years as a Training Consultant with both the NHS and Social Services in the London and South-East England areas. He devised and delivered training, to staff working with people with learning disabilities, and worked directly with service users themselves, He also coached staff to work, using pro-active approaches, with service-users who displayed behaviour that seriously challenged services. 

Having moved to Waterford in 1999, Andy managed The Pathways Project for 11 years, at the Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service, providing mentoring supports and Progression Programmes to Early School Leavers. He then managed the School Completion Programme (SCP) na Siuire, in Waterford City and South Kilkenny, for 7 years.

In 2011, Andy became a Certified Trainer, with the International Institute of Restorative Practice (IIRP) and in 2016, a Certified Trainer of Trainers. In 2014, he co-founded the Waterford Restorative Practice Network.

Andy joined CDI in 2017, as a Quality Specialist and has facilitated CDI’s  RP training and training of trainers’ courses, both face-to-face and online; notably, with schools. Between 2019 and 2021, he was involved in the writing, co-delivery and assessment, of an online Professional Training in Restorative Practices (TReP) course, as part of an Erasmus+ programme.

For the last 10 years, Andy has also, devised and delivered a number of QQI Level 4, 5 and 6 courses, with asylum seekers and refugees, in Waterford City.



James Bowes

James has many years’ experience of working with marginalised communities with a focus on working with ex-prisoners resettling back into their community. He has considerable work experience in supporting individuals, groups and communities to address anger and addiction issues which stems from the impacts of neglect and deprivation. His work includes facilitating self-help groups with the Pathways Centre which supports the social and economic re-integration of former prisoners. He has worked with Turas Bluebell to support and facilitate groups of men and women who are stabilising on methadone and going into treatment. He works with men and women survivors of industrial abuse in the Christine Buckley Centre.  He has spent several years teaching mature adults’ law and social studies in several centres including the Henrietta Adult Community Education (HACE).

James is a highly experienced Practitioner with the CDI and a Lead Facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project Ireland. The latter is a training programme enabling participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. He has experience and expertise in working with young people at risk in Oberstown Campus by supporting and empowering them to make positive choices for their lives. Having studied Social Sciences, he went on to complete his Undergraduate in Law, Masters in Adult and Community Education (Maynooth University) and is a is a practicing Restorative Practice Trainer and Facilitator. James is currently employed as the Restorative Practice Coordinator in Belvedere Youth Club in the North Inner City.



 Dorothée Potter-Daniau

Dorothée Potter-Daniau is an experienced Restorative Practice trainer and consultant in schools, Youth and Community organisations.
She was Coordinator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Ireland from 2015 to 2022. AVP Ireland is a community of volunteers who run experiential and peer-led workshops in conflict resolution and Restorative Practices, mostly in Irish Prisons but also in schools and in the community. She is also an AVP facilitator with many years of experience working with people who are incarcerated.
Her first career was in teaching French Literature and Classical Studies in various Secondary Schools in France and in the Lycée International Samuel Beckett in Dublin. She holds an MA in Classical Studies, a Higher Diploma of Education and an MA in Online Courses and e-training Design. For 15 years she taught students of diverse backgrounds and developed innovative tools to improve their learning experience and well-being.
Her work for CDI included co-writing an online Professional Training in Restorative Practices (TReP) as part of an Erasmus international partnership and directing and co-producing ‘Circles of connection’ podcast series about RP. She is also delivering CDI’s RP training in schools and organisations and training trainers.
She is currently undertaking a PhD in Political Science, Sociology and Education in University of Galway (UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre) with a focus on democratic education and youth participatory research methods.



Joe Power

Joe Power is a Restorative Practice Development Officer for Limerick since 2018 working part-time in this  role. Joe has previously worked 18 years as a residential childcare worker, which was a formative experience as regards understanding challenging behaviour and the need for relationships to be at the heart of any intervention. Joe has been a restorative practitioner for five years and a RP trainer with CDI for the past 18 months (also certified trainer with SynRJ). Joe has worked with over 20 schools, youth organisations and residential care facilities. Joe holds a particular interest in trauma and trauma informed care and the need for this to be part of the “restorative package”.

Most recently in 2020, Joe worked part-time with Le Cheile Restorative Justice project and utilized the skills and practices in the criminal justice area, working with young offenders on probation. Joe writes a regular blog through the Limerick RP Project.  Joe is also certified in Reality Therapy, Narrative4 story exchange and LIFT Ireland facilitation.


Jean Gilmore

Jean is an experienced Restorative Practices (RP) Trainer and works with CDI to design and deliver RP training, including Training of RP Trainers and Summer Courses for Teachers.  She has delivered RP training in many schools to teachers, parents and students.  Jean is also a facilitator in the Alternative to Violence (AVP) Project and has facilitated training in RP and AVP for vulnerable young people in a variety of settings.

Jean has worked as School Completion Programme (SCP) Manager in Tallaght for the last 11 years.  She has a demonstrated history of designing and developing evidenced based (in school and out of school) programmes and interventions for young people (4-18yrs) who may be ‘at risk’ of leaving school early. Jean has been instrumental in bringing restorative practices to all the schools within the School Completion Programme cluster she manages.

Jean holds a BSc. (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University London and Certificates in Psychology, Youth Justice, Restorative Practices and Mediation from NUI Maynooth. Jean is also skilled in Mindfulness, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Play & Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.



Susan Kavanagh

Susan Kavanagh trained in Restorative Practices with the IIRP and went on to train as a trainer with CDI, She has been a licensed trainer with them since 2014, is an RP Champion and Trainer of Trainers. She delivers RP Training in the Community, voluntary and statutory sectors and is involved in a number of Restorative Working Groups. She volunteers as a Community Chair of the Restorative Justice Service Offender Reparation Panels and with the Alternative to Violence Project, facilitating workshops in prisons, schools and the wider community. Susan holds a BA Hons in Sociology and Political Science (TCD) and an MA in Art Therapy (CIT)

She has specialised in working psychotherapeutically with children and young People for fifteen years, setting up therapeutic services for a number of School Completion Programmes. As part of the Clinical Team in a specialist Therapeutic Residential Service for Children, Susan has delivered ongoing training to all staff, working with children with complex emotional and behavioural needs. She has worked in collaboration with the Gardaí, staff and young people, to support understanding of and voluntary engagement with Restorative Processes.

She has been delivering Child Protection Training for over a decade, and continues to do so for Barnardos and Sport Ireland. In the sporting sector she has held Safeguarding roles at a national level with Special Olympics Ireland and the GAA.

Susan also delivers Trauma and Attachment informed training (most recently for the Restorative Justice Service, CDI RP Trainers) and on behalf of Barnardos (most recently for DCYA/DCEDI).

Her current focus is on supporting an understanding of Restorative Practices as Trauma and attachment informed, a conscious integration of the two, given their shared ethos and intention.



 Judith Lardner

Judith’s initial introduction to restorative practices came while she was living in the USA. She developed and offered a range of restorative practices to educators, church communities, and businesses in Rochester, NY. More recently she worked for the organization Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PiRI) in Rochester, NY. She is a certified Circle facilitator and Circle facilitator trainer, as well as a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

In 2000 she received a BA in Transpersonal Psychology from Burlington College, Vermont, and in 2008 she received an MA in Liberal Studies from Empire State College, NY. Both of these degrees were independent studies and her experience with this type of study inspired her to develop a Peer Practice model of learning and practice.

Judith returned to live in Kilkenny in 2019. Since March 2020 she has been offering regular online Peer Practice groups in a range of restorative topics. As a long time Buddhist practitioner, she refers to her work as Mindful Communication.



Mick Levens

Mick is an accomplished and highly effective professional educator recognised for experience in school leadership, strategic planning and development, training and public speaking. With over thirty years over working in senior positions in education and local authority work; experience in regulatory work, as a trustee for a national organisation.

Trained in interpersonal and family mediation. Accredited as a restorative justice conference facilitator. A seasoned practitioner in all roles for building strong relationships and facilitating communication between team members or course participants.



Caitlin Lewis 

Caitlin Lewis is a restorative practices trainer and facilitator based in Limerick. She has experience in restorative staff and organisational mentoring, and developed a community of practice for restorative practitioners.  

Caitlin is a researcher on the REPPP Action Research Project (ARP), which works directly with 16 Garda Youth Diversion Project case study sites to examine what constitutes effective relationships between youth justice professionals and young people who are coming in contact with the law. The ARP is a collaboration between REPPP (Research Evidence into Policy, Programmes and Practice) at the School of Law, University of Limerick, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and the Youth Crime Policy and Programmes division of the Irish Youth Justice Service (Department of Justice and Equality). 

Caitlin has previously worked with Limerick Restorative Practices Project, Narrative 4, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, and Amnesty International Ireland. She is currently training to become a forest school leader, and is particularly interested in restorative approaches to environmental and social justice. 



     Jenn Little 

Jenn Little is an RP Champion, trainer, facilitator and coach who brings innovative and creative energy to her work.  Her main focus is individual and community transformation through learning with others.  Her professional skills and experiences have been informed by her RP training and practice and allow her to work effectively with individuals and groups experiencing or seeking change. 

Jenn has thirty years of intentional classroom practice creating optimal learning environments for all learners.  She has designed and facilitated original courses for teenage and adult learners.   She is experienced in range of shared professional learning processes.  She uses action research and reflective practice as a way to enhance her own work and effectiveness. 

Jenn trained as an RP trainer in 2016 and RP Champion in 2019.  She trains students and teachers in RP in her own school and colleagues in other schools.  She is an Associate with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) providing support to schools introducing RP.  She is also a school leadership coach and is working to support and resource colleagues in their roles as school leaders



John Madigan 

John is a Restorative Practices trainer and facilitator based in Dublin. He has been working as a practitioner in RP since 2010 and qualified as an RP trainer in 2013. During this time, he has worked with CDI to facilitate the training of adults and young people in Restorative Practices in both the voluntary and formal education sectors. Over the years, John has built significant experience, knowledge and expertise with regard to best practice in implementing restorative approaches successfully in primary education and youth work settings.

John worked with Foróige as a Youth Officer in Springfield and Fettercairn in West Tallaght for 5 years. During this time, he and his colleagues engaged with CDI in facilitating the ongoing training and support of staff, volunteers and youth leaders in RP. He went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Primary Education in 2015.

Since qualifying as a teacher, he has been an advocate for the undoubted potential of Restorative Practices in formal educational settings. This has been with particular focus on empowering schools to develop a positive school culture and an enhanced focus on relationships and well-being for both adults and young people in the school community

From 2018, John has also been involved in the development and facilitation of RP training with the PDST (Professional Development for Teachers) for primary and post primary schools across the country.



Anne Marie Moylan

Anne Marie Moylan is a principal of a large multicultural coeducational Primary School in East Cork where her school and community are enjoying the benefits of their restorative practice approach. She is predominantly based in Munster. She has provided RP training with the PDST Health and Wellbeing team and also in the Cork Education Centre.

Anne Marie is an executive foundation coach affiliated with ACC and has former training as a mediator.  She is also a qualified mentor, affiliated with the Centre for School Leadership where she mentors newly qualified principals.

Using a blend of almost three decades experience as an educator, along with her life coaching, mentoring and restorative practitioner skills, she is particularly equipped and committed to assisting schools to fine tune their own contextualised SMART plans and form communities of practices.

Anne Marie has a special interest in restorative language, specifically Marshall Rosenberg’s non violent communication approach. She is currently researching and developing this belief in her PhD in Education with UCC.



Kieran O Dwyer

Kieran has been active in the field of restorative practices for over 17 years, initially in the criminal justice system and latterly also in community settings. He is a practicing trainer, facilitator, lecturer, consultant and researcher in the area, and the author of several conference papers and book chapters on the topic. His contributions include a quality assurance framework for restorative practice, published in 2014 (available here), and a co-authored chapter on restorative justice in the Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology, (2015). He is a member of CDI’s panel of RP trainers and has delivered training at various levels in diverse settings.

He is a member of the steering group of Restorative Practices Ireland, and a Board member of Restorative Justice Services Ltd where he developed a training video and delivered training to panel members. Kieran is also a volunteer chair of offender reparation panels, and he completed a PhD degree in University College Dublin in 2008 by research into the restorative justice programme for young offenders under the Garda Diversion Programme. He is also an associate lecturer with the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. 



Nicola Reeves

Nicola has worked a secondary school teacher for many years in different environments, from international, private establishments in small to medium
groups, to large classes in an inner-city school.

She has been involved with Cuidiú, the national organisation for mothers and babies since 1997, and became a volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor within the organisation in 1999. In 2010 she trained and began to work as a tutor for Breastfeeding Counsellors in the community. She has been President of Cuidiú since 2018. 

After discovering Non Violent Communication in 2006, she started using the techniques and practices in school and in her breastfeeding counselling.  She has attended workshops, courses and regular practice groups. Through her knowledge of NVC, she developed an interest in Restorative Practices, first using circles in class in 2011.  In 2014 she completed the summer course for teachers and trained as a trainer the following autumn.

Since May 2018 she has been training groups on behalf of CDI, supporting new trainers and working with CDI to connect with interested parties. She recently participated in her first AVP workshop in Mountjoy prison and is looking forward to more. Nicola is passionate about RP, particularly in its impact on students and teachers, and its potential for resolving conflict and reducing harm in communities. 



Bernie Shone

Having taught in several schools in Ireland, U.K. and  the Middle East and as principal in Grangecon N.S. for five years, Bernie is currently Deputy Principal in St. Brigid’s N.S., Manor Kilbride.

She is an advocate of and passionate about a holistic approach in education and has trained in a range of modalities including primary movement, promoting and supporting positive behaviour in the primary school, developing collegiality in a primary school; developing mindfulness and happiness in primary school children, as well as being a Restorative Practice practitioner and trainer.