Staff, Board & Partnerships


RichardCarson (2)   Richard Carson, CEO

Richard Carson became an ACET care volunteer at the age of 21, subsequently led the Education and Training projects and has been CEO since 2012. He has qualifications in a wide-range of areas including Pharmacology, Education, Management of Community and Voluntary Organisations, Health Promotion and Intercultural Theology. These include a prize-winning Master’s dissertation for Trinity College Dublin on HIV Prevention. Richard has received numerous community awards and nominations for his work with Migrant-Led Churches as well as with the LGBT community and is a member of a number of local and national bodies. He lives in Dublin with his wife and 3 young boys.

Lynn  Lynn Caldwell, Administrator

Lynn has been administrator for the Dublin Film Festival and Creative Arts Europe and currently runs the ACET office. She has training in Data Protection, Volunteer Management, and many aspects of Social Media. She holds a BA from the University of Victoria and is a freelance writer, leading creative writing workshops internationally. She is a Canadian living in Dublin with her husband and two children.

IMG_3820 (2)  Hansi Chisnall, Family Support Worker

Hansi was a youth volunteer for ACET in 2007 before joining the staff as Family & Youth Support Coordinator in 2013. Her working background includes volunteering with organisations such as Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Bodywhys, Release Prison Partnership, Alternatives to Violence Project, and the Irish Foster Care Association. Hansi has a variety of qualifications in areas such as psychology, early childhood education, coaching, keyworking & care planning, drugs counselling, restorative practice and is currently working towards qualifying as a psychotherapist through IICP. Originally from Colorado, USA, she lives in Wicklow with her husband.

IMG_0432  Terrie Colman-Black, Co-founder, Quilt Group and Staff Support

Terrie Colman-Black is one of the founder members of ACET: she approached ACET during its inception in the UK proposing the service for Dublin. Terrie is driven by passion and a firm belief in empowering those around her. Her role in ACET developed over the years, especially in care. She has run the quilt group since 1993 and provides supervision to care staff. Her other passions include the arts, especially music. She is married and has two daughters.

FB197AE0-2F60-42EE-9BF6-B851AD0BAA35  Olivia Corbett, Adult Support Worker 

Part of the ACET team since 2011, Olivia’s role encompasses a client-centered approach and empowering individuals through care planning and key working. A graduate in Social Policy and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, her studies focused on areas of social injustice, inequality and public and social policy. Olivia’s background is comprised of a variety of community-based work with organisations including the Canal Communities Intercultural Centre, AkiDwA, Ruhama, Suas Educational Development and Foroige. She is a trained counsellor and psychotherapist, working toward accreditation with the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.



Chipo Harper, Migrant Plus Support Worker


Chipo has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has experience of delivering mobile HIV testing and working with families and those living with HIV in Zimbabwe. Chipo lives with her family in Ballinteer and is a mentor at her local GAA club.




Yvon Luky, Faith and Ethnic Communities Worker


Luky has over twenty years of experience working with minority ethnic communities in Ireland, including with his own Minority Health and Wellbeing Initiative. He has a Masters in Public Health from UCD and a degree in Digital Technology from DIT and has been central to the development of the Plateforme des Églises Francophones d’Irlande including with his own church, La Grace in Dublin.

1929076_1110678288166_5613635_n  Vivienne Morrow-Murtagh, Co-founder and Counsellor

Vivienne is a counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with over 20 years of experience working on health issues among vulnerable populations. She is accredited with the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and is also a trained Imago therapist and a certified trauma therapist. She founded ACET’s Education & Training work and currently provides counselling and supervision support to clients and staff.





Prof. Samuel McConkey (chair) leads the clinical infectious disease services at Beaumont hospital and at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, and is the clinical lead for the sexual health services in Monaghan, Dundalk and Drogheda. He is head of the department of Tropical Medicine and International Health at RCSI.





Juliet Amamure is a development worker with an MSC in Development studies and an MSC in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Agriculture, with a keen interest in advocating and promoting social justice and global health, holistic and alternative medicine. A Social Entrepreneur Ireland (SEI) awardee in 2009 for her effort to advocate and create awareness on HIV issues in Ireland, she has also won a World Refugee Day Award for promoting health and advocating for people seeking international protection in Ireland. Juliet is a motivational speaker.




Dr Ebun Joseph is an intercultural consultant and lectures on race, migration, social policy and equality. She is the module coordinator at University College Dublin of the first Black Studies course in Ireland and is a career development consultant at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ebun has a Masters from Maynooth University in Adult Guidance and a Professional Diploma in Counselling. She also founded the African Scholars Association Ireland AfSAI, and the Unforgettable Women’s Network.



Tony MacCarthaigh led the Rialto Community Drug Team for many years and was chair of the local community Drugs Task Force. He is now retired but is still active within his community.




Karen Thompson (company secretary) grew up in Northern Ireland and has been living in Dublin for over 20 years, apart from spending 18 months living in Bolivia with her husband where they were served with the mission agency Latin Link. She now mainly spends her time looking after their three boys and has recently returned to work part time as a solicitor.



Partnerships & Collaborations

As well as the activities of our Core Staff Team and volunteers, ACET operates a range of partnerships and collaborations across Dublin with statutory and community bodies which further our vision and mission:

Acts of Compassion Projects, led by Bishop Amos Ngugi, deliver a range of supports to marginalised members of New Communities from their base in the North East Inner City of Dublin.  ACET has had the privilege of partnering with Acts of Compassion on our work with asylum seekers and church leaders over the past seven years. We currently partner with Bishop Ngugi in his one-to-one supports of vulnerable migrants which improve mental health and provide a referral pathway for those who have fallen through the gap of other more mainstream services. This partnership is being further developed with the support of HSE – Social Inclusion.

Suaimhneas is a recovery house in Dublin which provides residential Stage 4/5 support for women in addiction recovery. This house run by Depaul Ireland in partnership with ACET Ireland is funded by the HSE Addiction Services and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive.

The Talbot Centre is the longest established drug prevention and education service for children, young people and their families in Ireland. Operating in the North Inner City of Dublin, this HSE initiative offers support, advocacy, brief interventions, family work, substance/drug education, prison visits, family therapy, recreational activities and counselling. ACET administers the Education Worker post which builds the capacity of local schools, Youth Reach centres and community workers to deliver Drug Education.

ACET Ireland’s story began in 1992 out of relationship with ACET Northern Ireland. We are delighted to continue this special relationship through the Parent/Teen Communication course delivered by the ACET NI staff to leaders in Migrant-Led churches. This Level 2 Open College Network course addresses a range of topics including understanding teenage development, empathetic listening and talking to your child about relationships and sex. It is the first of its kind to be tailored and targeted for parents whose own experience of their teenagers years took place in a very different cultural context to that of their children.

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