Our People

The Hygiene Bank Ireland is made up of a coalition of volunteers who are passionate about tackling hygiene poverty. Everyone who supports The Hygiene Bank Ireland with their time, does so working around jobs, families and other commitments. We are truly grateful for the support of our volunteers.

Head Office

Rosie McDonagh

Co-Founder & Head of Operations

Ciára Dalton

Co-Founder & Head of Marketing and Campaigns

Sorcha Killian

Co-Founder & Head of Finance

Rhys Doyle

Head of IT

Rosie McDonagh

Co-Founder & Head of Operations

Rosie set up The Hygiene Bank Dublin in 2019 and has developed it from a small community group to a national organisation that supports hundreds of individuals. Rosie has been involved in recruiting and supporting THBI volunteers across Ireland to tackle hygiene poverty and support those in financial need.Rosie uses her previous experience as a fundraiser and from her day job as a grants executive to raise funds so additional products can be purchased to provide further support. Rosie became passionate about hygiene poverty when learning about the work of The Hygiene Bank in the UK and saw a gap in provision in Ireland. The more she speaks to Community Partner organisations, the more she sees the need for the work that The Hygiene Bank Ireland does.

Ciára Dalton

Co-Founder & Head of Marketing and Campaigns

Ciára joined the Dublin team in January 2020. Since then, she has gotten more and more involved. During the initial lockdowns, Ciára took over a lot of the logistical side of the project and was responsible for collecting and dropping donations to our community partners. Ciára also set out to grow social media presence for The Hygiene Bank in Ireland. Ciára is now responsible for the main Hygiene Bank Ireland social media pages and creates the marketing materials for any national campaigns.Ciára is also Chair of the Board.Ciára has a Bachelor of Civil Law, a masters in International Human Rights Law and is currently studying to become a barrister at the Kings Inns. She has a passion for human rights and equality.

Sorcha Killian

Co-Founder & Head of Finance

Sorcha joined the Hygiene Bank in November 2019. With a background in financial management she took on the Treasurer role and works alongside all Ireland locations helping them to organise their budgets and plan their year. She is also responsible for reporting all production collections and donations to our various charity partners.Sorcha is passionate about startup organisations and works for a venture firm that helps startups transform public services. She particularly loves medtech and edtech industries as she feels they make tangible differences to the lives of everyone

Rhys Doyle

Head of IT

Rhys joined The Hygiene Bank Ireland in February 2021. Tasked with developing and maintaining the IT environment of an ever growing organisation Rhys hit the ground running. He developed and continues to develop the THBI website always with a view to expanding our reach and informing the Irish public on the issue of hygiene poverty.

Rhys has a Bachelors in Physics from DCU and is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics. He is believes that technology can bring about real change in our society and is focused on doing all he can to bring about a world that is equal for all.

Board of Trustees

Ciára Dalton

Chair | Trustee

Tom Poynter

Trustee

Lizzy Hall

Trustee

Matt Press

Trustee

Ciára Dalton

Chair | Trustee

Ciára joined the Dublin team in January 2020. Since then, she has gotten more and more involved. During the initial lockdowns, Ciára took over a lot of the logistical side of the project and was responsible for collecting and dropping donations to our community partners. Ciára also set out to grow social media presence for The Hygiene Bank in Ireland. Ciára is now responsible for the main Hygiene Bank Ireland social media pages and creates the marketing materials for any national campaigns.Ciára is also Chair of the Board.Ciára has a Bachelor of Civil Law, a masters in International Human Rights Law and is currently studying to become a barrister at the Kings Inns. She has a passion for human rights and equality.

Tom Poynter

Trustee

Tom Poynter has over 20 years of experience in building global and domestic brands through strategy, advertising and digital transformation. Tom has fulfilled many CEO positions within the advertising agency landscape and is currently CEO of the creative agency Southpaw working with brands such as Honda, YMCA, Coty, Diageo, Brown Forman, Molson Coors and Ahmad Tea.

Lizzy Hall

Trustee

Late August 2018, Lizzy watched the Ken Loach film ‘I Daniel Blake’. Moved by the scene where a single mother is caught shop lifting for basic toiletries, Lizzy sent a WhatsApp to friends saying she was collecting items to take to her local foodbank. Driven by a belief that everyone in society deserves to feel clean and dignified; that no-one should be left struggling to wash their hair, brush their teeth, or be unable to change their baby's nappy as often as needed because of low wages, high housing costs, benefit cuts, illness, or bereavement, Lizzy set up The Hygiene Bank.In October 2019 she was proud to receive The Woman Of The Year, Boots sponsored Wellness Warrior for her work with The Hygiene Bank.​Lizzy started her career as an intern in the press office of Action Aid before working for PR company Freud Communications. FMCG agency marketing roles followed before finally becoming Marketing Director of The Carbon Neutral Company and teaching yoga at Holloway Prison. Lizzy then took a long career break to raise her family before being inspired to launch The Hygiene Bank. In 2011 she was suddenly widowed and so has personal appreciation of how life circumstances can change dramatically.

Matt Press

Trustee

Matt has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources in Banking. He has supported various global businesses and been responsible for delivering their HR Strategy including Learning, Org Design, Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Performance Management & Reward. He is currently an HR Director at Barclays Plc.

Matt is married with 2 children and in his free time enjoys a variety of sports including Golf, Tennis, Cycling & Skiing. He is also a qualified Pilot. ​