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Meet the new ICOS team

In 2016, Louise Staunton and Colin Tannam left ICOS to take up positions in the international offices of two Irish universities and Dave Moore decided to return to education to pursue postgraduate studies. They had each been with ICOS for a number of years and will be greatly missed. We wish them all the best in the future.

A whole new Fellowship team has now started at ICOS, and they have been working hard to help all of the 2016 fellows to settle in. Find out more about the new team below.


Shannette Budhai

Shannette joins the ICOS team as the new Programme and Communications Officer. She most recently worked with Comhlámh overseeing the  development of the Code of Good Practice auditing tool for volunteer sending agencies working in international development. She has a keen interest in immigration matters and will step into Colin’s role as ICOS’ immigration liaison officer.


Emma Dwyer

Emma has joined ICOS as the Programme and Training Manager and is responsible for the operational management of the Fellowship Programme.  With a background in international development, Emma has worked with the UN in Malawi and the Irish  Department of Foreign Affairs in New York and most recently was the Executive Director of an Irish non-profit organisation called Irish Rule of Law International.


Derrie Murray

Derrie comes to ICOS from a youth charity called Future Voices. Before that he worked and studied at Trinity College Dublin in the political science department, and he also has experience working as an English teacher. In addition to looking after the current fellows, Derrie will also be responsible for staying in touch with Fellowship alumni, so if you want to get in touch you can email him today at He would love to hear from you!