Elaina Ryan has a background in children’s publishing: she holds an MLitt in Publishing from University of Stirling and is former Managing Editor of Little Island books, where she worked closely with Ireland’s inaugural Laureate na nÓg, Siobhán Parkinson. She is co-Artistic Director, with Niamh Sharkey, of Towers and Tales, the Lismore Story Festival in County Waterford. She joined Children’s Books Ireland in 2013.
Jenny Murray, originally from Co. Sligo, holds a BA arts degree and a HDip in arts administration both from National University Ireland, Galway. She has worked in the arts for over twenty years, and has worked in Children’s Books Ireland in various capacities since 2004. She is currently the Deputy CEO of the organisation.
Programme & Events Manager
Aoife Murray holds an MPhil in Popular Literature from Trinity College. She has worked at Children’s Books Ireland since 2012, working in public relations previously. Aoife lives in Dublin with her husband and son. She is currently Programme and Events Manager at the organisation.
Administrator & Office Manager
A native of County Meath, Ciara has worked with CBI in various roles since 2014. She holds a BA arts degree in Visual Communications from Dublin Institute of Technology and an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University. Ciara currently holds the role of Administrator and Office Manager.
Project Manager Laureate na nÓg
Aingeala worked for many years as a broadcast and print journalist. She holds a BA (NUIM), a Masters in Journalism (DCU), and an MFA in Creative Writing (UCD). Her love of reading and a belief that all children should have equal access to books led her to change career. She has been working with Children’s Books Ireland since January 2017.
Projects & Communications Manager
Daiden O’Regan is from Galway. She holds a BA from National University of Ireland, Galway and an MSc in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier University, working for Scottish publisher Black & White Publishing after graduation. She returned to Ireland to join Children’s Books Ireland in 2018, and is currently Projects and Communications Manager with the organisation.
Marketing & Development Manager
Julie Jones is from Dublin and holds an BSc in Marketing, BA in English and Sociology and PRII Diploma in PR. Julie has worked in marketing and public relations for over 25 years in the areas of financial services, FMCG, professional services and not-for-profit organisations. Julie is the Marketing and Development Manager for Children’s Books Ireland.