Meet the team

Meet some of our managers and team leaders who manage our services on a daily basis

Our managers are supported by the head office team.

Meet the head office team

Kathryn Holly

Group CEO

Kathryn is the Group CEO at Gateway Residential Care. Kathryn has over 20 years’ experience in senior management in the healthcare and social care setting. Kathryn has an MBA from Smurfit Business School and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. Kathryn also serves as a board member for the Pieta charity.

Dr Maurice Fenton

Director of Services

Maurice has worked in children’s residential services for over thirty years having commenced as a volunteer in 1990. Maurice holds qualifications in social care, youth and community studies and childhood studies and completed his PHD at Queens University in 2018. He has published several books and journal articles addressing topics related to children’s residential care and aftercare. He has been a member of the Social Care Workers Registration Board at CORU since 2015.

Nicola Rooney

Senior Services Manager

Nicola has 16 years of experience of working in various areas of social care including youth and community and the disability sectors. Nicola joined Gateway Residential Care in 2009 as a care worker and has assumed leadership and management roles in Gateway Organisation since 2013. Nicola holds a BA (Hons) in Social Care Studies from Sligo Institute of Technology.

Brendan McCawley

Senior Manager

Brendan has worked in residential care for close to 20 years and joined Gateway Residential Care in 2013 as a care worker and became a house manager in 2014. Brendan holds a BA in Leisure and Recreation from Glasgow University. Brendan leads initiatives related to staff recruitment and retention and also coordinates recreational activities and community integration for young people in the care of Gateway Residential.

Nikiwe Dube

Psychologist

Nikiwe Dube joined Gateway Residential Care in 2019 and provides psychology services to the children in care and staff members. Nikiwe holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe and is currently completing his PhD thesis with the University of South Africa. Nikiwe is registered as clinical psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Rachel Hegarty

Quality Coordinator

Rachel joined Gateway Residential Care in 2013 as a care worker and was promoted to the role of deputy manager in 2018. She was appointed as Quality Coordinator in 2020 and is responsible for overseeing compliance with regulation and residential care standards. Rachel graduated from Sligo Institute of Technology with a BA (Hons) in Social Studies.

Francis Mahon

Training Manager

Francis joined Gateway Residential Care in 2008 as a care worker and was appointed as training manager in 2017. Francis holds a BA (Hons) in Social Studies from Sligo Institute of Technology. Francis is also a certified trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, the Three Pillars Model of Care and Manual Handling.

Shane Donnelly

Group CFO

Prior to joining Gateway Residential Care, Shane worked for 10 years in Glen Dimplex in a number of strategic and commercial roles. He began his career in KPMG where he qualified for his chartered accountancy qualification. He holds a BA in Accounting and Finance and Masters in Accounting from Dublin City University.

Join our team

Our team members are recruited, trained and supported to build positive relationships with children in a safe and secure environment. Our staff are fully trained to support young people in achieving their potential, and to overcome trauma, neglect, and abuse. Working together, we help the young people in our care learn to live fulfilled lives – both during and after their time with us. If you want to be a part of our team, click the button below.

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