Meet the Team

Jen Hesnan
Jen Hesnan

TechSpace Programme Manager

Jen Hesnan

 National TechSpace Programme Manager. Jen is an experienced and published youth arts development manager and creative facilitator, having spent the last ten years’ engaging young people, educators and youth organisations through creative arts from various cultural backgrounds. Jen develops the community of partners that support the TechSpace creative education programme. She supports the TechSpace Team at Camara Education Ireland to design and develop cirriculum through digital creativity and STEAM skillsets. Operating on a vision for growing the provision of the creative technology education to reach all young people in Ireland, she’s produced large scale youth events for Camara Ireland such as ESB Creative Tech Fest and TechFéile.  An experienced trainer in specialised programmes and facilitation techniques, including TechSpace as Gaeilge through her native tongue, the Irish language. 

Seamus Ó Fátharta
Seamus Ó Fátharta

Comhordaitheoir Clár TechSpace

Seamus Ó Fátharta

Seamus is the Comhordatheoir Clár TechSpace go náisúinta, he is usually found in the West of Ireland developing and designing partnership projects that bring the Irish Language element of the TechSpace programme to life. He operates to the forefront of new technology for young people in Ireland, you will also see him traveling the country supporting Cluster Coordinators and the Clár TechSpace Education Team to develop and deliver training for teachers and youth workers through Irish. 

Miriam Harte

STEAM Education Officer

Miriam Harte

Miriam Harte

STEAM Education Officer

Miriam Harte

Miriam is our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) genius, she develops, designs, researches and supports the growth of exciting and creative ways to facilitate STEAM activities and projects with young people. She encourages TechSpace network members to explore the fundamentals of STEAM and to showcase the creative minds of the future. 

Marianne Checkley
Marianne Checkley

CEO Camara Education Ireland

Marianne Checkley

Marianne enjoys working with the team in Camara Ireland with strategic vision, a positive outlook and a sustainable focus. Marianne has over 20 years experience in the social sector with a focus on technology based innovation for youth development and education. She loves working on creative social change initiatives and has held senior and leadership roles and before Camara Ireland was Founder and CEO of iScoil. She is also currently a voluntary Board Director of the Social Finance Foundation.

Ben Dardis
Ben Dardis

Sales and Marketing Manager

Ben Dardis

Ben manages sales and marketing for Camara Education Irelands supply of refurbished and repurposed hardware for education and community organisations. He holds the key to your IT and Software enquires, he’s fast, efficient and helpful. If it’s within his means, he’ll help with your Camara IT and Infrastructure. 

Paul Amond

Computer Science Coordinator

Paul Amond

Paul Amond

Computer Science Coordinator

Paul Amond

A youth work specialist with a computer science focus, Paul works with Youth Workers nationally to support clubs and projects on how to set up and develop their TechSpaces. 

Jules Ní Chonchobhair
Jules Ní Chonchobhair

Oifigeach Oideachais STEAM

Jules Ní Chonchobhair

Jules has a background in audio engineering and all things computers. She loves to find new and creative ways to bring STEAM education to all. You’ll find her creating new STEAM education resources for Clár TechSpace or working on an army of robots. She’s particularly interested in working to create an inclusive environment in STEAM education. 

Leigha Dugdale

National Digital Education Officer

Leigha Dugdale

Leigha Dugdale

National Digital Education Officer

Leigha Dugdale

Leigha Dugdale is the National TechSpace Digital Education Officer. With a background in youth work, digital design and delivering STEAM projects with young people, Leigha is a ball fo energy that will inspire you to get Digital Creativity and STEAM activities running in your youth project or school. 

Upcoming Opportunities

Annual events and training

Upcoming Opportunities

Lots of opportunities for Youth Workers, Volunteers Teachers and Young People.

Start to get in touch with your local Cluster Coordinator or TechSpace Education Officer for more information or further support on how you can become a TechSpace Educator and help young people in Ireland to create, invent and inspire! 

Join Your Local TechSpace

Find out about a TechSpace near you -

Join Your Local TechSpace

Find out about your local youth organisation or school supporting a TechSpace Educator to provide opportunities for you to engage in creative Digital and STEM projects.