Paul Harkin

Executive Director, Growth and Business Excellence

Paul has 20 years’ experience working in the community sector in Ireland, the UK and Australia.  His previous role with The Benevolent Society included: supporting community-focused services, so that each service understands and is connected to the individual communities in which they are based; understanding their impact; and creating partnerships with others that improve outcomes for clients and communities.

He has engaged with communities to design new solutions to the issues they face, through needs assessment, collaboration and advocacy. Some of these have included: the establishment of social enterprise responses; multi-agency partnerships to tackle significant community disadvantage; community consultation and planning; service design and procurement; social action networks seeking to change views and systems; and innovative solutions to address access issues.



BA Arts, Economics and Mathematics
Masters Community Development

Executive Director since 2019