WIP's Core Team

Covering our work in Belfast, Dublin and DC
Bryan Patten

Bryan Patten

Executive Director

Bryan Patten is WIP’s Executive Director, primarily based out of our Dublin and Belfast offices.
Prior to joining WIP, Bryan was a founding member of the leading educational non-profit Suas and started the Bridge21 – a leading example of the use of technology to empower and engage.
Bryan has received a BA and MSc from Trinity College Dublin.

Claire Rumpsa

Claire Rumpsa

Director of Leadership Programs

Claire is WIP’s Director of Leadership Programs, based in our Washington, DC office.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Claire earned her LLB in Law and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, and after a period in South Africa working on an HIV/AIDS education program and volunteering at a hospice, she went on to complete an M.Sc. in International Development at University College Dublin.
An Alumna of the WIP Class of 2004, she co-founded our sister organization SAWIP during her time in South Africa. Prior to joining WIP’s DC team, Claire has been managing a water, hygiene and sanitation program in rural Kenya.

Ronan Lynagh

Ronan Lynagh

Program Director

Ronan is WIP’s Program Director, based out of Dublin office.
A teacher by profession, Ronan has worked across the education and non-profit sector in Ireland over the last ten years with organisations such as Young Social Innovators, Shine Ireland and the National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Innovation Academy at University College Dublin, in tackling some of Ireland’s most challenging social issues.
Ronan is passionate about creating open, inclusive, and resilient learning spaces as a means to bringing people and ideas together working towards positive and lasting social change.

Jonny Elliott

Jonny Elliott

Alumni Officer

Jonny Elliott is an Alumni Officer at WIP, based out of our Belfast office and an Alum of the WIP Class of 2012.
Jonny is also Graduate Medical Student at Queen’s University Belfast, having previously achieved a BSc in Geography and MSc in Public Health from the same institution.
Outside of his professional interests, Jonny is a member of the board of directors of the Belfast Beltway Boxing Project NI and volunteers for a number of different charities including International Justice Mission and Tearfund. He is an active member of his local church in East Belfast and recently helped organise a local TEDx event at Stormont.