WIP's Core TeamCovering our work in Belfast, Dublin and DC
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.
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.
Director of Communications
Andrew is WIP’s Director of Communications, based in New York.
Originally from Belfast, Andrew received an MA and MSc (in Psychology and International Politics) from the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on political activity within immigrant and diaspora populations.
Prior to joining WIP, Andrew was a senior political advisor in the UK Parliament, managing the SDLP’s office in the House of Commons. He was awarded a Parliamentary Researcher of the Year award for his work on policy areas including international development, the reform of the financial services industry and legacy issues related to the Northern Ireland peace process.
Samantha is a Development Associate at WIP, based out of our Washington, DC office.
Samantha earned her Bachelor of Science in Equine Business Management with a focus in International Business from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Outside of working in the office, Samantha’s family is also a host family for the WIP participants. They hosted their sixth student for the program during the summer of 2017. She is also an avid equestrian and, when not in the office, can generally be found at the barn riding, training, and showing dressage horses.
Heather McCormick is the Assistant Director of our Leadership Programs, with special responsibility for our New York summer program.
Based out of our Belfast office, she is an Alumna of the WIP Class of 2008 and has served two terms on WIP’s Board of Directors.
Heather is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh. where she completed an MA (Hons) in Public Policy & Politics.
She has held a variety of roles with Accenture in Belfast, Dublin and London over the past seven years, most recently working as the Marketing Manager for Accenture’s global centre for innovation ‘The Hub’.
Prior to her roles in Accenture, Heather had worked as a Parliamentary Researcher in the House of Commons and as a youth worker with Morningside Baptist Church.
Olivia Mac Donald
Olivia Mac Donald is a member of the WIP Class of 2018 Management Team, and is an Alumna of our Class of 2014.
Olivia received her BA in Accounting from Waterford Institute of Technology, and is completing her ACA Qualification from Chartered Accountants Ireland. She is an Assurance Associate with PwC.
Frequently recognised for her achievements, Olivia was appointed ‘Young Chartered Star’ by Chartered Accountants Ireland and has served as President of her local chapter of Junior Chamber International.
Rachel Powell is a member of the WIP Class of 2018 Management Team, and is an Alumna of our Class of 2013.
Rachel received a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Masters of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen’s University Belfast.
Active in student politics, Rachel is just completing a term as the Vice-President (Equality and Diversity) for Queen’s Students Union and has been elected to serve a term as the Students Union’s first Postgraduate Officer.