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.
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.
Samantha is an Events Officer 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.