our Team


Paula Cobain


Paula originates from Co. Antrim and relocated to Australia with her family in 2013. An experienced Pharmacist, she has worked in a variety of senior management roles in the health sectors of the North & South of Ireland. Paula is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of our community and is excited to join the ISA team in Sydney.


ELSKe Slabbers

Outreach Worker

Originally from Holland, Elske moved with her family to Co. Clare at the age of eight. Elske brings her qualifications and experience in Social Sciences to the role and has hit the ground running taking over the heavy client caseload and assisting with upcoming projects.

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Project Officer

Paula hails from Co. Derry and moved to Sydney over two years ago.  Along with qualifications in Social Sciences and Mental Health, Paula has demonstrable experience of working with charities & community groups in Ireland, Scotland & Sydney.  Paula is keen to deliver projects that will have a positive impact upon the health & welfare of the Irish Australian community residing across Sydney and NSW. 


our Committee


donna mckiernan


Donna is a Service Delivery Director for an outdoor advertising company. Originally from Co. Antrim, Donna has lived in Australia since 2003 and been on the committee since 2013.


harvey james

Vice President

Harvey runs his own company, as an executive and business coach, and comes from New Ross, Co Wexford. He has called Australia home since 1997.


Marian Schaffer


Marian comes from Cork City but has lived in Sydney with her family for many years.


Roisin Trainor

Committee Member

Originally from Draperstown Co. Derry, Roisin was involved with the Agency for more than a few years as the full-time Coordinator bringing energy, maturity and considerable skill to the role. Now moved on to another role, we are delighted that Roisin remains on as a dedicated committee member .


Elizabeth Kenny

Committee Member

Elizabeth is a retired Clinical Nurse Specialist, Child and Family Health, and comes from Co. Offaly. Liz helps run our seniors programs.

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Eoin Scannell


Originally from Cork city, Eoin moved to Sydney 9 years ago. He joined our committee in October 2017. A Chartered Accountant, Eoin brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in large multinational companies in both Ireland and Sydney.