Previous Speakers: Shane Downer ArcAdoption

2 August, 2015 First Sunday Meeting, our speaker was Shane Downer of ArcAdoption.

Chief Executive: Shane Downer

The development of Arc is led by Shane Downer. Shane holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, and previously acted as the interim CEO of the International Adoption Association (IAA). As Interim CEO, Shane promoted the development of both a new adoption assessment agency (Pathways to Adoption), and this new mediation agency – Arc, in response to the needs of the intercountry adoption sector in Ireland.

Shane’s role is to establish, and develop Arc Adoption to be a world class adoption agency. He will oversee the design and development of all services; be responsible for the acquisition of funding and for financial control of the agency; for recruiting, training and managing all staff; and for ensuring that Arc Adoption operates in as transparent a manner as possible.

Shane will also drive the development of Country Programmes, including the establishment of Arc offices and teams in Countries of Origin, and will lead all Arc communications to ensure that our ethos and mission are clearly understood, and that our work is recognised.