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29 SEP 2017

TENI Board Election & General Assembly

Please join us for TENI's General Assembly on Saturday 7th October from 3-5pm at the Chocolate Factory. We are excited to launch our annual Activity Report and tell you about the work that we do. This is also your opportunity to tell us what matters to you and what direction you think we should be going. A key part of the General Assembly is the election of new board members. This year we have three spaces to fill. Five passionate, intelligent and qualified people have applied to join TENI's Board of Directors. You can find more out about the candidates below! Any questions regarding the general assembly or the elections can be sent to Voting is now open and will close on Thursday 5th October at 7pm. If you have a valid membership you can vote at the link below:

Here are the Election Candidates 

Pia Janning

Pia holds a degree in Law from University College Cork and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and has particular expertise in policy, research and strategic engagement. She is the Senior Policy and Strategic Alliances Officer with Léargas, the National Agency for Erasmus+ funding in Ireland, where she works across a range of fields, particularly youth participation. Prior to joining Léargas, Pia worked as Research and Policy Officer with the ICCL where she managed a number of projects including the Right of Access to a Lawyer project and the Your Rights. Right Now coalition for Ireland’s second Universal Periodic Review. She has also worked as Legal Officer in the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Team at Amnesty International Ireland where she authored the Bringing ESC Rights Home series and as Human Rights Officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has carried out work for the then Irish Human Rights Commission, the Irish Family Planning Association, the Children’s Legal Centre UK and the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. She recently directed and produced her first human rights documentary La Violencia: The Untold Truths of Guatemala which screened at numerous international film festivals. 

Emily Scanlan

Emily is a MSc qualified, with over 10 years volunteer management and development experience. During her time with ALONE, she shaped strategy to grow corporate donations by 50%. Emily has been a long-time member and supporter of TENI, volunteering at Trans-Fusion, running fundraising events at Spinster, among others. Emily hopes to bring her wealth of financial and fundraising skills to the TENI Board. 

She is skilled marketer, with an Advanced Diploma in Digital Marketing. She achieved YouTube viral success for ALONE, reaching two million worldwide and won Social Media Award for Best Facebook Page for a Non-Profit, 2015. She has strong leadership skills and has directed teams of five direct reports, and controlled a €1m budget. Having previously worked for BeLongTo as fundraising manager, National College of Ireland, GAZE film Festival and Community Response, brings extensive experience in community development.

William McLoughlin

William is a practising barrister with speciality in constitutional and natural justice and human rights litigation; He is responsible for successfully challenging the Irish Blood Transfusion Board’s lifetime ban on men who have sex with men from donating blood (Heneghan v Irish Blood Transfusion Service [2015] 445 JR).  He also practices in employment law, equality, data protection, compliance (inc. ethics), criminal and charities regulatory matters.

At present, he is the National Secretary and a Director of Chronic Pain Ireland (, a national charity that provides support for people with chronic pain and their families. In 2016/2017 he set up the review of the Governance code, ICTR, employment and data protection review and compliance, including the upcoming GDPR. 

He is also a Director of One-in-Four (, the national charity for survivors of child abuse in which he has oversight for all compliance matters (including therapy matters) and the introduction of, and related training for, the Victims of Crime Directive that has a practical real-life effect for our members who are currently, or will in the future, be involved in the making of criminal complaints and the subsequent investigations of same. He is also Garda Vetted.

Dani O’Connor

I have been lucky enough to have served on the board of TENI for the past 3 years.  During this time the organisation has gone from strength to strength and has had many successes, the most notable being the Gender Recognition legislation.  

Prior to taking early retirement I was Claims Manager for a large company.  My job included investigations, negotiation, research, decision making and managing staff.  I have also been an active trade unionist serving on branch and regional committees.  I have been associated with trans groups for almost 40 years.  My involvement in the Gender Recognition campaign has given me valuable knowledge of the political system.

 TENI is important part of my life.  As a board member and a volunteer I have taken an active part in important campaigns including the one which led to the enactment of the Gender Recognition Act.  I take my position as a Board member very seriously and I have always given my full commitment, time and energy.

Notwithstanding the successes of the past few years there is still a lot of work to be done.  I believe that I have the skills, experience, passion and knowhow to continue to play my part. 

It is a privilege to work for the benefit of my own community.  We are diverse and have varying needs but each and every member is equally important.  If I am re-elected I promise to continue work hard for the benefit all members of our community.

Maja Stanislawska

Four years ago, I dropped the position of CTO in a company listed on Warsaw stock exchange and moved to Ireland with intent to transition. A year later, with big support from TENI members, I achieved this. Now I'd like to return my gratitude and help community that helped me so much.

The TENI board looks like good place, as my experience and skills could be useful there. My business experience comes from ISP and telco where maintaining good long-term relation with partners and an ability to provide stable and reliable service is key. This is different from typical sell and run attitude common in other businesses.

I'm not an activist, my activism was limited to being a mere crowd maker on Gender Recognition Act rallies.  I did fight to gain a space for my existence tough.

When i was teenager I was scout troop foreman for several years, then later did some work in regional HQ of scouting organization.  

Despite the fact that I present myself on daily basis as a feminine trans female, I see myself as non-binary, and each time I try to emphasise that trans has a wider meaning that some (some of us too) thinks. Maybe it's a trait i got from old times, when I could not get help from trans organizations in Poland because I was not trans enou




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