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The Crew

Craig Benton

Facilitator – Dublin

Craig is an expert in both home and commercial composting. Originally from the US, he started training composters in Seattle in 1984 . In 2003, he moved to Ireland and helped start the Irish commercial composting industry. Over his career, Craig has trained over 1,000 people in composting and food waste prevention.

Betty Kehoe

Facilitator – Wexford

Betty is an infectiously enthusiastic environmentalist with a background is in garden design, landscaping and garden maintenance. She is dedicated to using and passing on her skills to protect the natural environment.

Donal O’Leary

Facilitator – Cork

Donal has a background in Applied Psychology and Field Ecology, and is keenly interested in composting, specifically vermiculture (composting with worms). Through his work with community groups, voluntary activities and his business Waste Down he aims to promotes environmental awareness and synergy with nature.

Nuala Maddigan

Facilitator – Kildare

Nuala is the Environmental Education Officer with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the team on the ecological benefits of composting, particularly in relation to our precious peatlands!

Mike Holden

Facilitator – Tipperary

Originally from England, Mike spent 8 years in West Cork living off-grid up a mountain, growing vegetables, planting trees and milking goats. Since coming down from the mountain he has worked as a trainer, facilitator and project manager focussing on sustainability initiatives. Mike loves to compost.

Colum Gibson

Programme Manager

Colum is an environmental consultant and researcher in the CTC. A chemist in his past life, he has been working in sustainability and waste prevention for over 15 years. He is a firm believer that everyone of us can have a positive daily impact on our environment, once we know how.

Adrian Connolly


Adrian has been designing compost educational material since 2009. He is passionate about helping people reduce their environmental impact. His love for art, communication and design helps the team convey their message in a fun and engaging way.

Keelin Tobin

Admin & Comms

Keelin has a passion for all things food, including composting it! She previously worked as a chef, holds a Masters in Anthropology of Food, a degree in Food Policy, and a Research Masters in Business. Based in the Clean Technology Centre, Keelin’s work includes communication and administration.

Sarah Broderick

Admin & Comms

Sarah is an environmental scientist with a passion for growing, composting and helping people live sustainably.

Sarah O’Connor

Admin & Comms

Sarah is an environmental researcher who has a passion for being outdoors, food waste and composting.

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