Who we are
Founders Grace Tallon & Joe O’Connor
Grace Tallon is a creative leader and entrepreneur. She is passionate about collaboration and idea/concept generation. Grace is also dedicated to campaigning for social justice in Ireland.
She is the founder of arts and events company & Co., and is also the Director of charity arts organisation Newpark Academy of Music. Most recently Grace has designed and lead Newpark’s temporary transition to remote learning. A musician and former Councillor on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Grace is also a member of the Smock Alley Board of Directors.
As an activist, she’s volunteered on numerous campaigns, including setting up the “Dogs for Michael D. Higgins” initiative during the Presidential campaign in 2018, and has acted as a consultant with Sounding the Feminists.
Grace studied at the Conservatory of Music and Drama at DIT, and holds a Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership from UCD.
Joe O’Connor is an activist and campaigner. He is an advocate for progressive change and social justice in Ireland. Joe has extensive leadership experience across a range of professional and voluntary roles.
He is currently the Director of Campaigning with Ireland’s largest public service trade union, Fórsa. He is the chairperson of the new ‘Four Day Week Ireland’ campaign steering group, and has recently led the design and development of the ‘Support our Secretaries’ and ‘More Power to You’ campaigns.
Joe is a former President of the Union of Students in Ireland (2013-14), has considerable governance experience including at the Higher Education Authority and SpunOut.ie, and has been involved at a senior level in several recent electoral campaigns.
He holds an MBS in Strategy and Innovation Management and a BBS (Honours) in Accounting from GMIT, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Employment Law from the King’s Inns.
Titan Keystone is a full service digital agency focusing on web design and digital marketing. We empower our clients and partners by developing and growing every aspect of their digital presence through innovative solutions. We build, support and maintain web applications and cross-platform digital experiences that deliver value-adding results.
Alan Archbold is Creative Director with Persuasion Republic one of Ireland’s leading communication agency for charities and not-for-profits.