Blue Star Programme Team

The Blue Star Programme Team is made up of the staff and stagiaires of European Movement Ireland who are the National Coordinators of the Programme. To contact those in the team who deal specifically with the Programme, you can contact us via our email:


Ryan Levis 
 – Blue Star Programme Manager

Ryan joined European Movement Ireland in September 2015, first completing a Stage and then a Scholarship. Ryan works closely with the Head of Communications and Education in designing and driving effective communications strategies for the organisation, as well as coordinating the organisation’s flagship educational initiative, the Blue Star Programme. Ryan has worked specifically on the Blue Star Programme since 2015, overseeing the participation of approximately 1,000 schools in that time-frame.


Elizabeth Moody – Blue Star Programme Coordinator 

Elizabeth joined European Movement Ireland in August 2021, and will be working closely with the Blue Star Programme manager in coordinating the Programme.


Noelle O’Connell CEO of European Movement Ireland

Noelle has been the CEO of EM Ireland since April 2011 with overall responsibility for all governance, financial and operational matters of the organisation in growing its development as it works to further strengthen the connection between Ireland and Europe. In November 2020, Noelle was elected as a Vice-President of the board European Movement International.

Noelle is also the official spokesperson for the organisation and has regularly presented in national and international media in addition to leading on a variety of national and international training, communications, education, outreach and citizen engagement programmes on behalf of EM Ireland. Prior to joining EM Ireland, she provided business development training, education and public affairs consultancy to a wide variety of both private and public sector clients including government bodies and in the third level sector including HEA, Fulbright Commission, Irish Research Councils. She held management consultancy positions in Accenture; headed up the Training, Education and Business Development function of the Construction Industry Federation, and was formerly a Director on the Board of the semi state agency, Skillnets. Noelle previously worked on Business Development and Member relations for the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society in addition to working with Thea and on an Interreg Programme.

Noelle is also a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development, and International Leadership Fellow of the Society of St. George Windsor Castle, a member of the CIPD and the Institute of Directors of Ireland, a voluntary Board Director of Alliance Française Ireland and Chair of the UCC Dublin Alumni Chapter. In 2017, she was awarded the Chévalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite – awarded second highest national order of France by the President of the Republic of France for public service between Ireland and France. A qualified Coach, she holds a BA Hons in European Studies and Languages from UCC, DEUF diploma from Université Jean Moulin, Lyon III, France and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh Scotland.

Lisa Nic An Bhreithimh  – Head of Communications and Education of European Movement Ireland

Lisa joined EM Ireland in February 2019 and has overseen all communications policies, strategy and activity since that time. She leads on press engagement; languages, in particular on Irish language communications and education/youth engagement programmes such as the College of Europe programme in Ireland and management of EM Ireland’s Education and Youth Committee.

Lisa has a broad range of experience in communications, campaigning, education and Irish language activism/ education. She worked on communications and academic scholarships with the National University of Ireland and served both as PRO and Treasurer for 6 years on the Board of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association. She managed communications as part of Gaeil ar son Rogha, the Irish language branch of the Together for Yes Referendum Campaign and Tá Comhionannas, the Irish language branch of the 2015 Yes Equality Referendum Campaign. Lisa was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Connecticut and later worked with the Fulbright Commission in Ireland. A fluent Irish speaker, she taught Irish language and literature in third level institutions including Trinity College Dublin, UCD and Maynooth University. Lisa completed a BA in Modern Irish and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Communications through Irish from UCD and a diploma in Digital Marketing with The Irish Times.

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