Meet the Jigsaw Clondalkin Team

Derek Hanway

Derek Hanway

Project Manager

Derek is our Project Manager (PM) since July 2014. Derek brings considerable experience and expertise to Jigsaw Clondalkin from over 20 years (he says he doesn’t look it) in community development management. Derek started work in London, working in social services with Irish Centre Housing and returned to Ireland in the late ‘90’s to work with Blanchardstown Area Partnership where he developed the Local Employment Service and then became their CEO in 2000. Taking a break in 2005 he moved to Belfast and went to QUB for 2 years, completing his Masters in Social & Community Development. He worked in various roles in NI up to 2013 when he returned ‘down south’ and back to his hometown of Dunboyne. Derek is often seen running from Jigsaw Hub is his lycra running gear and has (annual) intentions of finally completing a marathon…maybe this year!

Jen Trzeciak

Jen Trzeciak

Clinical Coordinator

Jen is the clinical co-ordinator at Jigsaw Clondalkin. Her role is to support the team in the work they do with young people and she also works with young people directly. Jen qualified as an Occupational Therapist at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2000 and since then has worked in a range of different mental health settings in the UK. She believes strongly in the value of early intervention and her career has developed from in-patient care, to community mental health to primary care level services. Jen is passionate about the value of work in recovery and completed a PG Dip in Vocational Rehabilitation at Sheffield Hallam University in 2011. Jen joined Jigsaw in 2015 following a move from Nottingham back to Dublin. Outside of work she enjoys writing and knitting!

Claire Hannigan

Claire Hannigan

Project Assistant

Claire joined the team back in 2014. Before joining Jigsaw Claire worked as a qualified hair stylist. She was used to being on her feet and interacting with members of the public. When changing career it was important for Claire that she still had a role dealing with young people and the public as this is something that she really enjoys. Her role in Jigsaw involves meeting and greeting young people, scheduling appointments, completing daily financial tasks as well as being there on hand to help the clinical team with any admin duties that might arise. Claire also likes planning events and is always looking for ways for the team to get out and about together and to socialise. Outside work Claire is a busy mum to a 4 year old boy and also enjoys socialising with friends and family.

Karen Cronin

Karen Cronin

Youth and Community Engagement Worker

Karen has  previously worked with young people in care and with at-risk young people in a youth service in Dublin.

Over the past five years Karen has obtained a masters in Youth and Community work, a BA in Social Care and during this time, also worked during two summers at a camp in America for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What is your favourite book?

'Me before You' or 'The Girl with Dragon Tattoo'

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Enjoy being young and having no wrinkles and focus on the people in your life who put effort back into your relationships.

Alan McHugh

Alan McHugh

Clinical Support Worker

Before joining Jigsaw I was employed as a local authority social worker working alongside travellers. For a number of years I worked in the charity sectors with adults, young people and families who experienced homelessness. When I was in college I had two work placements, the first was in TUSLA and the second was in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

After school I went to college in St. Patrick’s College in Drumcondra to study Human Development and Geography (despite my terrible sense of direction!). After this I did a Higher Diploma in Social Policy in UCD before going on to complete a Social Work Masters in Trinity College Dublin. 

Where are you originally from?

I grew up on the north-side of Dublin and have gradually been moving south ever since.

What is your favourite book?

I love reading GAA biographies, I recently finished Philly McMahon’s which I would highly recommend!

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life just do your best to enjoy the journey… it all works out in the end!

Megan Cahalin

Megan Cahalin

Clinical Support Worker

Before joining Jigsaw, I worked as a Social Worker with families experiencing challenging times in their lives and with children experiencing abuse. As a student, I worked briefly in a community based adult mental health setting which involved supporting adults with mental health difficulties.

I completed a BA in French and Sociology as an undergraduate. Following this, I went on to do a Higher Diploma in Social Policy. This led me to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work. All of my higher education was completed in University College Dublin (UCD) - I was considered part of the furniture by the time I left.

What is your favourite book?

Anything true crime related or with a good plot twist. However, Harry Potter will always be a favourite for me.

If you were able to give one piece of advice to your teenage self, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to start over or try something new. We don’t always get things right the first time, but we’ll get them right eventually.