Probation Service Appoints Olivia Keaveney as New Deputy Director


The Probation Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Olivia Keaveney as the new Deputy Director of Operations (Courts & Community), commencing on Monday 23rd May 2022.

Olivia has more than 18 years senior management experience across the Probation Service and the Charity sector. Most recently she held the position of Assistant Principal Probation Officer with national responsibility for Young Persons Probation and oversight of the Probation Services operational work with children and young people.

Olivia was a member of the Youth Justice Strategy Expert Working Group and has developed policy for the service in the area of Serious Youth Offending and Knife crime. She has excellent knowledge of probation practice with specialist interest in the areas of high support education services, social housing and offender reintegration.

Since 2019 Olivia has been a member of the Board of Management of Collinstown Park Community College and has been a Director of Le Cheile Mentoring since July 2021.

Olivia is a graduate of University College Dublin and the National University of Ireland. In her free time, Olivia volunteers with the Irish Guide Dogs and with the help of her husband and children she has raised three guide dogs.

Olivia joins a newly expanded Executive Management Team, led by the Probation Service Director, Mark Wilson and comprised of Una Doyle, Deputy Director of Effective Practice, Fíona M. Ní Chinnéide, Deputy Director of Operations (Prisoners & Rehabilitation) and Cillian Smith, Principal Officer, Corporate Affairs & Communications.

In congratulating Olivia on the appointment, Mark Wilson, Director of the Probation Service said,

"I am delighted to confirm Olivia’s appointment as Deputy Director of Operations (Courts & Community) at the Probation Service. She joins us with a wealth of knowledge and experience across the Probation Service and the Charity Sector where she held various senior management positions. Olivia has a clear passion for probation practice. Since joining the Service in 2019, she has proven herself to be a consummate professional and has an impressive track-record leading high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams. I am confident that her collaborative style of leadership will complement our organisation and help us further advance our strategic priorities into the future. I would like to sincerely congratulate Olivia on her well-deserved appointment."