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Approvals and Reviews Committee - Membership

Prof Kevin Ryan (Chair)

Emeritus Professor of Information Technology, UL
Professor Kevin Thomas Ryan is emeritus Professor of Information Technology at the University of Limerick (UL) and founding Director of Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre.  At UL he also held the positions of Department Head, Dean and Vice President Academic (Registrar).

Kevin holds degrees of BA (Maths & Economics), BAI (Engineering) and PhD (Computer Science), all from Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of both the Irish Computer Society and the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.
Over a period of 40 years he lectured and researched on software topics in universities and industry in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Africa, Australia and Sweden.
He has been an adviser to the Irish government on the development of the Irish software industry and has acted as consultant to industry, higher education institutions and to international funding bodies. He has published papers on software engineering methods and tools, software requirements engineering and on the role of technology in development. He has been a director of a number of start-up software companies.

Una Buckley

Member, Alfi (Adult Learners Forum of Ireland)
Una Buckley left school at the age of 16 and entered full-time employment. Since returning to education as an adult learner, she has experience of community education, further education and third-level through outreach.  
Ms Buckley has served two years on the Aontas (National Adult Learning Organisation) Executive and is a member of Alfi (Adult Learners Forum of Ireland) steering group.

At international level, she has been involved in the development of the International Adult Learners Charter and has represented adult learners at a number of conferences.


Colette Harrison

Manager of Awards and Certification, QQI

Mary Sheridan

Head of Legal and Risk, QQI 


Marie Kehoe-O’Sullivan

Director of Safety and Quality Improvement, HIQA
A native of Killarney, Co Kerry, Marie began her education as a nurse at Ardkeen Hospital in Waterford before moving to the USA where she completed her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Nursing.

She also obtained her Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and graduated with a Diploma in Quality and Leadership from the Royal College of Physicians, Ireland.

Marie is also a Fellow of the Improvement Faculty for the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Trinity College Dublin.

She has lectured on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety nationally and internationally with the RCSI, UCC, Trinity and IT Tralee. 

Marie was appointed to the Medical Council in 2012.

She worked for almost 20 years in the USA in the area of quality improvement in over 400 hospitals which participated in the Medicaid programme in Illinois. 

She has worked in the area of patient safety and quality improvement since her return to Ireland ten years ago. Marie was appointed Director of Safety and Quality Improvement with Hiqa (Health Information and Quality Authority) in July 2012.

Jack Leahy

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance, Union of Students in Ireland (USI)
Mr Leahy is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he served as a Board Member during his tenure as Students' Union Education Officer in 2013-14.  He holds a BA in History.

He currently serves as the USI's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance, and by virtue of such represents USI as a project partner for the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) and as a member of the board of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.

Dr Martin Lyes

Director Eirinnova
Martin is the Managing Director of Eirinnova, a consultancy specialising in research management and innovation operating in Europe and the Middle East.

He holds degrees from the University of London and Southampton and started his career as a marine biologist before moving into research administration.

He retired from his position as Divisional Manager, Research and Innovation in Enterprise Ireland in 2012. In that role, he managed a wide remit including funding for third-level applied research, support for industry innovation and Irish participation in international innovation programmes. 

Martin has represented Ireland on a range of national and European committees, including as Chair of the European Association of Innovation Agencies, a Governor of the European Science Foundation, a member of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology and a Board member of the Irish Universities Quality Board. He also served on Government Committees on collaboration, public procurement, industry R&D and Research Prioritisation.

He is currently a member of the Grants Approval Committee of Science Foundation Ireland, and is Chairman of the Board of St Michael’s House.

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