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Policies and Standards Committee - Membership

Lucien Bollaert

Independent QA expert

Lucien Bollaert was member of the Board of the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) from 2009 up to 2016. From 2012 to 2016 he was also member of the Board of the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). He worked as lecturer, director of a study programme, international officer, quality assurance manager, institutional education & research officer and acting vice-chancellor of the University College of West Flanders. When the college associated with Ghent University in 2003 he became Chairman of the experts’ Commission on Quality Assurance (QA), member of the Commission on Education and of the General Assembly and the Board of that Association.

On Flemish level he used to be member of the Steering Group on QA of the Flemish Council of University Colleges (VLHORA) and the Flemish Education Council (Vlor), and Flemish Bologna expert on quality assurance, quality culture, qualifications frameworks, learning outcomes, competence-based learning and education policy.

He was member of the E4 group, working out the European Standards and Guidelines on QA (ESG) in 2005 and setting up the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), whose register committee he has been Vice-Chair of since then. He was also founder-member of the Steering Committee of the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) for 6 years. The European Commission invited him to be a member of the first experts’ groups on the European Qualifications Frameworks (EQF).

He still is a well-known keynote speaker at several international conferences and the author of the book A Manual for Internal Quality Assurance in Higher Education (Brussels, 2014) as well as numerous peer reviewed articles.

Bryan Fields 

Director, FET Strategy and Research, SOLAS


Bryan Fields is Director of FET Strategy and FET Programme Evaluation in SOLAS.  He is also Head of the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS.  He is currently leading on a programme of SOLAS reviews of national FET programmes including the national PLC programme, the national Youthreach programme and the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS).  Before that, Bryan held a number of senior positions in FÁS, including Director of training policy, Director of strategic planning and organisational development and Director of curriculum and assessment development.
A labour market sociologist by profession, Bryan has worked in the education and training sector for over 35 years.  He holds a PhD in Sociology and an MSc in Training from the University of Leicester. 

Co-Director of Centre for Progressive Change
Dr Gilligan was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra until she availed of early retirement in 2009.

Dr Gilligan established the Centre for Educational Disadvantage in St Patrick’s College in 2000 and was also co-founder of An Cosán in West Tallaght.

She was a former member of the Educational Disadvantage Committee and a former chair of the National Educational Welfare Board. She was Co- Director of the Centre for Progressive Change.

Ann Louise passed away on 15 June 2017 following a brief illness.

Joanne Harmon

Education Manager, Health and Safety Authority
Ms Harmon is the Education Manager with the Health and Safety Authority. She previously held the post of Communications Manager.

She has worked in communications, education and youth-development roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sector.

Joanne is a graduate of UCD and holds post-graduate qualifications from DIT and PRII. She has also trained as an Executive Coach and is a certified mediator.  Joanne has been a QQI Board Member since November 2012.

Ewart Keep

Department of Education, Oxford University
Ewart Keep is based at the Department of Education, Oxford University. His research interests include: lifelong learning policy, learning organisations, training for low-paid workers, the design and management of education and training systems.

He is a member of the Scottish Funding Council/Skills Development Scotland Joint Skills Committee, HEFCE’s Strategic Advisory Committee for Enterprise and Skills, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills’ Policy Expert Group, and the Scottish Government’s Skill Utilisation Leadership Group.

Ewart has provided advice and consultancy for the National Skills Task Force, DfES, DTI, DBIS, H M Treasury, the Cabinet Office, House of Commons and Scottish Parliament committees, the Welsh Employment and Skills Board, Skills Australia, and the governments of Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand.

Barbara Kelly

Director of Qualifications, QQI

Biography to follow

Daire Keogh

Deputy President, Dublin City University

Daire Keogh is Cregan Professor of History and Deputy President of Dublin City University. 
He has served as President of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra since 2012, prior to which he was Senior Lecturer in the College’s History Department.  He has published extensively, on the history of popular politics, religion and education in Ireland.  A former Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow, he is currently Principal Investigator of an Irish Research Council funded project to publish the extensive correspondence of Cardinal Paul Cullen. 
Daire is a founding member of the European Quality Assurance Register Committee, the body charged by EU Governments with monitoring quality assurance in higher education across the continent.  He is a Chartered Director and is a member of the following Boards: Women for Election; Centre for Cross Border Studies; Edmund Rice Schools Trust; and Dublin City University’s Governing Authority.  He is Chair of the Board of St Patrick’s BNS in Drumcondra and Marley Grange NS in Rathfarnham and a member of the Board of Management of Clongowes Wood College.  He is a member of the Irish Association of the Order of Malta.  He recently completed a term as a Council member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.
Professor Keogh is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Trinity College, the Gregorian University in Rome and Glasgow University.  He has a strong profile as a historian and an educationalist.  He has lectured widely at universities in Europe, America and Australia.

Bryan Maguire

Director of Quality Assurance, QQI
Bryan Maguire is Director of Quality Assurance at Quality and Qualifications Ireland. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University College, Dublin and a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco.

Bryan was Director of Academic Affairs of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council up to its amalgamation into QQI in November 2012.

He was Head of School of Creative Technologies at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, where he had earlier been the founding Head of Department of Learning Sciences.

Bryan previously served as lecturer in psychology at Bangor University (Wales), and as development officer for the National Framework of Qualifications with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.

He has written and consulted extensively on quality and qualifications frameworks in Ireland and internationally. He is a member of the Hong Kong Council for Academic and Vocational Awards and of the Dental Council of Ireland.

Anne-Marie Ryan

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health
Anne-Marie Ryan is Chief Education Officer with Bord Altranais agus Cnaimseachais na hEireann (NMBI), the Irish regulatory body for nurses and midwives, overseeing the development, setting, approval and maintenance of educational standards for nurse and midwife education and guidance to the professions.

She was recently involved as an expert reviewer for the profession of nursing with a TAIEX mission for enlargement of the EU.

Anne-Marie’s previous experience as a nurse educator was in Trinity College Dublin, and University College Dublin and she was also the Principal Nurse Tutor in Beaumont Hospital School of Nursing. As a clinical nurse Anne-Marie specialised in oncological nursing. 

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