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Programmes and Awards Oversight Committee - Membership

​Barbara Brittingham (Chair)

Director/President, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Barbara Brittingham is Director/President of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in Massachusetts.
She was founding dean of the College of Education at Zayed University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and previously worked in Turkey as a consultant on a World Bank project.
She has spoken and written widely on topics including accreditation, assessment, evaluation, and teacher preparation. Barbara has been a QQI Board member since November 2012.

Ken Carroll

Registrar, Institute of Technology, Tallaght

Ken Carroll has worked in higher education since 1992 where his posts have included Senior Lecturer, Head of Department of Science, Head of Research and now Registrar at the Institute of Technology Tallaght with overall responsibility for academic quality assurance.  His background is in biochemistry having graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a BSc (Honours) and subsequently completed a PhD at Dublin City University.  He also completed an MA in Education Management from Waterford Institute of Technology.
During his time at IT Tallaght, Ken led on the development of several programmes from Level 6 to 8, contributed to the development of successful Level 9 programmes and the introduction of structured PhD provision.  He was involved in the development of the Technological Higher Education Quality Framework for Research Programmes 2015-2017, represented the Institute of Technology sector in the QQI review of Postgraduate Research Degrees which reported in 2016 and which helped lay the foundations for the revised QQI Guidelines on Research Degree Provision to be launched in 2017.

Liz Carroll

Training and Development Manager, ISME (Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association)
Liz Carroll has been Training and Development Manager at ISME since January 2006, and is a member of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, the FET Strategic Implementation Committee, DES Enterprise Engagement Forum and the project Advisory group for the Regional Fora established by DES.
Liz has been involved in Training and Development since 1987 and has worked with all types of learners, from early school-leavers to MSc Level and those working in public and the private sector.
More recently she was a part-time lecturer on the MSc in International Business programme at Griffith College (Sept 2009 – June 2013); Learning Manager at DIT’s National Institute of Transport and Logistics with responsibility for programme development; QA and Business Development and Management Training Specialist with the Institute of Public Administration, designing and delivering management skills programmes for the public sector.
Liz has also worked in programme development and project management in Rehab. She holds a BA in Communications and an MA in Film and TV Studies from DCU, an MBA in Business from Trinity College and a Level-9 Special Purpose Award in Teaching and Learning through GCD. 

Maureen Conway

Principal, Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Maureen Conway has been Principal of Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) for fifteen years. BCFE is a constituent college of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board and one of the largest providers of further education in Ireland.
A graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity College, Maureen taught Business and Enterprise up to and including degree level. She is currently a Director of the Ballyfermot and Chapelizod Partnership,  a member of the Uversity Governing Body and serves as a member of the NAPD FE Committee

Peter Cullen

Head of Validation and Delegation, QQI
Peter Cullen is Head of Validation and Delegation in QQI’s Quality Assurance Directorate. Previously he was responsible for Framework Standards and Guidance in QQI’s Qualifications Services Section. Prior to this he was Head of Standards, Research and Policy Development with the Higher Education and Training Awards Council.
Peter trained as an engineer and lectured in Engineering Science at Trinity College Dublin from 1990 until 2002 when he took up a post at the Higher Education and Training Awards Council.

Mary Danagher

Managing Director, Irish Business Training Ltd
Mary Danagher is the Managing Director of Irish Business Training Ltd (IBT). She previously worked as an underwriter with an internationally traded Reinsurance Company in London, Paris, New Jersey and Shannon. She studied at UL, Chartered Insurance Institute and Berlitz, London. Mary has been a QQI Board Member since November 2012.

Paul Lyons

Education Manager, Dental Council

Paul Lyons is the Education Manager with the Dental Council and is responsible for ensuring that the Dental Council’s responsibilities relating to dental education and training are fully met, incorporating the management of examination and CPD activities.
Prior to joining the Dental Council, Paul worked for the Medical Council as Postgraduate Accreditation Manager.  During this time, he was responsible for the accreditation of the thirteen Irish postgraduate medical training bodies and their associated programmes of specialist training.  He was also responsible for the management of the Medical Council’s engagement with clinical training sites, in particular intern training sites and specialist training sites.  In relation to clinical sites that support specialist (postgraduate) training, Paul led on the development of the accreditation standards that all such training sites must adhere to.  Paul was also responsible for the management of the process by which new medical specialities were evaluated for the purposes of recognition by the Medical Council.
Prior to entering the regulatory environment, Paul worked in the private sector in the area of specialist engineering recruitment.  Paul holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Management from Trinity College Dublin.

Anne Mangan

Director, Institute of Physical Therapy (IPTAS)
Anne is co-founder and Programme Director at the Institute of Physical Therapy & Applied Science, established in 1990. She has a Masters in Clinical Education from the University of New South Wales.
Anne has a special interest in a team approaches to faculty development and in particular the part-time Teacher/ Practitioner.
Her research interests include innovation in Teaching & Learning, the development of competency-based approaches to education and the first-year teaching experience. Recent work includes the identification of triggers and barriers to changing teaching practice.
Anne is a member of Educational Developers of Ireland Network (EDIN) and is the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) representative on the board of the National Forum.

John D Mulcahy

Head of Hospitality, Fáilte Ireland
John has worked with the Irish National Tourism Development Authority, known as Fáilte Ireland, since 1990 where he currently leads the Hospitality team.  This brief includes Hospitality Education and Food Tourism, as well as the post of statutory registrar for tourist accommodation standards. John holds an MA (Gastronomy) from University of Adelaide and an MSc (Hospitality Management) from Oxford Brookes (UK).  He was a member of the Further Education & Training Awards Council for three years where he was on the Audit Committee, and also Chair of the Policies Committee.  He is currently a member of the governing body of the Dublin Institute of Technology. 

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