Professor Kevin Ryan (Chairperson)
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.
Dr Ailsa Crum
Head of Quality and Enhancement, QAA Scotland
Ailsa Crum is Head of Quality & Enhancement at QAA Scotland having worked with QAA since 1998, first as Assistant Director and later as Head of Reviews. Her current role involves designing and implementing the Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) method and leading an exciting programme of enhancement and development activity in close association with the Scottish university sector and its students. Ailsa’s previous Higher Education posts were at the organisation now known as Universities Scotland and at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Ailsa went to school in Wick (which is in the far North of Scotland) and consequently was one of the few students to travel south to study at the University of Aberdeen where she graduated with an MA (Hons) in Economics & Politics. She also gained a postgraduate management qualification at the Robert Gordon University, an MLitt in Creative Writing jointly awarded by Strathclyde and Glasgow universities and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. Ailsa is on the Members’ Steering Group for the organisation known as sparqs (student partnership in quality Scotland), the Quality Committee of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Partnership and the Appeals Sub-Committee of the Scottish Qualifications Authority. She is also a member of the Williamwood High School Parent Council, on the editorial board for the literary journal, Mulberry Fork, and has performed stand-up comedy with The Bright Club.
Ms Colette Harrison
Manager of Awards and Certification, QQI
Ms 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.
Ms Geraldine LarkinChief Executive, National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
Geraldine Larkin is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland), the state agency responsible for standardisation, conformity assessment and measurement.
She is a highly experienced senior executive, having previously held the position of CEO for the Irish Greyhound Board and the Private Security Authority. She also worked for the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform over ten years.
Ms Larkin holds an MBA degree in Technology Management from Open University. She graduated from the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin in 1992 with a BA in Public Administration.
Dr Martin Lyes
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.
Professor Irene Sheridan
Head of CIT Extended Campus
Having worked with national and multinational electronics companies before joining CIT, Irene Sheridan was appointed Head of Department of Electronic Engineering in 2004. She is currently Head of the CIT Extended Campus, a unique facility established to stimulate and support all forms of engagement with enterprise, including graduate formation, customised learning development, research and innovation activity and enterprise support and development. She has pioneered the application of customer relationship management principles within higher education and is committed to the formation and stewarding of long term, two-way partnerships between academia and employers for graduate formation, workforce development and research and innovation. She has authored and co-authored a number of Journal and Conference publications and participates in a number of European-funded collaborative projects. Irene is a member of the Practitioners Committee for the University-Industry Interaction Conference and has acted as expert assessor for the Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance Action over a number of years.
Ms Mary Sheridan
Head of Provider Compliance, Learner Protection and Legal QQI