Professor Irene Sheridan
Head of MTU Extended Campus
Having worked with national and multinational electronics companies before joining CIT (now MTU), Professor Sheridan was appointed Head of Department of Electronic Engineering in 2004. She is currently Head of the 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, mutually-beneficial two-way partnerships between academia and employers. She has authored and co-authored a number of Journal and Conference publications, is a partner in a number of European-funded collaborative projects and leads the Enterprise Engagement and Experiential Learning Research Group in MTU. She is a member of the Practitioners Committee for the University-Industry Interaction Conference, a Council member of the Accreditation Council for Engaged and Entrepreneurial Universities (ACEEU), and has acted as expert assessor for the EACEA on Erasmus+ actions over a number of years.
Irene is a board member of St John’s Central College in Cork and a member of the Monitoring Committee for the Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme.
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
Deputy Registrar and Dean of Teaching & Learning, Dublin City University
As Deputy Registrar, William Kelly has University-level responsibilities for curriculum development, quality assurance of teaching & learning activities, and regulation of all DCU-accredited awards including Joint Awards.
As Dean of Teaching & Learning, he has oversight of strategic initiatives in relation to teaching & learning across the University; a particular focus in recent years has been on the expansion of digital learning opportunities for on-campus students and online delivery of awards.
William is the University’s representative on a number of national and regional bodies including the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, the governance board of the Irish Survey of Student Engagement, and the Dublin Regional Skills Forum.
He has recently taken on the role of Chair of the QQI-established National Academic Integrity Network.
Prior to his appointment to his current role, William was a member of academic staff in DCU Business School, latterly as Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning. Over the course of a thirty-year career in the Business School, he has played a significant role in the development of its academic programmes and supporting quality assurance initiatives. He developed and was the first Director of the MBA programme from 1990-97. Subsequently, he directed the undergraduate degree in Business Studies and the Master’s degree in Investment & Treasury.
He served as a member of Dublin City University’s Governing Authority from 1998 to 2011.
William is an economist by training and has taught courses in Macroeconomics, International Finance, and Econometrics.
Director, The Noel Group and President of Chambers Ireland
Siobhan Kinsella is Director, The Noel Group and President of Chambers Ireland.
She is a Commercial Executive with significant Change Management & organisational development experience. Her career has been focused on roles that involve designing organisational and programme solutions to enable delivery of Private and Public Sector contracts in the Skills and L&D arena.
She is heavily invested in Skills Development in Ireland and also holds and has held the following positions:
President & Director, Chambers Ireland
Former Chair, Fingal Skills Strategy Advisory Group
Former Chair, Workplace Policy & Skills Council Chambers Ireland
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.
Ms Mary Sheridan
Head of Legal Affairs and Provider Risk