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Programmes and Awards Oversight Committee - Membership

​Barbara Brittingham (Chair)

President Emerita, New England Commission of Higher Education

​Dr. Brittingham is President Emerita of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) in Massachusetts, the institutional accreditor for 221 institutions in the six New England states and 12 in other countries.
She is on the Quality Board in Iceland and served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vietnam and Morocco. She worked in Turkey on a World Bank project and in the United Arab Emirates as founding dean of the College of Education at Zayed University.  She has worked with ministries and universities in over twenty-five countries, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, and local governments and universities.

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.


Gerard Morgan

Former Principal, Waterford College of Further Education (WCFE)
Gerard Morgan was Principal of Waterford College of Further Education (WCFE) since 2004 and is retired since May 2019.  WCFE is a constituent college of the Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) and WCFE is the largest provider of further education in South East Ireland.
A graduate of Business, Computing and Education from University College Dublin and DIT, B.Comm, HDip Ed., Dip.O.Ed., AMBCS, M.Ed., Gerard taught Business, Computing and Education up to and including degree level.  He served as Project Officer and Development Officer in the National Council for Vocational Awards (NCVA) for two years.  He was Acting CEO of City of Waterford VEC from 2009 to 2014.  He served as a member of the NAPD FE Committee for many years and was an External Examiner on the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Teacher Education programme.  He was a member of the WWETB Quality Assurance Steering Group and a member of the ETBI Principals of FE and Training Colleges Network.


Gina Quin

President, National College of Ireland (NCI) 
Gina Quin is President of National College of Ireland (NCI), leading NCI’s mission ‘to change lives through education’. 
NCI is a not-for-profit third level college situated in the heart of Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre and Silicon Docks, providing third level under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in Business, Computing, Psychology, and Education. 
NCI has a strong commitment to early education and delivers the Early Learning Initiative to children and families in inner city Dublin and beyond, focusing on improving literacy and numeracy in disadvantaged communities.
Previously, Gina worked as Chief Executive of Dublin Chamber and as CEO of Gandon Enterprises, the Commercial division of the Rehab Group.
A Psychologist by training, Gina holds a BA, Psychology and MBA from UCD, an MSc in Cyber Psychology and is a Chartered Director.  She is also a Board member of ESB Networks, Verve and a member of the Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum and a recipient of the Alumni of the Year Award from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School. 


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