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Programmes and Awards Oversight Committee - Membership

​Barbara Brittingham (Chair)

President of the Commission, New England Commission of Higher Education
Barbara Brittingham is President of the Commission of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) 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, Technological University Dublin - Tallaght
Ken Carroll has worked in higher education since 1992.  He has held various positions including those of Senior Lecturer, Head of Department of Science, Head of Research, and currently Registrar at Technological University Dublin - Tallaght with overall responsibility for student affairs and academic quality assurance.  His background is in biochemistry having graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a BSc (Honours) (1981) and subsequently completed a PhD at Dublin City University (1987).  He also holds an MA in Education Management from Waterford Institute of Technology (2002).  Throughout his career, Ken took a lead role in the development of several undergraduate education programmes across NFQ Levels 6 to 8, and was a significant contributor to the development of successful Level 9 Master programmes.  He was also involved in the development of a QA framework for structured PhD provision for the TU Dublin consortium (2015).  He was a member of the development team for the Technological Higher Education Quality Framework (2017).  In 2016, he was a QQI panel member on the expert group to review research degree provision in Irish HEIs (Report of Expert Panel on the Quality Assurance of Research Degree Programmes in Irish Higher Education Institutions - 2016).

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.

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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