Membership Profiles

Membership Profiles

Valerie Bistany is a professional arts manager, producer and events coordinator with over 25 years of international experience in Ireland, England and the USA working with organisations such as Dance Ireland, Dublin Youth Theatre, the Abbey and Pavilion Theatres. She is currently the Director/CEO of the Irish Writers Centre where she has worked since 2013.

For the best part of her career prior to this, she worked in a freelance capacity in programming, strategic vision planning, as an independent evaluator and as a creative mentor in the professional arts and voluntary sectors with The Ark, Tivoli Training Centre, DIT and with various artists and arts offices, amongst others.

Also a certified mediator, Valerie began mediating as part of a political dialogue facilitation team working with Northern and Southern Irish politicians at Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and has since worked family, community, workplace and elder mediation, both on a professional and a voluntary basis. She was a founder member of Facing Forward, a restorative justice NGO that promotes and offers training in victim-offender mediation.

Originally from Lebanon, she has lived and worked in England, Italy, Spain and the USA, but has made Dublin her home these last 29 years.

Valerie is currently a member of the Governing Body Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Governing Body Nominations and Process Committee.

Norah Burns

Dr Norah Burns is a human rights academic. She currently lectures at the School of Law in Trinity College Dublin. She has previously lectured in the University of Limerick and TU Dublin. She holds a Bachelors of Law in Law and European Studies, a Masters of Law in Human Rights in Criminal Justice and a PhD in law. She completed a Masters in Third Level Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in 2020 and has also completed postgraduate studies in human rights in Kings College London. In 2018 Norah was selected from 13,000 young people in Europe and Asia as a future young ethical leader in Europe by the Asia Europe Foundation. In 2020 she was selected to represent the University of Limerick in the Regional Teaching Excellence Awards. In 2021 she was awarded a National Teaching Hero Award by the Union of Students in Ireland and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. In November 2020 Norah was elected to the board of the National Women’s Council. In April 2021 she was selected by the Minister for Children and Equality to sit on the Bord of Gaisce: The President of Ireland’s Volunteer Award. In June 2021 Norah was selected for appointment to the Governing Body of TU Dublin by the Minister for Further and Higher Education.

Catherine Clune Mulvaney

Catherine is the Operations & Education Manager in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI, University of Medicine and Health Sciences. In this role Catherine, works collaboratively with the Executive Director and Faculty Board to ensure that Faculty activities contribute towards the delivery of the Faculty’s strategic plan. Catherine has extensive experience in programme design and delivery, quality assurance and standard setting in education and programme evaluation. Catherine is Executive lead on corporate governance for the Faculty with responsibility for the management of the Risk Register. Catherine successfully held the post of Acting Executive Director in the Faculty, for a 12-month period (Oct 17-Sept 18), during which she gained extensive experience in strategic management, corporate governance, leadership and networking. Currently, Catherine is Chairperson of the Podiatrists Registration Board at CORU, Chair of the Board of Management Glasnevin Educate Together National Primary School and a member of the Medical Council’s Registration Review Board. Catherine joined the RCSI in January 2006 as a Lecturer. Prior to this, she held the post of Clinical Nurse Manager 11 in the ICU/HDU, Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, Co. Meath (2004-2005) and staff nurse in renal transplantation, orthopaedics and intensive care in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin (1996-2003). Catherine’s commitment to social justice led her to spend three months in Albania in 1996 as a volunteer worker. Catherine holds a HDip (Intensive Care Nursing), BSs (Nursing), MSc (Nursing), PG Dip (Clinical Health Sciences Education) and the Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI (FFNMRCSI). Catherine is also registered as a Nurse Tutor.

Éilish Finan (CD, CBD, PDCG, FCA, BA; BAI), is a seasoned Board Director and Chair with 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry.  Her portfolio of board memberships includes J.P. Morgan Bank (Luxembourg & Ireland), Metlife Europe & Chase Paymentech Europe among others.  Éilish served a 4-year term as a Board member of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) (2009-2013) and New Ireland Assurance Co (2014-2020).   Éilish spent 17+ years as Executive Director & CFO with AIG Global Investments.

Éilish trained with KPMG as a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.  Éilish also carries an Electronic Engineering Degree and a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the UCD Smurfit Executive Business School. She is a Chartered Director (IOD) and a Certified Bank Director (IOB).

Éilish is currently Chair of the TU Dublin Governing Body Finance and Property Committee.  She also served on the Disbursement Committee of Basis.point Charity from 2012-2018, the Board of Social Finance Foundation (SFF) from 2012-2018, and the Management Board of a second level school from 2013-2018.

Jerry Grant is an experienced Non-Executive Director & Strategic Business Advisor, specialising in the Infrastructure and general Utilities sectors. He is currently Chairman of Dublin Port Company, Director of Sport Ireland, an External Member of the Governing Body of TU Dublin and an External Member of the Audit & Risk Committee at OPW. He has set up and chairs Watershare Ireland, a partnership between GOAL and the Irish Water sector, which is helping to deliver water & sanitation projects in a number of developing countries.

Jerry played a leading role in the establishment of Irish Water as the national water utility, was its first Head of Asset Management from April 2013 to February 2016 and thereafter was Managing Director up to September 2018. Prior to Irish Water, Jerry was Managing Director of RPS in Ireland from 2002 for 10 years, leading a successful infrastructure and environmental consultancy and prior to that was Director of MCOS from the early 1990’s, where he led a market leading water sector consultancy business.

Jerry holds a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering and a Diploma in Contract Law & Arbitration from UCD, is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland, Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering, is a Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Member of the Institute of Directors. He was the recipient of the President’s Award from the ACEI in 2017 for Services to Engineering in Ireland and in 2018, received the 2018 Irish Environment Award from CIWEM (ROI Branch), Outstanding Achievement Award from ICE (ROI Branch) and the Civil Engineering Contractor’s Award for services to the industry.

Jerry is also a member of the Governing Body Finance and Property Committee.

Pamela Kelly is is a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Humanities, TU Dublin, Blanchardstown Campus since 2005. Pamela was the Academic Staff Member on both the Governing Body, Blanchardstown Campus from 2012–2018, and the Joint Governing Bodies Strategy Steering Group from 2017-2018. Pamela was awarded a National Teaching Hero Award in 2014 and 2021 by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Pamela is also a member of the Governing Body Nominations and Process Committee.

Charles Larkin (Discip. Schol.) B.A., Ph.D. [TCD] is Director of Research at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. He was previously special advisor to the Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health, Dr. Michael Harty, TD (Ind.) and to Senator Sean Barrett (Ind.) of the Irish Senate. Dr. Larkin is also an adjunct assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin, Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of Public Administration (Dublin). Dr. Larkin has authored several items of Irish legislation and over 60 scholarly articles, most especially in the areas of finance, cryptocurrencies and public policy economics.

Justin McCarthy is a senior executive at Microsoft with a background of Global and International leadership roles. Having been based in Europe, Asia, US and most recently Ireland, he currently leads a large international team helping Microsoft Customers with their digital transformation across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has a passion for Customers, Business Transformation, People and Diversity & Inclusion. Justin is also the Chair of the Governing Body Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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Conor O’Donovan

Conor O’Donovan is Head of Global Marketing and Corporate Communications at Enterprise Ireland (EI), the Irish Government agency which helps businesses to start, innovate and scale internationally. Enterprise Ireland clients employ over 220,000 people and export over €25bn of products and services across the world. Conor has led the transformation of EI’s marketing and communications division and brand across 40+ overseas markets to support the internationalisation of Irish exporters through strategic communications, digital marketing and reputation building. Conor also manages national communications and marketing for the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) network, the one-stop-shop for regionally-based microenterprises. Conor was previously Director of Policy & Communications at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, was awarded an MBA from UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and holds a 1st Class Honours B.Comm from UCD

Dr Susan O’Shaughnessy is a lecturer in German and Erasmus Academic Coordinator in the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences and the Year 3 coordinator for programmes in the Department of Languages, currently based in the TU Dublin City campus at Kevin Street. Susan has degrees in French and German, Spanish and Humanities, an MA in German and a doctorate in higher education (EdD) from the University of Sheffield. Susan has taught German, European Studies, Communications and Professional Development in the Bolton Street campus and Spanish in Cathal Brugha Street, as well as English for Academic Purposes to Erasmus and international students across the City campus.

Aileen O’Toole is a Digital Strategist and a Chartered Director. She is a journalism graduate of the College of Commerce, now part of TU Dublin, and was Ireland’s first female Business Editor. She is a Co-Founder of The Sunday Business Post newspaper and was a member of the team responsible for building one of Ireland’s leading media brands. Aileen established a digital consulting business in 2001. She combines her advisory work on digital strategy, technology, marketing and communications with board roles. A fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, Aileen has been involved in several initiatives to foster female leadership talent.