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Rockford Manor Presentation School

“Inspiring Minds” Careers Conference

March 8th 2018 (International Women’s Day)

Conference March 8th 2018 (International Women’s Day) “A Christian environment where teaching and learning

“A Christian environment where teaching and learning nurture the personal development of every student”

Welcome to Rockford Manor School’s “Inspiring Minds” Careers Night. It is the first time in
Welcome to Rockford Manor School’s “Inspiring Minds” Careers Night. It is the first time in

Welcome to Rockford Manor School’s “Inspiring Minds” Careers Night. It is the first time in many years that this event has taken place and we are delighted that so many people have agreed to take part.

It is often difficult for students to decide what they would like to do after school. Young people today are more likely to change careers a number of times

throughout their working lives than ever before. With this in mind, we believe it

is very important to expose students to a wide variety of career options as early as

possible in Secondary school.

The many professionals representing a diverse range of careers this evening provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn about different careers and the pathways they may take to pursue them.

I would particularly like to thank all of the professionals who have taken the

time to join us this evening. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to ask questions, explore their options and reflect on the many possibilities open to them.

Finally, best wishes for an entertaining, informative and inspiring evening and many thanks to everyone involved in the organisation of this event.

Liz Caffrey

Room 2 - The Future of Work Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Lil Hennigan

Peter Cosgrove
Peter Cosgrove

Biography of Participants

The future of work – “the key skills students need to develop in the future”.

Peter Cosgrove holds a BComm and a MBS from UCD. He is a director with CPL, the largest recruitment and outsourcing consultancy in Ireland and founder of the Future of Work Institute. He is a regular contributor to the national media on areas of skills, talent, diversity, and the future of work. Peter is on the steering committee of the 30% club which promotes gender diversity and on the board of the mental health charity Aware. He is also the current chairman of Blackrock Athletic Club.

Biography of Participants

Room 3 - Medical and health Care Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Collette O Boyle

Mr Edward Dervan
Mr Edward Dervan

Mr Edward Dervan: MB BCh BAO, MSc, MD, MRCophth, FRCSI (Ophth), Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Bons Secours Hospital, Dublin and Mater Private Hospital, Dublin. His subspecialty interests are glaucoma and cataract surgery. He qualified as a doctor from University College Dublin in 1998. He completed his ophthalmic surgical training in Ireland and was awarded fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Ophthalmology) in 2013. He also completed an advanced surgical fellowship in Perth,Australia specialising in anterior segment disease, focusing primarily on glaucoma

and complex cataract surgery. He previously worked as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Perth before accepting a position as Consultant Ophthalmologist specialising in glaucoma at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in 2015. His research interests include understanding the basic science of glaucoma, improving the clinical outcomes and the provision of services to patients with glaucoma. He was awarded a research medical doctorate from University College Dublin for his research on pseudoexfoliation glaucoma.

Dr. Julie Broderick
Dr. Julie Broderick
Ailbhe Raftery
Ailbhe Raftery

Dr. Julie Broderick is a physiotherapist and lecturer in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She worked for a number of years as a physiotherapist before moving to the university setting. Her research and clinical interests are in the areas of cardio-respiratory, oncology and mental health. She is supervising a number of projects which study the effect of exercise in people with chronic (long-term diseases) and how technology can help to encourage people with chronic disease to be more physically active.

Ailbhe recently graduated from Medicine in NUI Galway in 2017. She started her intern year in Cappagh hospital and completed her rotation in Orthopaedics. Ailbhe has since moved to Beaumount hospital where she has completed her surgical rotation in urology. She is currently on her third rotation in Beaumount Hospital working in the acute stroke ward in which she helps treat stroke patients in hospital as well as liaising with the other healthcare professionals in the after care of patients once discharged.

Room 4 - Living Environment Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Kathy Behan

Biography of Participants

Edward Gillic
Edward Gillic

Edward qualified from UCD in 1997 in Veterinary Medicine. He holds a Masters in European Food and Regulatory Affairs and obtained the General Practitioner Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2009. His interests are mainly in the area of soft tissue surgery and is particularly skilled in the field of orthopaedic surgery and fracture repair. Edward lives in Meath with his family.

Conor Behan
Conor Behan
Gavin Fleet
Gavin Fleet

Conor Studied Science at NUI Galway and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Zoology. Since then he has been working in the Aquaculture (Fish Farming) industry and is currently working as hatchery manager for Keywater Fisheries in Co. Sligo where they breed and grow Perch for the Swiss market. Conor is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Civil Engineering through NUI Galway where he is studying the efficiencies of fish farms. In September this year he will also start a Masters in Business and Biotechnology in UCD and he hopes to move his career into the Biotechnology industry.

Gavin Fleet is third generation member of An Garda Siochana. His Father and both grandfathers were members of the force as well. From an early age he had a good idea someday he might join An Garda Siochana. After finishing his leaving cert in 1998 Gavin went on to Study Mechanical Engineering In Institute of Technology in Tallaght. After finishing with his studies there he applied for An Garda Siochana. He was successful with his interview and entered the gates of Templemore in 2003. In April 2004 Garda Fleet was attested and got his first posting as a Garda in

Dun Laoghaire. While stationed there Garda Fleet has completeted many courses within An Garda Siochana to progress his career like car&van course, probationer trainer, interviewing skills, survival course, public order training, mountain bike course and many more. Garda Fleet is now stationed in Cabinteely Garda Station where he is involved with Community Policing a role he is really relishing and enjoying.

Biography of Participants

Room 6 - Arts and Creative Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Tony Collison

David Caffrey
David Caffrey
Larry Bass
Larry Bass
Karla Zambra
Karla Zambra
Eimear Morrissey
Eimear Morrissey

David Caffrey began his film & tv career with various production roles on b-movies with Roger Corman. Short films, CONNIVERS, BANTAMS & BOLT caught the eye of the industry, resulting in a move to the feature film arena with DIVORCING JACK for Scala Productions then onto the 18th Century Mini-series ARISTOCRATS for BBC/WGBH. ON THE NOSE, a comedy feature for Subotica/ Universal & GRAND THEFT PARSONS for Swipe Films/Lionsgate followed. Since then work has alternated between commercials and television drama; the latter including series one of LINE OF DUTY for BBC/World productions, 5 Seasons of LOVE/HATE for RTE/Octagon & LUCKY MAN for SKY/Carnival. More recently he completed the full first season of PRIME SUSPECT 1973 for ITV/NOHO & the latest series of PEAKY BLINDERS for BBC/Tiger Aspect/CM Production.

In 1999 Larry Founded ShinAwiL Productions Ltd. Larry has Executive Produced the Irish versions of series’, The Apprentice that won 2 IFTA’s, Dragons’ Den, Master Chef Ireland, The Voice of Ireland & most recently the hugely successful Dancing with The Stars. Other recent productions include Home of the Year, What are you Eating? Now the ShinAwiL focus is on International Drama. Larry has sat on many boards including: Screen Producers Ireland, Screen Training Ireland, Board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, currently sits on the Irish Film Board & Entertainment Masterclass. He has also sat on a jury for the International Emmys, Rose d’Or, BANFF & Real Screen Television Awards. Larry has guest lectured at DIT Dublin, IADT Dublin, MipTV & MIPCOM, SPAA Australia & Entertainment Masterclass. In his spare time Larry is Chairman of National League Soccer club Cabinteely FC.

Karla Zambra graduated from DIT with a first class honours degree in Media Arts with French. She specialised in radio in her final year and her radio documentary “A Little Grey Matter” won Newstalk’s Emerging Voices competition. Karla started her career at City Channel where she was part of the IFTA nominated news team and also produced and presented a weekly movie review show. Since then she has worked on a wide variety of programmes for RTÉ and TV3. She is currently an assistant producer on Ireland’s Got Talent.

Eimear is a full time actor, voiceover artist and facilitator. She holds a BA in Theology and Sociology from Maynooth University. She spent time as a primary school teacher after graduating, but returned to education to train as an actor in 2006 at The Gaiety School of Acting. March 2018 see’s the nationwide release of Damo & Ivor The Movie in which Eimear Plays Tracey Rooney. Her voice can be heard regularly on TV and Radio and she has a CV that spans stage and screen. When she is not performing Eimear enjoys teaching acting to young people, is a founding member of D15 Youth Theatre and has worked extensively in the field of Theatre in Education.

Room 8 - Science and Engineering Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Mella Brophy

Biography of Participants

Jane O’Hara
Jane O’Hara
Grace Lawlor
Grace Lawlor
Lisa Cusack
Lisa Cusack

Jane holds a PhD in biology, in which she studied how breast cancer cells respond to drug treatments. After completing this degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, she carried out further cancer research in a lab in Vancouver, Canada. Jane then returned to Ireland to work in science communication and education of people young and old, at Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork. She now works with school teachers to enhance their professional development in technology at Trinity College Dublin.

Grace runs the CodePlus programme in Trinity College Dublin which is an ongoing research project seeking to explore the reasons for female under representation in Computer Science at University level. CodePlus works with girls schools to teach students and teachers coding, computational thinking and to provide opportunities for girls to explore careers in CS. Grace holds a B.Ed having worked as a primary school teacher before studying Computer Science and Education at Trinity College Dublin (M.Sc) and is currently studying for a Ph.D in the School of Computer Science and Statistics.

Lisa took her first flying lesson at the age of 13, and took inspiration from this to set about planning a career in aviation. She graduated from DCU with an honours degree in Applied Physics and gained employment as a flight dispatcher in Dublin Airport. With lengthy costs involved to fund flying lessons, Lisa set up a cupcake business, where she baked and sold over 10,000 cupcakes to fund her private pilot’s license. Having completed the first part of her training, she was selected as 1 of 12 out of 3000 candidates as a cadet pilot, by Aer Lingus. She is now a qualified pilot, flying the Airbus 320 daily across Europe. The start of the summer sees her moving on to the much larger Airbus 330 and flying to America. Lisa’s next ambition is to achieve her ultimate dream of becoming a Captain for Aer Lingus.

Biography of Participants

Francisco De Sebastian
Francisco De Sebastian
Teodora Stoyanova
Teodora Stoyanova

Room 9 - Business and Languages Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Liz de Patoul

Francisco holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He started his career in the Marketing department of France Telecom in Spain, before the www existed. Since then his career has been linked to the IT

Industry in Spain with different management positions. Two years ago, he moved to Dublin with his family to lead

a sales team in LinkedIn that helps companies to sell more efficiently by using better the digital channels.

Teodora Stoyanova is the Relationship Manager at LinkedIn and has been working within the company for 3 years. As

a Relationship Manager she works with Spanish companies

helping them to optimize their recruitment and employer branding strategy. Before LinkedIn, she worked at Google for one year as a Business development specialist.

Dr Derval Conroy
Dr Derval Conroy

Dr Derval Conroy is an Associate Professor of French in UCD. She holds a first-class honours BA in English and French from Trinity, a Masters in French from the Sorbonne Nouvelle and

a PhD from Trinity where she taught first before moving to

UCD. She has published widely on seventeenth-century French literature and history of ideas, and has a particular interest in

the history of equality. She is deeply committed both to the role of the Arts and Humanities in developing critical thinking skills and to the specific importance of languages in opening up new horizons. She is former director of the BA International

Modern Languages programme in UCD and the director of the new English, European and World Literatures degree, which will welcome its first cohort in September 2018.

Room 10 - Society and Government- Education Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Elisabeth Sinnott

Biography of Participants

Lillian Lancaster
Lillian Lancaster
Susan Bracken
Susan Bracken

Lesley Naughton

Paula Myler
Paula Myler

Since graduating in 1991 with a diploma in Child Care most of my professional work has been with young children and their families. I have been involved in Early Childhood Education and Care for the last decade and my ultimate aim as a lecturer is to help students develop into self-regulating, reflective practitioners. I have an interest in experiential and self-directed learning, so supporting how students learn on placement is one of my passions, so much so I am doing a PhD about how placement learning happens.

Susan holds a First Class MSC in Primary Education, in which she researched how Irish teachers are prepared to deal with Critical Incidents in schools. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor degree in International French and Modern Irish in UCD. She spent a year working as an English Language Assistant in a Primary School in Bordeaux in order to gain valuable teaching experience before beginning the Masters programme. She now works as a learning support teacher for early intervention with Junior Infants in a Primary School in Terrenure.

Lesley Naughton is a final year B.Ed student in DCU institute of Education. She has worked in the food industry for the last three years and as a carer for the elderly. She also qualified as a zumba instructor in her first year of college. Nearly ready to step in to the working world, she hopes to give you all any information you might seek and to answer your questions.

Paula gained her childcare qualifications in 1997-1998 with the School of Practical Childcare. From then until 2014 she mainly worked in customer Service, administrative and executive roles and managed a busy Career Development Unit. She re-joined the Early Years sector in 2014, as a preschool teacher. In 2017 she graduated from University Limerick after studying the Leadership for Inclusion in the Early Years (LINC) higher education programme and is now the Inclusion Co-ordinator for her setting, whereby she supports any child with an additional need in the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme (ECCE).

Biography of Participants

Room 13 - Science and Engineering Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Kate O Toole

Fabian McGrath
Fabian McGrath

Fabian is Lecturer in Transfusion Science in Dublin Institute of Technology and Member of the Transfusion Transplantation Advisory Board of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine(ACSLM). He studied in DIT receiving his BSc from Trinity College Dublin in 1992 and his MSc, with distinction, from TCD in 2000. Fabian worked as Medical Scientist for 17 years in several locations in Dublin, including the Irish Blood Trans Service and the Mater hospital before becoming a Senior Medical Scientist in 1998 in Tallaght Hospital. In 2001, he moved to the Netherlands where he worked in research in the department

of immunopathology at Sanquin Blood Centre in Amsterdam. While there, he published several scientific papers on the immune system protein Complement C1q. Since 2007, Fabian has been lecturing to undergraduate and post graduate students in DIT and is the Chair of the MSc in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Fiona O’Sullivan
Fiona O’Sullivan

Fiona studied Physics, Biology, Home Economics, and French in secondary school. She then went on to study science in Trinity. In third year Fiona decided to specialise in Immunology. This is the study of the immune system and examines ways in which diseases can overcome the immune system and ways in which our body tries to defend against disease at a cellular level. During her time in Trinity Fiona completed two summer internships in laboratories in other universities, one in UCD and one in UCC. After graduating in 2014 Fiona decided to continue in research and decided to do a Ph.D. in Epidemiology. This is the study of population health and how certain factors can affect health outcomes in the population. Fiona’s research was based on vitamin D

and UVB & the risk and survival of oesophageal and gastric cancer. This research involved examining vitamin D levels in a large population of Irish adults & using data from European Space Agency (ESA) satellites to measure UVB levels over Ireland.

Joseph Mclean
Joseph Mclean

Joseph recently started working in an engineering firm in South Dublin. Joseph worked as a volunteer civil engineer and has completed 2 years working with the Alan Kerns project in Zambia in which he managed the development of water treatment centres and the construction of residential areas for orphans. Joseph has volunteered in civil engineering projects in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Guatemala. Joseph completed his civil engineer degree in DIT after completing a diploma in engineering in GMIT in Galway.

Room 14 - Society and Government Journalism Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Laura White

Biography of Participants

Niamh Haskins
Niamh Haskins
John Fogarty
John Fogarty

Niamh was awarded with an honours degree (2.1) in a Bachelor of Arts -Journalism, where she studied an array of subjects including online, print & broadcast media, as well as writing a thesis examining how the public interpret images of female athletes output by the media. After completing this degree at Dublin Institute of technology, she worked in many areas in the field & was hired by DIT & Campus.ie as editor running a newspaper for over 13,000 students across Dublin & a website with over 100,000 views per day. Niamh gained incredible experience on a six-week internship with RTE Radio (News at one) and now works as a freelance graphic designer and writer with both VIP Magazine and the Gazette Group, along with running Campus.ie.

John Fogarty (38) has been the Gaelic Games Correspondent of the Irish Examiner since 2010. Prior to that, he was a sports reporter and chief sports sub-editor with the Irish Mail on Sunday/Ireland on Sunday where he worked for 12 years. John studied English and Sociology in NUI Maynooth, editing the college newspaper in his final year there. He was awarded the McNamee National GAA Journalism award in 2006. He lives in Firhouse, Dublin.

Adrian Eames
Adrian Eames

Adrian Eames hails from Sligo and has vast experience working in radio as a presenter, commentator and producer. Now with RTE, he has previously worked for Mid-West Radio, North West Radio (now Ocean FM) and FM 104. Joining RTE in 1998, he has presented all of the flagship sports programmes on RTE Radio, including Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport, Sport at 7, Drivetime Sport and Game On. He works both in radio and television. Adrian has been Head of the RTE Radio Team for three Olympic and Paralympic Games (Beijing, London and Rio De Janeiro). Having commentated on the World Cup in South Africa (2010) and Rio (2014) for RTE Television, he will take on

that role for the third time this summer, when he travels to the World Cup in Russia as television commentator for RTE. Adrian has won many awards for his work, including the ESB Media Award for Best Sports Programme, PPI Gold Radio Award for RTE’s radio coverage of the Beijing Olympics, Best Producer/Presenter of the Paralympic Games and has twice won the FAI Communication Award for Feature/Broadcast of the Year.

Biography of Participants

Des Mclean
Des Mclean
Mark Kedney
Mark Kedney
Ciara Mc Auley
Ciara Mc Auley

Room 15 - Business and Languages Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Aine Mclean

Des is the Chief Financial Officer at a financial services group

in Dublin. Des is responsible for the day to day running of

the finance department, which includes financial reporting, planning and record-keeping, managing the financial risks and the IT function of the Group. Des studied at NUI Galway where he completed a BA in Legal Science and Economics and continued his studies in DCU where he completed

a professional diploma in accountancy. Des joined the

accountancy and advisory firm Deloitte in 2007 where he qualified as a chartered accountant and has since held a number of positions ranging from finance to operational risk.

Mark holds an MSc in Strategic Procurement and is the Procurement Manager with Bord Bia - The Irish Food Board. Mark is a procurement, supply chain and management professional with more than 30 years experience. This experience was gained working for national and international, private and public organisations in manufacturing, telecommunications and the health and food sectors. Mark was also a Judge for the National Procurement Awards in 2012 and 2013. Marks role helps organisations to increase value, reduce costs, perform process analysis and implement improvements, manage projects, prepare, analyse and award tenders, and negotiate contracts.

Ciara studied Computing in IT Tallaght and then Computer Applications in DCU. She worked in Amazon during college as a Systems Engineer Intern for 6 months. She joined Workday as a Graduate Software Engineer in 2016 as part of their Technology Rotation Program. Workday is an American cloud enterprise software company with its EU headquarters in Dublin. Ciara is now finished the graduate program and working as part of the Statistics Warehouse team which deals with processing and storing petabytes of data.

Room 16 - Medical and health Care Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Miriam Howlin

Biography of Participants

Moya Doyle
Moya Doyle
Alison Gandola
Alison Gandola
Helen Tuffy
Helen Tuffy
Roisin Baggott
Roisin Baggott

Moya Doyle is a Senior Occupational Therapist (OT) working for the HSE in Primary Care in Dublin South City. She worked for 22 years in Canada and has extensive experience working with clients with neurological conditions and traumatic brain injury. Since returning to Ireland in 2014 she joined the primary care OT service and her area of clinical interest is in Dementia. Moya completed a Dementia Champion course with DCU in 2016 and is a Dementia Awareness Facilitator through DemPath (St. James’s Hospital). Together with her colleague, Katie Barry, Senior OT, she developed a Community OT Clinical Care Pathway for clients with Dementia which is being shared nationally.

Alison Gandola holds a BSc in Midwifery from University College Dublin. She is Registered Midwife working in the Labour Ward in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. After completing her Leaving Certificate in Rockford Manor Alison worked in retail, as a Youth Worker, Childcare assistant and as a Special Needs Assistant. Inspired by working with and caring for people Alison studied Nursing Studies in Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute where her results ensued a place for her in UCD, where she graduated with first class honors in 2017.

Helen Tuffy studied intellectual disability nursing in St Joseph’s Hospital Clonsilla where she qualified in 1996. She started work as a staff nurse in Carmona services Glenageary (St John of God). After a years’ experience under her belt she moved to New York to work as a medical counsellor & health care specialist for 2 years for the largest learning disability agency in NY state. Children’s nursing followed with a postgraduate diploma from UCD in 2003 and a nursing career in Temple St Children’s University Hospital since. She completed her BsC in Nursing leadership and management in 2004. With posts in surgical nursing and education, Helen is now the Cleft Clinical Services Coordinator at the hospital.

Roisin completed her nurse training in the University of Central England (UCE) now known as Birmingham City University (BCU). She has 15 years’ experience in nursing and has worked in a variety of nursing fields in England and Ireland. Roisin has worked as a fertility nurse specialist for the last 5 years, she works as part of a multidisciplinary team to help people fulfil their dream of having a family.

Biography of Participants

Room 30 - Science and Engineering- ICT Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Mr Jason Burns

Phoebe Collison
Phoebe Collison
Natasha Cole
Natasha Cole

Phoebe Collison is a Trinity College scholarship graduate with a B.A. in Business, Economic and Social Studies and M.Sc. in International Management. She also holds a Diploma in International Business Development from the Irish Management Institute and is a published author from her research into the role of Chinese foreign direct investment in Ireland. She has held a number of Commercial, Product and User Experience roles within the mobile technology industry in both the UK and Ireland and is currently working as a Digital Insights Analyst at Travelport Digital, an app development company for travel brands, based in Dublin.

Natasha has always had a huge interest in Computer Science since her early years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Computing. She studied many different programming languages including Java, JavaScript and Ruby. Today she is an iOS Developer switching between Objective-C and Swift depending on what projects she is working on. Natasha is currently contracting in a company called CarTrawler (recently voted the 16th best place to work in in Ireland) working on an SDK for car rental during booking. She previously worked on the easyJet application in a company called Travelport Digital since 2014 and has had many other projects throughout her career.

Carissa Smith
Carissa Smith

After completing my Leaving Certificate in Rockford Manor through the LCA programme, I Moved to Northen Ireland to do a two year gap programming doing youth and children’s work. After that I moved back to Dublin to study in The Liberties College for two years. Year one was Care of the Child with Special Needs – Special Needs Assistant and year two I studied Networking Technician. After the first year of college I set up a youth group for children with special needs called EXPECTANT and it is still going today. Now I am I’m currently in my second year in Dublin Institute of Technology studying to get a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Information Systems. Where I won the award

for “EIR Disability Champion 2017” and I am now a Technology Mentor. I run workshops and create learning materials such as tutorial videos, infographics and instructional documents over the academic year to promote innovative and exciting tools among the 1,400 students registered with the Disability Support Service in DIT.

Room 31 - Society & Government Education & Global Dev. Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Breda Smith

Biography of Participants

Ciara Cassoni
Ciara Cassoni

Ciara qualified with a Masters in Dramatherapy from NUI Maynooth. She is now employed by the School Completion Programme in Finglas to work with young people who are at risk of leaving school early. Ciara, a qualified mindfulness facilitator teaches teachers a mindfulness for teens programme in the schools that she works in. Ciara has worked for the Gaiety School of Acting on their Outreach Programmes where she has provided workshops on communication skills and confidence building and on their “Breathe” programme, a positive mental health workshop for secondary school students and their

teachers and parents. Ciara also teaches for the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Meath and teaches Mindfulness privately. Ciara has also had her own plays performed in Cork, Meath and at The New Theatre in Dublin.

Nichola Flood
Nichola Flood

Nichola holds a BA hons degree in Training & Education coupled with a dip in nutritional coaching. After completing this degree within NUI Galway, she became the Head Of Training and Education for Irelands largest pharmacy group. Here she introduced the Training department and developed their curriculum for 1000 staff members. Through her career within the pharmacy sector and her passion for health and nutrition she gained a dip in Nutritional Coaching here she designed and developed the Change your health direction programme for Lloyds Pharmacy. After 17 years within the Training Education field she decided to turn her passion into her career and is now the owner of The Queen Of Health.

Maria Mc Loughlin
Maria Mc Loughlin

MariaMcLaughlinhasbeenworkingasManagerofprogrammes in international development with Plan International since March 2017. She has been working in technical advice, research and programme management in long term development work in Africa and Asia for almost 15 years. She specialises in youth and women’s economic empowerment and enterprise development. Before moving to West Africa in 2006, Maria managed youth projects in Ireland and London, and was a strategy advisor to local government and public services in London. Maria has a BA (hons) in Peace and Conflict Studies from University of Ulster, and a Masters in Development and Anthropology from London School of Economics.

Biography of Participants

Room 32 - Society and Government-Fitness and Leisure Assigned Teacher Chairperson - Ms Sandra Joyce

Grace Lawlor
Grace Lawlor

Grace completed a one-year course in Hairdressing and Beauty therapy in Blackrock College of Further Education with State exams in Hairdressing and in Beauty Therapy. Grace continued her apprenticeship with Peter Mark which followed on into management, during her time in Peter Mark she was a member of the Irish Hairdressing team and competed in national and international competitions. Grace was also an in-salon trainer from the time she qualified with the company. Grace has an ITEC diploma in Holistic massage therapy, Anatomy and physiology and Indian head massage. Grace has been in

Sallynoggin College of Further Education since 2002 & has taught Hairdressing QQI level 5, Junior & Senior Trade Hairdressing, Communications, Team Leadership level 6, Health Promotion Level 6. Grace is a past student of Rockford Manor.

Lisa Donnelly
Lisa Donnelly

Lisa has a Distinction Bachelor of Arts degree in leisure management and soon to have a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Leisure Management through Dublin Institute of Technology. She currently works for DLR Leisure and holds various Internationally recognised fitness qualifications, from swim teaching to gym instruction and various group exercise qualifications. Lisa has experienced all elements of life after secondary school, failed attempt at 3rd level education, working full time, PLC courses and now back to third level while maintaining a full-time job.

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy

Paul is currently working as a leisure supervisor and sports officer for dlr leisure monkstown. Paul has been working in the industry for 16 years and has a wide range of qualifications including diplomas in gym instruction personal trainer and sports massage. As part of his job Paul works closely with local communities, youth groups and schools in developing programmes. Paul also has a wealth of experience working with league of Ireland clubs at youth level such as Bray Wanderers and Bohemians as a strength and conditioning coach and sports therapist.