Rowan Manahan

Career Consultant


Rowan has worked in the commercial-industrial sector with indigenous and multinational companies and have since amassed over 20 years’ experience mentoring and training with executives at all levels. He has split his time between specialist consultation on Presentation Skills and Career issues. He ignores all generic requests to link, yet still get a lot of them, which presumably means people haven't read this far.

He serves as an External Lecturer for Trinity College Dublin, Bochum University, The National College of Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology and Froebel College (NUIM). He is the author of two best-selling books on career management issues, speaks frequently at a variety of conferences and appears regularly in the media sharing ideas and advice relating to the world of work.

Rowan’s mantra: We are 98.5% chimpanzee and 1.5% human.

Mary Mc Carron 

Dean of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences


Mary McCarron, PhD RNID, RGN, BNS. F.T.C.D is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Chair of Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin. Since joining Trinity College in 2002 Professor McCarron has held many senior leadership roles. In 2011 Professor McCarron was elected Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.  She is a member of the Senior Executive Management team of the University. A leader in multidisciplinary health sciences, Professor McCarron is a committed ageing research leader at Trinity College and an international expert in the fields of intellectual disability, ageing, dementia, and palliative care. Founder and Principal Investigator for the first ever Longitudinal Comparative Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (IDS-TILDA).

She has been successful in obtaining over €10,000,000 in research funding, as PI or collaborator, and holds/has held grants from a variety of National International sources such as the Department of Health, Health Research Board, National Disability Authority, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care, Atlantic Philanthropies and Horizon 2020. Professor McCarron is an active member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD), she plays a critical leadership role in EngAGE, the Trinity College Dublin consortium of over 140 multi-disciplinary researchers on ageing issues. In 2010 in conjunction with Professor Heleen Evenhuis, Professor McCarron led the Development of a PhD Exchange Programme between the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College and the Department of Intellectual Disability Medicine, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands. She holds a research Professorship at the Centre for Excellence in Ageing & Community Wellness at the University at Albany NY.

Dónal Moore

HR Partner, Health Sciences


Dónal has been with College since 2008 having come from the Irish Medical Organisation, where he was part of the team to negotiate the 2008 Consultant Contract. Since coming to TCD and has with the HR Partner Team designed many innovative development programmes for staff in college. He has in previous years assisted the Dean with promotional matters and is highly experienced in Industrial Relations.

Dónal holds a degree in HR and an MSc HR and a diploma in Legal Studies from the Kings Inns, is an accredited Coach and Workplace Mediator as well as an experienced negotiator.

Ronán MacDermott

Manager Staff Development


Ronán has been the responsible for Staff Development in trinity for the past 8 years and has developed a range of innovative programmes for academic staff including:

  • The Early Career Mentoring Initiative
  • The Momentum Mentoring Programme for more experienced academic staff
  • Professional Skills for Research Leaders – a blended learning programme
  • Career Planning for Research staff
  • Strategic Planning for Academic Units
  • Media Skills
  • Professional Project Management

He holds a BA (Management), MSc (Econ) and an MBA and is professionally qualified in a range of psychometric instruments.