Executive Officers

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Provost & President

Dr Patrick Prendergast is the Provost and President of Trinity College Dublin. He took office in August 2011 and is the 44th Provost to be appointed since the foundation of the University by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. Prior to that he was Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer & Deputy President

Professor Chris Morash was appointed Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer & Deputy President in 2016. He is the senior academic officer with responsibility for the academic affairs of the university, and deputizes for the Provost as required. He is an ex officio member of the Executive Officers Group, the university’s Senior Management Team, along with the Provost, Chief Operating Officer and the Faculty Deans.

Professor Morash became the inaugural Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin on January 1, 2014.   Born in Nova Scotia, his first degree is from Dalhousie University, after which moved to Ireland to join the first cohort of students in the M.Phil. in Anglo-Irish Literature (as it was called at the time) in Trinity in 1985; his Ph.D. on Irish Famine literature is also from Trinity, carried out under the supervision of Professor Terence Brown. Prior to his appointment to Trinity, Chris Morash worked in Maynooth University, where he had been Professor of English since 2007, and founded the Centre for Media Studies in 2003.  He was the first chair of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (2009-2014),and has been an active member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2007.

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Chief Financial Officer

Mr Ian Mathews became Chief Financial Officer in 2009 having held a number of senior positions in the finance area during his 14 years in Trinity College. He is a statutory officer of the University and a key member of the University’s Senior Management Team, the Executive Officer Group, contributing at the highest levels of the University’s leadership structure. He is accountable to the Board and Provost for all aspects of the direction and management of the University’s financial affairs.

As CFO, Mr Mathews is charged with providing a robust financial foundation on which to construct and successfully deliver ambitious academic and corporate objectives through the development, articulation, communication and review of financial strategies. Key tasks include reporting on the financial position and performance of the University; evaluating and advising on the financial implications of proposals and plans; developing alternative financial strategies to support policy decisions; advising in regard to the financing of capital developments.

Mr Mathews qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse-Coopers in Dublin and holds a B.Comm degree as well as a Diploma in Professional Accounting. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

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Chief Operating Officer

Ms Geraldine Ruane is the Chief Operating Officer and heads University Administration and Support Services. This role entails providing strategic leadership in the overall development and management of these services to ensure alignment to the overall strategic objectives of the University. The Chief Operating Officer is an ex officio member of the Executive Officers Group, the University’s Senior Management Team, along with the Provost, Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer and the Faculty Deans. She also chairs the Senior Administration Management Team.

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Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Professor Darryl Jones has responsibility for the oversight of staffing, finance and strategic development in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Faculty Deans play a pivotal role in the overall academic and strategic development of the University, and are ex officio members with the Provost, Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Officers Group, the University’s Senior Management Team.

Professor Jones is a Professor in the School of English and was elected as a  Fellow of Trinity College in 2006.

His major research and teaching interest is in the general area of popular literature, particularly in the fields of horror fiction and film, and Victorian and Edwardian adventure fiction. He has a long-standing teaching and research interest in the nineteenth-century novel; most particularly the work of Jane Austen, on whom he published a monograph in 2004.

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Dean of Engineering, Mathematics & Science

Professor Vinny Cahill is responsible for the provision of academic and strategic leadership within the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science and as such also oversees staffing and finance matters.  Faculty Deans play a pivotal role in the overall academic and strategic development of the College, and are ex officio members with the Provost, Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Officers Group, the university’s Senior Management Team.

Professor Cahill has previously served as Dean & Vice-President for Research, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Director of Research for Computer Science and Statistics. He combines his role with teaching and research in the field of distributed computing systems.

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Dean of Health Sciences

Professor Mary McCarron took office on 01 October 2011 and has responsibility for the oversight of staffing, finance and strategic development in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Faculty Deans play a pivotal role in the overall academic and strategic development of the University, and are ex officio members with the Provost, Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Executive Officers Group, the University’s Senior Management Team.

Prior to this appointment Professor McCarron served as Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Trinity College which is the leading school for Nursing & Midwifery in Ireland and one of the largest schools in the University. In April 2011 Professor McCarron was elected as a Fellow of Trinity College in recognition for her outstanding achievements in research and teaching and her contribution to the academic life of Trinity College.

Professor McCarron undertook her nurse training at Stewarts Hospital in Palmerstown and James Connelly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin. She was awarded an honours degree in Nursing from Dublin City University, and was the recipient of one of the first Clinical Fellowships awarded by the Health Research Board to Nurses and Midwifes in Ireland where she undertook her PhD at Trinity College Dublin.

Dean & Vice-President for Research

Professor Linda Doyle was appointed Dean of Research in 2017. The Dean of Research has responsibility for coordinating and overseeing the University’s research, innovation, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship strategies.

Linda Doyle is Professor of Engineering & The Arts in Trinity College Dublin. Prior to taking on the role of Dean of Research  at Trinity College Dublin, she was the Director of the CONNECT SFI Research, a national research centre focused on future networks and communications.  Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. Prof. Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. Linda was one of the founders of the Orthogonal Methods Group, a research platform that works in critical and creative tension with technology with the purpose of generating knowledges, insights and alternative research orientations across disciplines that are sometimes perceived to be mutually exclusive. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.  She is the Chair of the Douglas Hyde Gallery. 

 

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Head of School of Medicine

Professor Paul Browne is the Head of the School of Medicine. The Head of School is responsible for the effective general management of the School, for ensuring the provision of academic leadership and strategic vision, and for the quality of the student experience.

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Vice-President for Global Relations

Professor Juliette Hussey is the Vice-President for Global Relations and has responsibility for strengthening the University's international strategies and external relationships, both national and international, to effectively deliver the University's core mission in Education and Research.

Professor Hussey has been in Trinity for over 20 years and was head of the discipline of Physiotherapy from 2003-2014. During that time she led on developing programmes in Physiotherapy and allied health sciences which are delivered in Singapore. She was elected to fellowship in 2011, promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and to Professor in 2015. Professor Hussey leads a group working in the area of exercise rehabilitation in patients with cancer. Her research is translational and is aimed at scientifically improving exercise prescription to optimise therapeutic responses. In addition the challenge in the area of exercise and cancer is to determine underlying mechanisms and her group is working with clinical scientists in this respect. Her current research in oesophageal and prostate cancer is funded by the Health Research Board and the World Cancer Research Fund.

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Bursar & Director of Strategic Innovation

Professor Veronica Campbell was appointed Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation in 2015. This role entails providing strategic leadership in the overall development of the campus and administrative services to ensure alignment to the overall strategic objectives of the University. The Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation is an ex officio member of the Executive Officers Group, the University’s Senior Management Team, along with the Provost, Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and the Faculty Deans. She is an ex officio member the Finance and Investment board committees and chair the Space Allocation and Capital Projects sub-committees of the Executive Officer Group.

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Secretary to the College

Mr John Coman became Secretary to the College in 2012 and oversees university governance, compliance and legal matters. He is secretary to the Board of the College and an ex officio member of a number of the College's Principal Committees.  In addition to these core functions, he is responsible for the University's Equality, Irish Language, Information Compliance and Enquiries offices and the College Art Collections.

John previously worked as Corporate and Legal Affairs Secretary in UCD.  Prior to that John worked in Jacobs Biscuits as Assistant Company Secretary and in the Government Departments of Finance, Defence and Gaeltacht. John is a Chartered Secretary by profession and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He holds an MBA from UCD as well as a Diploma in Corporate Governance.

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Director of Public Affairs and Communications

Tom Molloy is the Director of Public Affairs and Communications and has responsibility for developing and managing the University’s communications strategy. This involves relations with the Government and political parties, internal communications and media relations. His unit also promotes Trinity as a leading research and teaching university in Ireland and abroad to key audiences and is responsible for the event management of major functions.

Director of Human Resources

Antoinette Quinn was appointed Director of Human Resources in September 2017. Her role is to support organisational change through strengthening the strategic HR function, while ensuring that the HR team continue to deliver appropriate and effective operational support across Trinity. She is responsible for leading the HR function in the delivery of the HR Strategic Plan in line with the new College Strategy 2014-2019.

Antoinette joined Trinity College from Aer Rianta International, a subsidiary of the Dublin Airport Authority Group.  Antoinette was Global Director for HR for ARI for over five years, leading the HR function in Ireland, North America, Middle East and New Zealand.  Prior to her position in ARI Antoinette worked directly for the daa Group HR leading the Business Partner Team.  Antoinette started her career in Coras Trachtala, the Irish Export Board, which eventually merged with a number of other organisations to become Enterprise Ireland.  Within Enterprise Ireland some of the key roles she held were, Head of Leading & Development and HR Manager for operations in Asia, Americas and Europe.  Antoinette holds a BA in Human Resources from NCI, and an MSc in Human Resource Strategy from  DCU.

 

Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer

Dr Diarmuid O'Brien is the Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer.

Dr O'Brien was appointed the Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer in January 2017. His responsibilities include leading the establishment of Trinity’s Technology and Enterprise Campus at silicon docks and the development and enhancement of the innovation and enterprise mission for the university.

The Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer is an ex officio member of the Executive Officers Group, the University’s Senior Management Team, along with the Provost, Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and the Faculty Deans.

Previously Diarmuid held the role of Director of Research and Innovation with responsibility for both research development and contracts office; and the office of corporate partnership and knowledge exchange; and was the Executive Director of CRANN – an internationally recognised centre of excellence for nanotechnology research based at Trinity College Dublin.

Prior to his roles at Trinity Diarmuid worked in senior management roles in a number of start-up companies including NTera, an electrochromic display company; Xoliox a high power battery company based in Lausanne, Switzerland and Deerac Fluidics a company developing tools to support the drug discovery process.