Office of CEO

Mr Paul O'Toole

Chief Executive Officer

Ms Jacintha Healy

Office of CEO

Tel: +353 1 2317 150


Mr Malcolm Byrne

Head of Communications

Tel: +353 1 231 7100

Malcolm has been responsible for the HEA’s communications and public affairs strategy since 2007. He has examined the education systems of Canada (Dobbin ICUF scholarship, 2012) and Australia (Endeavour Fellowship, 2014). A graduate in law and in arbitration from UCD, he previously held a variety of posts including with Chambers Ireland, as the first commercial manager with and as Chief Executive of Community Games. He has served as Chair of Wexford County Council, as Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Ireland and as Education Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland. He was named as one of the EU European Young Leaders for 2014.

Ms Maura O'Shea

Tel: +353 1 231 7133

Access Policy

Ms Caitríona Ryan

Head of Access Policy

Caitríona Ryan is Head of Access Policy in the HEA.  Working with the Department of Education and Skills, Caitríona has responsibility for several projects in the implementation of the National Access Plan, 2015 – 2019.  Caitríona has worked in the HEA for 14 years and was formerly Head of Policy & Planning.  Previously, she held positions in Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants, the Department of Enterprise and Employment and the Department of Health and Children.

Mr Neil McDermott

Senior Manager

Dr Raasay Jones

Senior Executive Officer

Ms Mari Tighe

Executive Officer

System Funding, Capital Programmes, Performance Development, Teacher Education and System Governance

Ms Orla Nugent

Deputy Chief Executive

Ms Sheena Duffy

Senior Manager, Institutes of Technology and TU Dublin

Ms Jennifer Gygax

Senior Manager - Universities/Other Institutions

Ms Sorcha Carthy

Senior Manager - Institutes of Technology and TU Dublin

Mr Ciaran McCaffrey

Senior Manager, Capital Funding

Dr Louise Callinan

Senior Manager, Teacher Education

Ms Orla Christle

Senior Manager, System Governance

Ms Siobhán Sleeman

Senior Manager, System Performance

Dr Andrea Valova

Senior Manager, System Funding

Dr Richard Brophy

System Funding

Mr Mark Kirwan

System Funding

Ms Modesta Mawarire

System Funding

Mr Niall O'Connell

Capital Programmes

Ms Elaine Vaughan

Capital Progammes

Dr Miriam Liston

System Performance

Ms Laura Austin

System Performance

Ms Sarah Fitzgerald

Teacher Education

Dr Dorota Migocka-Sendlak

Teacher Education

Ms Leonora Harty

System Governance

Ms Anne Hession

System Governance


Ms Pearl Cunningham

Interim Head of Finance

Mr Stewart Roche

Management Accountant

Mr Liam Ryan


Skills and Enterprise Engagement

Dr Vivienne Patterson

Head of Skills, Engagement and Statistics

Dr Vivienne Patterson is Head of Skills, Engagement and Statistics at the Higher Education Authority. The section has responsibility for the management of the both the Springboard+ Programme, and the provision of national apprenticeships in higher education. Her role in the HEA involves active strategic engagement with agencies such as EI, IDA, IBEC and AmCham to strengthen the relationship between higher education promotion and future employment and innovation. Vivienne played a key role in the development of the National Student Engagement Survey and the National Employers Survey and while leading the Statistics Section was responsible for several publications including “What Do Graduates Do?”, “Key Facts and Figures”, “A Study of Non-Progression in Irish Higher Education” and “Higher Education System Performance: Institutional and Sectoral Profiles”.  Before joining the HEA Vivienne worked as a Senior Researcher in the Skills Initiative Unit and as an Education Consultant with the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of SOLAS where she implemented the education arm of the National Skills Database.

Ms Louise Sherry

Senior Manager, Skills and Engagement Section

Ms Fiona Davis

Senior Manager, Skills and Engagement

Mr Fergal Noone

Ms Carol Kellegher

Ms Maria Cross

Statistics Section

Mr Victor Pigott

Senior Statistics Manager

Ms Valerie Harvey

Head of Performance Evaluation

Dr Dawn Carroll

Data and Policy Analyst

Dr Denise Frawley

Data and Policy Analyst

Mr David Sheils

Data Analyst

Mr Brian Stanley

Data Analyst

Mr John Horan

Database Developer

International Programmes

Mr Gerry O'Sullivan

Head of International Programmes

Gerry O’Sullivan is Head of International Education at the Higher Education Authority in Dublin.  He has served the Authority in many areas including as Head of Communications for the organisation. He has addressed many international fora and conferences including the Education and Culture Committee of the European Parliament; the FAUBAI Conference in Brazil and many meetings in Germany, Brussels, the UK, Jordan, Russia and Austria. He is currently the Chair of the Erasmus+ Working Group on Persons with Disability and has been a member of the Bologna Working Group on Internationalisation and Mobility.  He is also a member of the European Higher Education Area Advisory Group on International Co-operation and the EHEA Working Group on New Goals.

Gerry holds a Bachelor Degree in European Studies from the University of Limerick, a Master Degree in Communications and Cultural Studies from Dublin City University and a Professional Diploma in Irish from University College Dublin.

Ms Mary May

Ms Mary Dunne

Dr Sharon Tighe-Mooney

Executive Officer

Ms Aoileann Ní Bhroin

Executive Officer

Policy and Strategic Planning and Research

Mr Tim Conlon

Head of Policy and Strategic Planning

Ms Nicki O'Connor

Senior Policy Advisor

Ms Julie O'Donnell

Executive Officer

Please email

Corporate Affairs / Human Resources and Accounts

Mr Padraic Mellett

Head Of Corporate Affairs

Padraic Mellett is a Head of Corporate Affairs and is responsible for HR, governance, IT and the HEA’s own finances. He is also Secretary to the Authority. He graduated from UL with a BA in European Studies and subsequently UCD (MBA) and DCU (MBS-HR). He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.

Mr Brian Johnston

Accounts and Procurement

Tel: +353 1 231 7120

Mr Graham Barry

Tel: +353 1 231 7170

Ms Shauna Brennan

HR and Accounts

Tel: +353 1 231 7100

Ms Karolina-Anna Siedlik

Senior Executive Officer

Tel: +353 1 231 7122

Mr Mark Carroll

Executive Officer / HR and Accounts

01 23 17 138


Mr Louis Comerford

IT Manager

Mr John Spencer


Ms Caroline Curtis

Ms Bridget Kelly

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