A warm welcome for UCC Academy's newest team members

9 Jul 2021

Eight new people have joined UCC Academy in recent months, underscoring the continued growth of UCC’s in-house consultancy as it emerges from the pandemic and prepares for a new academic year. 

Coming from a range of professional backgrounds, each new member of UCC Academy’s team brings a wealth of expert knowledge and international experience to campus. 

Maeve Fitzpatrick, for example, will lean on her experience of working in business partner and strategy roles at two leading law firms in Perth, Western Australia, as she supports UCC School of Law to continue to develop and implement an internationalisation programme that meets the School’s ambitions. Having worked with public and private sector clients during her time in PwC’s People and Organisation advisory practice, Maeve is also supporting a number of teams in UCC with change relating to ways of working.  

Likewise, as UCC Academy’s new business intelligence project lead, Darren Coughlan will call on his experience of leading a team of workforce management, planning and analytics professionals across three continents with Voxpro. 

In his new role, Darren will also draw on the industry knowledge he acquired from working as a financial controller with Stryker Orthopaedics, where he helped establish the finance function in Cork, before relocating to New Jersey to lead an ERP implementation for five global manufacturing sites. ​ 

Catherine Wiley, an accomplished project and change manager, comes to UCC Academy having previously worked in a variety of roles with organisations like Qualcomm, Analog Devices, Motorola, Freescale, Socowave, Globetech and Mitsubishi. 

As a former Steering Committee Member at Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland, Tyndall Institute, Catherine will be able to call on her experience of working at the interface between industry and academia in her new role.  

John Lawler joins UCC Academy as a Project Manager and will be working with UCC’s Office of Recruitment and Admissions to support the online academic orientation of first-year students. 

An enthusiastic and innovative leader, John will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role after helping to establish Western Sydney University’s Program Management Office. 

In May, Alicia O'Neill became the International Unit’s new Service Delivery Manager, where she will lean on over 30 years of experience working across divergent sectors. 

Having previously worked in London’s financial services sector, as well as holding roles in the US and UK public sectors, Alicia brings a huge amount of service delivery and portfolio management knowledge to campus. 

Lillian Luo also joins UCC Academy in an international capacity - as Head of the Shanghai Representative Office. 

With more than 6 years of experience in promoting international universities in China, Lillian has a strong sense of how an international higher education institution can market itself there. 

Ciarán Kavanagh became the newest member of the PrimeUCC team in May, where he will support the writing, editing and development of UCC Academy-supported research proposals as a ​ Development Officer. 

Detail orientated, Ciarán holds a PhD in literary theory and worked as a Technical Writer with Johnson Controls International, where he developed technical documentation for a wide range of hardware, software and services.​ 

Cliodhna Kelly joins UCC Academy to help support an internal project that will see the Creative Services team evolve and merge with Conference UCC to become a new business unit and to assist with the IMI Integration project.  

A change management consultant, Cliodhna previously worked within PwC’s People and Organisation advisory practice and Enterprise Ireland’s change management team. 

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