Our Team

FITU Management Team

FITU Management Team

Ms Mary McCarthy-Buckley

Mary McCarthy-Buckley


m.mccarthybuckley@ucc.ie /+353 21 4903363

Mary McCarthy-Buckley has been Manager at the Food Industry Training Unit (FITU), School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, UCC since 1993, managing continuing professional development and training activities in FITU. Mary was also Administrator at the Faculty of Food Science and Technology, UCC, 1993-2000 and has twenty-six years management experience in UCC.  She is a Board Member of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS) Plunkett Institute and a Member of the Steering Group of Taste 4 Success Skillnet. Prior to UCC, Mary worked in the National Board for Science and Technology, BioResearch Ireland and FOSS Denmark.

Ms Maura Conway

Maura Conway

Programme Manager

m.conway@ucc.ie/ 353 21 4903114

Maura Conway has managed the Diploma in Food Science and Technology in the Food Industry Training Unit since 1993 and has also been involved in the development and management of other Certificate and Diploma Programmes over the years in Meat Technology and Seafood Technology. Prior to joining FITU, Maura held positions in research and development with the Leatherhead Food Research Association and Kerry Group.

Dr Angela Sheehan

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Programme Manager

a.sheehan@ucc.ie / +353 21 4901423

Angela joined FITU as Programme Manager in September 2008. She currently manages the Diploma in Speciality Food Production in UCC and a number of other courses & workshops provided by FITU. She worked for 10+ years in the Food Industry with Kerry Group and Northern Foods in Ireland and with Nestle Canada, in the areas of Product and Process Development, Technical Project Management and Quality Management.

Ms Kathy Kirwan

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Programme Manager

kathyfitu@gmail.com / +353 86 2255067

Kathy works on the Diploma in Manufacturing Management programme. She has facilitated courses with various key agents in the food and business industry sectors, working with production teams, undergraduate, post-doctoral students and industry management for many years. Her signature focus is team facilitation and communication skills development. Kathy delivers a hands-on approach to learning through the experiential focus of her workshop facilitation. Her previous clients include: Teagasc, EMC, Cork Institute of Technology, ICOS, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, UCC.

Mr Joe O'Callaghan

FITU team joe o'callaghan

Programme Manager

joeocallaghan@eircom.net / +353 86 3307533

Joe manages the Diploma in Food Manufacturing Management and a number of other courses and workshops. After leadership experience in various high technology industries, he has for the last 10 years worked as a freelance consultant helping organisations improve their innovation and operations performance with specific programmes, many of which involved hands-on project work, programme management and coaching/training of others. He also lectures on operation excellence and supply chain management in UCC

Dr Amy-Jane Troy

FITU team Amy-Jane Troy

Project Director foodlineUCC/Programme Manager

amyjane.troy@ucc.ie/ +353 21 4902799

Amy-Jane is the Project Director for foodline UCC and manages the Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Technology and Innovation. Amy-Jane has a particular interest in food marketing with a focus on digital marketing and communication with the consumer. She continues to engage with Brussels based associations communicating the opinions of health product manufacturers. Prior to UCC, Amy-Jane worked as a communications manager for the European Health Product Manufacture’s Trade Association in addition to other Irish based companies operating within the food and health sector.

Ms Deirdre Hilliard

Ms Deirdre Hilliard

Programme Manager

Deirdre.Hilliard@ucc.ie/ 086 3830011 

Deirdre manages the Diploma in Leadership for the Agri-Food Sector (Agriculture and Agri-Food). After training as an Accountant, Deirdre worked to financial controller level in multinationals in Ireland and the Benelux, managing large international teams. Upon return to Ireland, she set up the multi award winning fresh organic food brand “Just Food” whose soups are stocked in supermarkets across Ireland.

Ms Catherine Connell

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Financial Administrator

fitu@ucc.ie / 021 4903178

Catherine works in Finance in Irish Steel for ten years. She graduated as an Accounting Technician and has experience in credit management, invoicing, bank reconciliations and ledger maintenance. She has worked privately on annual tax returns for small businesses and has been part of the Food Industry Training Unit team since 2015. She is the financial point of contact for Certificate and Diploma programmes.

Ms Vicky Snook

Training and Learning Manager for foodlineUCC


Vicky joined FITU in July of 2020 as the Training and Learning Manager for foodlineUCC. Vicky’s focus is to help create online and blended learning environments and experiences where individuals can continuously develop to be their best. With a background in Applied Psychology, Coaching Psychology and Learning & Development Vicky worked in the private industry for 13 years prior to joining UCC. 



Ms Bernie O'Connell

Bernie O'Connell Administrator FITU



Bernie joined FITU in November 2020.  Previously, she worked as an Administrator in the BIOMERIT Research Centre, which is part of the Microbiology Department, in UCC.  Prior to this she spent 12 years as Data Analyst in Apple Computer.

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