External Advisory Board to the President

External Advisory Board to the President

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The External Advisory Board to the President was established to support the mission of the President including the delivery of the core mission of UCC, providing an external perspective on strategy and vision; serving as a source of independent advice; advising and challenging on strategic issues; and establishing a two-way engagement.



Mr. Brendan Tuohy, Chair

Brendan Tuohy is Chairman of EirGrid, MAREI and TILDA (Longitudinal Study of Ageing). He also chairs the Finance Committee and Quality Council of the Kerry Education and Training Board and is involved with Dingle Peninsula 2030. Brendan is former Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (200-2007). He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from University College Cork and postgraduate qualifications in environmental engineering and management from Dublin University, Trinity College.

Rosaleen Blair CBE, Founder and Chair at Alexander Mann Solutions

Rosaleen Blair, CBE is the Founder and Chair of Alexander Mann Solutions, a pioneer in the global workforce solutions industry. She led Alexander Mann Solutions through huge geographic and revenue growth, a management buyout and four private equity relationships, the most recent being OMERS Private Equity in a deal that value the business she founded at more than a billion dollars. Rosaleen is recognised as an industry leader and entrepreneur, winning numerous awards including Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year and E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. A serial entrepreneur and investor, Rosaleen is passionate about creating opportunities and helping people to make the most of them. She is committed to doing this both within Alexander Mann Solutions and externally through supporting various organisations including the Prince’s Trust, UNICEF, Modern Muse and more. She is the Chair of Everywoman and the London Irish Centre (LIC) as well as being a senior advisor to an investment firm.

Mr. Sean O'Driscoll, Chairman of the ESRI

Sean O’Driscoll is a former Chair and Chief Executive of the Glen Dimplex Group and a former Partner in KPMG. He is a Commerce Graduate of UCC and a chartered accountant. He was honoured with a UCC Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Cork Chamber of Commerce inaugural Outstanding Achievement in Business Award. He is a Member of the Trilateral Commission and of the Ireland 2040 Delivery Board. He is a former Director of Allied Irish Banks, former member of the National Competitiveness Council of Ireland and a former member of several other Government appointed Advisory Groups. Mr O’Driscoll is the recipient of an OBE and a Légion d’Honneur Award.


Dr. Susan Steele, Chair, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

Susan Steele is executive chair and CEO of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) with responsibility for fair and consistent application of sea fisheries conservation and seafood safety legislation. Susan works with the senior management team providing, through a combination of leadership, commitment and clear direction, excellence in the SFPA while ensuring employees of the SFPA, as respected professionals with a diverse range of skills and experience, continue to protect our marine resources. Susan comes from Castletownbere and decided at the age of the three to become a marine biologist. The sea has been her passion since then. She has worked in both academic and private and public sector appointments. Her last appointment involved developing BIM’s Seafood Development Centre as Head of Innovation. Susan holds a BSc from Bangor University, an MBA from the Open University and a PhD from University College Cork.

Dr. Aoife Granville, Director of Ionad Culturtha Arts Centre, Muscrai 

Aoife Granville is a performer, educator and researcher who has held lectureships at University College Cork (Music and Folklore) and Newcastle University (International Centre for Music Studies). She lectures in Traditional and Popular Musics, Folklore and Festival and her doctoral thesis focused on the tradition of the Dingle Wren Festival (UCC, 2012). Aoife is regarded as an influential figure in the contemporary Irish fluting tradition and is currently working on a third solo album. She has just completed an Arts Council-funded research and compositional project on song texts collected in her native West Kerry during the Schools’ Collection (Irish Folklore Commission). A regular contributor to radio and television, Aoife works and publishes in both Irish and English and divides her time between Corca Dhuibhne and Cork. Aoife became Director of Ionad Cultúrtha Arts Centre in Múscraí in 2019.

Mr. Eoin McCuirc, Databank and Dissemination Manager, Central Statistics Office; Chairman of the Board, Cork Simon Community; Director, FoodCloud Hubs

Eoin McCuirc is a manager in the Central Statistics Office in the Databank and Dissemination Division. He has worked with the Central Statistics Office since 1993 and decentralised to CSO, Cork in 1994. His background is in IT, where he trained as a system analyst. Eoin contributes to many local, national and international working groups, and is a volunteer with Cork Simon Community where he currently sits on the Board of Directors. He is a director of FoodCloud, a new project that uses IT technology (an app) to link food surplus with food scarcity. As a director of the Cork Simon Community and FoodCloud Eoin has an interest in the social and environmental issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, social exclusion, food and food waste.

Ms. Anne O'Leary, Executive Chairman, KineMatik

Anne O'Leary was appointed as Executive Chairman of KineMatik in 2010. Prior to joining KineMatik, Anne was the Managing Director of CADCO, an Irish company she founded in 1990 focused on Engineering Design Software. She successfully built CADCO via partnerships with Documentum as well as Autodesk, who achieved a dominant position in the engineering design marketplace due to her company's efforts. CADCO was successfully sold in July 2009 to Computer2000, a subsidiary of the Techdata Group which is the largest IT distributor of hardware and software products worldwide. Anne also serves as Chair of two other B2B software companies and is a member of the Board of RTE, Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster. She is a Registered Accredited Mediator and holds both Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees from University College Cork.




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