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Meet the Leading Project Management Educators

IPM takes pride in collaborating with a selection of the world's most accomplished and dynamic educators in the realm of project management.
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Faculty of Excellence

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In today’s ever more competitive and financially challenging environment, possessing in-depth knowledge and professional expertise is of utmost importance. The faculty at the Institute of Project Management is establishing the standard for project management education and certification in Ireland.
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Led by Ed Naughton, an IPMA Fellow and a highly esteemed figure in the realm of project management, the faculty brings together the high academic standards of both the university and the technology sector's institute, coupled with hands-on practical insight. The faculty encompasses a spectrum of disciplines, such as finance, business administration, computer science, engineering, industrial relations, human resources, law, management information systems, and marketing.
This diverse range of expertise creates a holistic and enriching educational experience for students, providing them with both depth and breadth of knowledge.
Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our team comprises seasoned professionals with significant experience in leading global organisations. They possess both the knowledge and passion required to inspire and drive initiatives in project management.
Ed Naughton

Ed Naughton

Founder & Chairman
Ed Naughton
Founder & Chairman

Ed Naughton

BE, CEng, FIEI, IPMA-A®, PMP®, IPMA Fellow

Ed Naughton is the Founder & Chairman of the Institute of Project Management, a former Vice President of the IPMA (International Project Management Association) and an internationally respected expert in the discipline. Since 1989 he has been pioneering the development and promotion in Ireland of project management as a unique discipline. He has extensive experience in project management - as a practitioner, leader, writer, coach and instructor and is responsible for the design and development of all programmes.

Maria Ashraf

Maria Ashraf

Training Manager
Maria Ashraf
Training Manager

Maria Ashraf

MA, BA, IPMA-D®

Maria is a highly accomplished professional with a Master's in Industrial Engineering & Management and IPMA Level D certification. With experience as a quality control engineer, project manager, and operation manager, Maria brings a diverse skill set and proven expertise to IPM. Currently serving as Training Manager at the Institute of Project Management, she plays a vital role in shaping the careers of aspiring project managers.

Fabiano Lima

Fabiano Lima

Course Director
Fabiano Lima
Course Director

Fabiano Lima

Ph.D. Candidate, PMP, PMI-RMP, MCTS, CSM, PSM I, PSPO I, ITIL-F, PRINCE2Agile Practitioner, PRINCE2 Practitioner, ISFS-F, GRITC, CLOUD-F

Fabiano Lima is currently the IT Initiative Manager at UBS. He has a vast amount of experience in delivering complex programs and projects (Regulatory Reporting, Travel Industry, IT infrastructure, Olympic Games, Pan American Games, SAP Implementation globally, Enterprise Resource Planning development and deployment, Oil and Gas, Insurance and Banking services, Retail, and Consulting services) in high profile environments.

Fabiano has experience in Program and Project Management, PMO Implementation, Business Transformation, IT Management, SAP Implementation, Software Development, Agile Project Management, IT infrastructure, IT Governance, IT Transformation, IT for Major Events like Pan American Games and Olympics Games, IT Advisory and IT Strategy.

Also, he was given the opportunity to work on national and multinational companies such as Sabre, Atos, Vale, Petrobras, KPMG, Sul America Insurance, Dentsply, Sonda Procwork, and Alterdata, as well as on well-known projects like Rio2016, Sochi2014, and Rio2007.

Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart

Course Director
Gordon Stewart
Course Director

Gordon Stewart

MBA, PgD, CITP, MBCS

Gordon is an independent Consultant in Technology & Change. A dynamic, commercially astute business and technology leader, with over twenty years of global experience leading multi-million dollar technology transformation projects, designed to drive operational efficiencies and revenue growth.

Strong track record working with boards and executive teams in companies across a wide variety of business sectors on the implementation of robust enterprise digital technology solutions, digital transformation, and business process improvement.

Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell

Course Director
Andrew Bell
Course Director

Andrew Bell

PhD, MSc, BA, RPP, FAPM, SFHEA

Andrew started his Project Management career with 15 years in the automotive industry at Land Rover where he quickly experienced the people side of delivering projects. He then spent 4 years as a Project Management Lecturer delivering short training courses on Project Management topics. Andrew then moved on to spend 13 years at Coventry University teaching Project Management and Research Skills, building his knowledge of Project Management and people issues with a PhD on the use of Project Management Simulations.

He has volunteered for the APM for nearly 20 years, and has held committee positions on the Coventry Chapter, Midlands Branch, and National Branch Steering group and as chair of the People SIG committee. He is currently a ChPP Chartered Project Professional, a Fellow of the APM and also holds RPP status.

Rob Kidd

Rob Kidd

Course Director
Rob Kidd
Course Director

Rob Kidd

MBA, PGCLT, CMgr, FCMI FAPM, FHEA

Rob is a freelance project management consultant and educator based in London, UK. He has over 15 years’ experience managing projects, and helping organisations to manage projects better. In recent years, he has focused on strategic change projects in the food and hospitality industry. Rob also serves as a charity chair, non-executive director and board advisor. Rob is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, the Association for Project Management and the Higher Education Institute. He is a certified PRINCE2 and Agile Practitioner. He holds an MBA [Technology Management] from the Open University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching from BPP

Jackie Glynn

Jackie Glynn

Course Director
Jackie Glynn
Course Director

Jackie Glynn

MSc, BSc, PMP®

Jackie is currently President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI. A certified PMP® since 2003, she has a BSc. Computer Science (Trinity College Dublin), a Diploma in Advanced Project Management (IPMI /UCC), a Masters Degree in Project Management (University of Limerick) and a Diploma in Strategy Development and Innovation (UCD Smurfit). She is also currently Director of Group Strategic Initiatives at UDG Healthcare and a member of the Judging committee PMO Global Awards (PMO Global Alliance 2019, 2020, 2021). Jackie has 25+ years experience in Portfolio, Programme & Project Management, and in setting up and running PMO’s of all types in multiple industries: Pharma, Health Insurance and Clinical Healthcare, Financial Services, General Insurance FMCG and Telecoms.

David Shiel

David Shiel

Course Director
David Shiel
Course Director

David Shiel

BTech: Industrial Design, MBA, IPMA-B®

David Shiel is a Senior Programme Manager in a Boston Scientific Strategic PMO – Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Region. He leads teams of PM’s working on Transformation Programs to achieve the region’s Strategic goals. With a proven track record of meeting Project scope, schedules, and budgets, he has a thorough understanding of commercial, product development, quality & regulatory requirements. David also has experience of development start-up innovation tactics.

Dana Stroiescu

Dana Stroiescu

Certification Manager
Dana Stroiescu
Certification Manager

Dana Stroiescu

MSc, IPMA-D®

Dana holds a Master’s in Computers and Industrial Automation Engineering and is IPMA Level D certified. Currently, she works as an office manager, and she is also the IPMA Ireland Certification Manager. In the past, she worked as an IT system engineer and graphic designer.

John Atkinson

John Atkinson

Certification Advisor
John Atkinson
Certification Advisor

John Atkinson

MBA, IPMA-B®

John holds academic qualifications at Masters level in Business and Agricultural science. He holds IPMA Level B®. As a lecturer, consultant, business owner and employer he brings project management to life every day. He also works as an International Validator for IPMA and as an assessor in Ireland for the Irish Institute of Project Management. He believes that being involved with IPMA in developing ICR and ICB 4 and their subsequent publication in 2015 will change the future of project managers, their discipline, professionalism and outcomes. He is also a member of CVMB in IPMA.

John Vickery

John Vickery

Certification Advisor
John Vickery
Certification Advisor

John Vickery

John was formerly Registrar at the Institute of Technology Tallaght now part of the Technological University Dublin. He had responsibility for quality assurance, academic affairs and student support services. Prior to becoming Registrar he was Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has extensive experience in quality systems, project management and has managed several environmental EU-funded projects. John has worked on projects in China, South East Asia and the Middle East. He has industrial experience in the areas of design, manufacturing, quality and management. He is an assessor of the Project Excellence Award.

Martina Ryan

Martina Ryan

Senior Lecturer
Martina Ryan
Senior Lecturer

Martina Ryan

Phd, IPMA-B®, PMP®

With over 15 years industrial experience in the areas of Project Management, Continuous Improvement (Lean/6-Sigma) and R&D, she has extensive experience in project management as a practitioner, leader, instructor and mentor. Martina has led a range of multi-site projects across Europe and America in the pharmaceutical industry including product transfers, relocation of facilities and continuous improvement culture change. Her experience has led her to work with a variety of public and private organisations, including environmental, construction and instrumentation. She specialises in facilitating and managing implementation of practical project management and improvement solutions.

Seamus Woods

Seamus Woods

Senior Lecturer
Seamus Woods
Senior Lecturer

Seamus Woods

IPMA-A®, PMP®

Seamus has over 25 years’ experience in project, programme and portfolio management in the public sector as Head of Portfolio Management (HSE), Head of Change Management (Tusla Agency, Designate), Projects Director (Tusla Agency), Chair of National PMO Group (HSE), National Portfolio manager (Community services, HSE). Prior to that, he was Senior Operations Manager and member of the former Mid-West Health Board Management Team. Seamus is a certified Project Director at IPMA Level A®, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and is a senior lecturer with the Institute of Project Management.

Norma Lynch

Norma Lynch

Senior Lecturer
Norma Lynch
Senior Lecturer

Norma Lynch

BSc, MBS, PMP®

Norma Lynch has a Higher Diploma in Education and a degree in IT. She is a PMI Project Management Professional® as well as a PMI Authorised Training Partner®.
Norma has provided project management delivery and consulting services for global clients, such as Abbott, Stryker, IQVIA, Failte Ireland, PWC, Three Ireland, Medtronic, BAM, Skillnets and ETbs. She
has also lectured at MTU for the Diploma in Project Management.
Norma was a speaker at PMI® Global Conferences that were hosted in cities like Dublin, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas and she is a former Director of Volunteering and Director of Marketing
with PMI Ireland Chapter.

Gerard Quinn

Gerard Quinn

Senior Lecturer
Gerard Quinn
Senior Lecturer

Gerard Quinn

MSc, BSc, PMP®, PRINCE 2, ITIL, LSSMB

Gerard has over 30 years of demonstrated results in highly driven Project Management Office (PMO) environments, business process transformation, mergers & acquisitions, continuous improvement, and Project Portfolio Management and Information Systems. With 22 years of experience in a leadership role, he is now Vice President of Innovation & Informatics at ICON. Previous to this he was Head of Global Manufacturing Network Strategy, Business Development and Special Projects at Zoetis.

Féilim Harvey

Féilim Harvey

Senior Lecturer
Féilim Harvey
Senior Lecturer

Féilim Harvey

MSc, IPMA-B®

Féiim Harvey is a Partner in PwC and leads its Programme and Portfolio Management (PPM) Consulting Practice in Ireland. He has extensive experience providing business advisory and consulting services across industries with a particular focus on the Financial Services sector in Ireland and internationally. 

Féilim specialises in change and programme management, business transformation and working with clients to problem solve efficiency and effectiveness challenges within their business. He is also an Alumni of the Institute of Project Management and 2007 Project Management Graduate of the Year Award winner.

John Thompson

John Thompson

Senior Lecturer
John Thompson
Senior Lecturer

John Thompson

BSc, MAPM, PMP, PgMP

John is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of operational and executive-level experience in organisation change and development.

He has unique private and public sector experience in portfolio, programme, project and change management, with a proven track record in making change happen and realising strategic benefits.

Currently, he works as the Head of PMO at the Central Bank of Ireland and was previously Chief of Staff & Director of PMO at Eircom (now Eir).

John has a particular interest in the development of Enterprise PMOs as agents of Organisation change and improvement.

Risto Gladden

Risto Gladden

Senior Lecturer
Risto Gladden
Senior Lecturer

Risto Gladden

AFHEA, PMP, PgMP, MBCS CITP, CCMP

Risto is a change management consultant, trainer and lecturer. Over his career he has acquired progressive experience shaping and delivering programs of change for organisations in the UK, US, Europe, Russia, South Africa, and Latin America. His practical experience is underpinned by formal education in project and change management and certifications from globally-recognised professional bodies including the Project Management Institute, Scrum Alliance and British Computer Society.

As a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Standards Working Group, Risto participated in the development of first global standard for change management an served as chair of the ACMP Credential Governance Committee.  He is also a Chartered Membership Assessor for the British Computer Society (BCS) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Kathleen Keogh

Kathleen Keogh

Senior Lecturer
Kathleen Keogh
Senior Lecturer

Kathleen Keogh

BA, MB, PMP®, Dip in Exec & Leadership Coaching

Kathleen is a Senior Lecturer with the Institute. She has over 25 years in Operations Management in Tech MNA’s like APC, Microsoft and Digicel.  She has led global projects for Acquisition Integrations, Digital Strategies, Product Launches, Supply Chain Reengineering, System/IT Implementations, Customer Tenders & frameworks for organisational alignment across Sales and Operations. 

Padhraic Ludden

Padhraic Ludden

Senior Lecturer
Padhraic Ludden
Senior Lecturer

Padhraic Ludden

MSc, PMP®

Padhraic is a Consultant Program Manager with 34 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector and IT sector, over 30 of those with EDS and Hewlett-Packard and Storm Technology.
He has worked predominately as a Project/Programme manager providing IT application services to manufacturing companies such as GM and SKF.
Padhraic graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway, (NUIG) in 1984 with a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering, holds a Masters in Project Mgmt (UL) and is currently conducting doctoral research with the Enterprise Research Centre, University of Limerick.

Joanna Koprowicz

Joanna Koprowicz

Senior Lecturer
Joanna Koprowicz
Senior Lecturer

Joanna Koprowicz

Joanna Koprowicz earned a Master's degree in Project Management from University College Dublin. Joanna worked in a typical waterfall environment after graduating from college, but she was later introduced to the Agile mindset and culture, which she quickly fell in love with and decided to pursue as a career. Joanna has been an Agile Coach, Trainer, and Consultant at Change Angels since 2018. 

Norma Murphy

Norma Murphy

Senior Lecturer
Norma Murphy
Senior Lecturer

Norma Murphy

MBS, BA PMP® ​

With over 14 years’ Project Management experience in the IT financial services sector, Norma has worked for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Bank of Ireland, IBM and Perot Systems, delivering change projects and services through leading virtual global outsource teams. She has also established Project Management Offices, account governance structures, and developed release management processes. Placed first in class with a First Class Honours degree in her Masters In International Business from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, Norma has been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute since 2003.

Julio Macias

Julio Macias

Senior Lecturer
Julio Macias
Senior Lecturer

Julio Macias

MBA, MSc, RIAI, RIBA, PMP

Julio has twenty four years of experience in the following fields: portfolio, programme, project, construction management, design (concept and detailed), and client side consultancy. He was successful in managing a large portfolio with over two hundred projects completed.​

Julio expanded his experience in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, by working as a project manager in the field of construction management. From there, he had the opportunity of implementing large PMOs structures and setting up multiple programme and project management systems in large scale projects with TYPSA. Experience was also gained in Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects including the creation of business cases and initiation of projects.​

Darren D’Arcy

Darren D’Arcy

Senior Lecturer
Darren D’Arcy
Senior Lecturer

Darren D’Arcy

PhD, IPMA-D®, PRINCE2®

Darren is the Portfolio & Programme Management (PPM) lead within the Advisory - Consulting division of PricewaterhouseCoopers, with 20 years professional experience providing a range of advisory services to clients.​

Through the application of leading-practice PPM, risk management and process improvement tools, Darren has helped a wide range of public and private sector clients derive maximum benefit from major strategic initiatives. Equally, he has highlighted areas of project and operational inefficiency and risk exposure and have provided clients with detailed recommendations to deliver best in class project management and enterprise wide risk and control frameworks.​

Gerard Conolin

Gerard Conolin

Senior Lecturer
Gerard Conolin
Senior Lecturer

Gerard Conolin

PMP, MBA, Six Sigma Black Belt Credentials

For 20+ years, Gerard has developed, built, and led technically complex, multiple-site, multiple-workstream programmes with €10m+ budgets. A specialist in the Pharmaceutical sector, Gerard has served each of the world's five largest pharmaceutical companies on key global projects - F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, AbbVie, and Pfizer.

While the critical mass of his career has been invested in operational excellence projects, recently, Gerard has been drawn into drug development, technology transfer, and regulatory compliance mandates.

David Layden

David Layden

Senior Lecturer
David Layden
Senior Lecturer

David Layden

B. Eng, PMP, MBA, IPMA-D”

David is a Consultant Project/Program Manager with over 30 years of experience in IT, Government, Education, Manufacturing and Energy sectors, including working with Siemens in Germany, 3Com and Hewlett-Packard in Ireland and the Irish Central Statistics Office. David graduated from University College Dublin in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering; he has a Master’s in Business Administration (Smurfit Business School, UCD) and has held the PMI’s Project Management Professional certification since 2002. David is also a PMI Authorized Training Partner instructor.

Joey Lee

Joey Lee

Course Coordinator
Joey Lee
Course Coordinator

Joey Lee

B.Comm, IPMA-D®

Joey holds a Bachelor's in Corporate Communication and is IPMA Level D Certified. She worked as a Social Media Manager after graduating from the university, mainly involved in content planning and designing. Currently, Joey works as an Operation Analyst, where she actively worked on course operations and improvements in the Institute of Project Management.

Ita Ebude

Ita Ebude

Course Coordinator
Ita Ebude
Course Coordinator

Ita Ebude

MSc, IPMA-D®

Ita has a master's degree in Computing for Business. She currently works at the Institute of Project Management as a Content Developer. She has worked as a teacher and administrative assistant for over seven years. Ita has a broad range of abilities and solid experience in course development and content writing.

Patricia Dizon

Patricia Dizon

Course Coordinator
Patricia Dizon
Course Coordinator

Patricia Dizon

BSMA, IPMA-D®

Patricia is an accomplished Instructional Designer with a BS in Management Accounting and an IPMA Level D certification. Currently, she is a Course Coordinator at the Institute of Project Management, where she passionately shapes the future of project managers through engaging training materials.

Brian Cleere

Brian Cleere

Senior Lecturer
Brian Cleere
Senior Lecturer

Brian Cleere

B.Eng., PMP, MSP, PRINCE2

Brian is the Director of the Cleere Project Office and a former managing partner of an engineering firm. Brian has extensive experience in project managementand has delivered projects in sectors such as construction, engineering and financial services.

Brian is also a certified trainer, coach, and project office practitioner and from 2014 specialised in project management methodologies such as PRINCE2, PMP, and Programme Management Certifications.

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