October 1 2018, THEA announces two new appointments
Sean O'Reilly has been appointed Data Analyst and takes up his position today, Monday 1 October. In his new role, Sean will support the THEA executive in promoting strategic, data-driven decision-making, and in building a profile of data from across the Technological Higher Education sector.
Sean has acted as project manager for the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) since 2012. In that role, he has facilitated workshops on interpretation of survey data, coordinated activities of project working groups and managed engagement with institutions, project sponsors and other stakeholders. Sean’s career in education included 6 years as external school adviser and inspector in the UK, using data to inform enhancement planning and activities. On his return to Ireland, Sean worked on communication and implementation of the National Framework of Qualifications and the European Qualifications Framework. He has also spent time as in independent consultant on a variety of projects, primarily related to qualifications frameworks, implementation of data management systems and strategic planning.
Róisín O'Connell has been appointed Head of Communications and takes up her position today, Monday 1 October. As a member of the senior management team, Róisín will lead the THEA communications function, engaging with public, stakeholders, and the technological higher education sector.
Since October 2017, Róisín has been working with THEA on a part-time interim basis in order to establish and shape the communications function for the organisation. Following a successful recruitment process, she will now take up the role on a permanent full-time basis. Róisín has more than twenty years of experience in communications and public relations both as an in-house executive and as an independent consultant. She was previously Associate Director with Setanta Communications, providing communications and public relations services to a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors spanning health, IT, education, financial services and the arts. She is a specialist in public affairs, business and corporate communications, issues management and crisis preparedness.