Gearoid Ó Conluain

Gearóid Ó Conluain - An Rúnaí

Gearóid Ó Conluain took office as Secretary of the University in January 2011.  He is a member of the University Management Team.  He was formerly Chief Executive of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) and prior to that Deputy Chief Inspector in the Department of Education and Skills.  He has wide experience in educational management and policy development and has represented the Department of Education and Science on various national and international bodies.


 Emer Mc Kenna - University Solicitor 

Emer Mc Kenna was appointed as University Solicitor and Legal Services and Contracts Manager in 2018. Prior to joining NUI Galway, Emer held senior roles within both the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the national regulator for Health and Social Care Professionals. Emer holds degrees as a Bachelor of Corporate Law and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from NUI Galway, and diplomas in Employment Law and In-House Practice from the Law Society of Ireland. Emer has significant and applied experience across a wide range of practice areas including litigation, commercial contracts, regulatory law and employment law. She is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.



Peter Feeney - Solicitor / Data Protection & Information Compliance Officer

Peter Feeney joined the University as University Solicitor and Legal Services and Contracts Manager in July 2014. He previously worked as a Solicitor in another Irish University. He also trained and worked post qualification in a large Dublin law firm. He has attained in his career a track record of active involvement in a varied range of commercial matters and corporate deals. His specialised skills include commercial law, commercial contracts, dispute resolution, privacy law, cyber security law, technology law, intellectual property law, copyright law, data protection and freedom of information. He is also admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. In October 2018, Peter was appointed to a new senior role in the University to implement GDPR as Data Protection and Information Compliance Officer, and he continues to provide additional legal support and advice to the University.


Ann Ryan - External Engagement Programme Manager

Dr Ann Ryan took up the role of NUI Galway External Engagement Officer in February 2019.  A key aspect of the role is to facilitate the integration of St Angela’s College, Sligo into NUI Galway by managing and coordinating the corporate, academic and administrative strands of the integration.  In addition, Ann is responsible for managing the contribution of Oifig an Runaí on matters related to the Irish language in the University, and for driving NUI Galway’s policy engagement at a regional and national level in support of sustainable, balanced regional development.

Prior to her appointment as External Engagement Officer, Ann held the roles of Head of Academic Affairs and Policy and Head of Research Development in NUI Galway.  As Head of Academic Affairs and Policy, Ann was responsible for supporting academic planning and resource management and facilitating the review and development of academic policy and procedures.  As Head of Research Development, Ann lead the National Funding Research Support Function and was responsible for the development and implementation of research-related policies and processes.  Ann is a member of the NUI Galway Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team and Chair of the Coimbra Group Research Support Officer Group (2018-2021). Previously, Ann has worked as a Research Support Officer in NUI Galway, a Research Coordinator in in University College Cork and as a post-doctoral researcher the University of Virginia, USA, and also a lecturer in the University of Limerick.  She is a graduate of NUI Galway.


Denise Rocks - West Regional Skills Forum Manager

Denise Rocks was appointed West Regional Skills Forum Manager in January 2019. The Regional Skills Forum is a Department of Education and Skills initiative to increase communication and engagement between enterprise and education to ensure the skills needs of business are met for  job creation and business growth. The Forum Manager position is hosted by NUI Galway to promote regional development in the West. Denise has had a varied thirteen year career to date, starting out analysing risk in American and French investment banking companies, followed by corporate social responsibility work and a move into the international aid and development field. Her skills include project management, change management, action research, innovation and partnering.

She has lived in Haiti, Niger and the UK and has worked across Africa, the US and the Caribbean. A trained partnership broker, she holds a Masters in Peace and Development studies from the University of Limerick as well as a B.Sc. Hons in Mathematics from NUI Galway and M.B.A. level certificates in marketing and finance from Cornell University. She is fluent in French, Haitian Creole with proficiency in Irish and Russian. 


Robyn  Sayers - Administrative Assistant (Freedom of Information Office and Oifig an Rúnaí)

Robyn Sayers joined the University in September 2015 and provides administrative support for both the Freedom of Information (FOI) Office and Oifig an Rúnaí.  A particular emphasis of her work relates to assisting the FOI Officer in ensuring that the University meets all its obligations under the FOI Act 2014.  She is also responsible for compiling the Schedule of University Meetings, coordinating travel expenses for the University’s external governors,  providing oversight of the organisation of meetings of Údarás na hOllscoile (the University Governing Authority), and is the Health and Safety Coordinator for Oifig an Rúnaí.  She previously worked for Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance and is a graduate of NUI Galway.


Clare McCann - Administrative Assistant (Oifig an Rúnaí)

Clare McCann joined Oifig an Rúnaí in 2016 and provides full administrative support to Rúnaí na hOllscoile. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Post graduate diploma from the University of Maryland in the United States. Prior to arriving in Ireland Clare worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a leading biomedical research agency located outside of Washington, D.C.

 Lisa Ni Fhlatharta

Lisa Ní Fhlatharta

Lisa Ní Fhlatharta, Language Executive with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge at NUI Galway, works periodically with the Secretary's Office to ensure that the University fulfils its statutory obligations in relation to the Irish language as outlined in the University’s language scheme, the University Statutes and relevant legislation.

The Language Scheme is a requirement of the Official Languages Act 2003.‎  It is also the responsibility of the Language Executives, operating under the direction of the University Authority, to facilitate the creation of an exemplary bilingual campus as envisaged in the University’s Strategic Plan.  They have a central role in the formulation and implementation of the Language Schemes, facilitating their implementation and providing advice and support to staff members regarding practical implementation issues. Lisa is also secretary to An Coiste Seasta um Cháilíocht Teanga which advises the University on Irish language proficiency requirements for certain academic and administrative university posts.