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.
Áine Ní Chonghaile heads up administrative support for the office. A particular emphasis of her work relates to organising and coordinating meetings of Údarás na hOllscoile (the University Governing Authority). Áine joined the University in 2000, from Institúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann.
Evelyn Davoren runs the Committees’ Office which organises the meetings of the University’s various statutory committees. She also provides direct support to John Glynn, the University Solicitor. Evelyn has extensive experience in providing administrative support to the University's statutory committees.
John Glynn is the University Solicitor and Legal Services and Contracts Manager. He advises on corporate legal matters affecting the University and is the University’s nominated Data Protection Officer. John also works with the Research Support Team on legal issues under the direction of the Vice-President for Research. He joined the university in 2012 having worked for over 10 years as in-house counsel at board level for specialist insurance providers.
Dáithí Ó Madáin and Lisa Ní Fhlatharta both of whom are Language Executives with Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilgeat NUI Galway, work periodically with the Secretary and 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.
Des McSharry is attached to the School of Law and the College of Business, Public Policy and Law. In addition, in his role as Freedom of Information Officer he works with the Secretary to run the Freedom of Information Office which ensures that the university complies with legislative requirements in this area.