Brigadier General (Retd) Ger Aherne

Biographical Details / Sonraí Beathaisnéise

I have lived in Roscommon since 1989. Married to Marian, with three children.

I served in the Defence Forces all my adult life, holding key strategic appointments at home and overseas.

In Ireland, I was GOC, 4th Western Brigade, served abroad with the UN, EU, NATO and OSCE at geostrategic, geopolitical, and civilian/military interfaces in the Middle East, Balkans and Africa.

I worked and co-operated with Irish diplomats and NGOs such as CONCERN, GOAL and TRÓCAIRE in disparate parts of the world.

Currently, I am Chairman of an Irish commercial company and own a consultancy linking Irish businesses with customers in Europe, Gulf States, Asia and Africa.

I was Spokesperson/Joint Treasurer for the Save Roscommon campaign opposing the proposed transfer of part of Roscommon to Westmeath. Family members have operated small businesses in South Roscommon, employing 35 plus people.

During my time at NUIG, I played Sigerson football, Fitzgibbon hurling and Collingwood soccer. I have a huge commitment to and involvement in sport, particularly Gaelic Games.

I have continuously given back to the GAA in administration and committee membership at national, provincial, county and club levels. I am a member of St. Brigid’s GAA Club in Roscommon.

Statement / Ráiteas

English:

I have been connected to NUIG since my undergraduate and Masters time studying there. I was a founding and long serving member of NUIG's Alumni Board.

Since 2016 I have been an energetic Graduate Panel member of the Governing Authority. I sit on the Authority’s Standing and Strategic (STR), and Finance and Resources (FRC) Sub-Committees and the Oversight Group for Honorary Doctorates (OGHD). On all of these bodies, I have had near 100% attendance at meetings.

With colleagues in STR, I oversaw the implementation of NUIG’s 2014-2019 strategic plan and contributed to the 2020-2025 Shared Vision Shaped By Values strategic plan. In FRC, I tirelessly engaged with a rigorous system of oversight of NUIG’s budget and financial governance.

Also, at Authority level, I have continuously championed the need for NUIG to advance the promotion and financial support of all college sports and physical pursuits at all levels. I have a proven record in advocacy, acting as a champion of greater political and public commitment to the Defence Forces at multiple levels in my key role in the Respect & Loyalty Veterans movement.

I am a member of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), the premier think tank on Ireland’s positioning and policies at UN, EU, and international levels.

For 4 years, I was EMEA business development lead for a Canadian corporation. My consultancy advises governments and international/ nongovernmental organisations, on business and security governance - providing guidance on protection of civilians, particularly women, in conflict areas, and in failed and recovering states.

I am a former Board member of the Irish NGO TRAIDLINKS harnessing business leader’s mentoring of new and existing businesses in East Africa.

If elected, I will again be a committed hardworking representative of NUIG’s alumni at Governing Authority. I ask for your support and your vote.

Gaeilge:

Tá baint agam le OÉG ó rinne mé fochéim agus Máistreacht ann. Bhí mé ar dhuine de bhunaitheoirí Bhord Alumni OÉG agus chaith mé blianta ar an mBord sin.

Ó 2016 i leith tá mé i mo bhall thar a bheith gníomhach de Phainéal Iarchéime Údarás na hOllscoile. Táim ar Fhochoistí Seasta agus Straitéiseacha (STR) Údarás na hOllscoile, agus ar Fhochoistí Airgeadais agus Acmhainní (FRC) agus ar an nGrúpa Maoirseachta do Dhochtúireachtaí Oinigh (OGHD). Astu seo ar fad, bhí tinreamh beagnach 100% agam ag cruinnithe.

In éineacht le mo chuid comhghleacaithe in STR, rinne mé maoirseacht ar chur i bhfeidhm phlean straitéiseach OÉG 2014-2019 agus chuir mé le plean straitéiseach 2020-2025 Fís i gCoiteann, Múnlaithe ag Luachanna. In FRC, chuaigh mé i mbun oibre gan staonadh le córas dian maoirseachta ar rialachas airgeadais agus buiséad OÉG.

Chomh maith leis sin, ag leibhéal an Údaráis, throid mé go leanúnach ar son an ghá go gcuirfeadh OÉG bolscaireacht agus tacaíocht airgeadais do gach spóirt coláiste agus caitheamh aimsire fisiciúil ag gach leibhéal chun cinn. Tá sé léirithe arís agus arís eile agam go bhfuil taithí agam ar abhcóideacht, ag gníomhú ar son tiomantas polaitiúil agus poiblí níos fearr do na Fórsaí Cosanta ag leibhéil éagsúla i mo phríomhról i ngluaiseacht Measa & Dílseachta Iarshaighdiúirí.

Táim i mo chomhalta den Institiúid Gnóthaí Idirnáisiúnta agus Eorpacha (IIEA), an phríomh-mheitheal mhachnaimh ar sheasamh agus ar pholasaithe na hÉireann ag leibhéal na Náisiún Aontaithe, an AE agus idirnáisiúnta.

Ar feadh ceithre bliana, bhí mé mar cheannaire forbartha gnó EMEA do chorparáid Cheanadach. Tugann mo chomhairleacht comhairle do rialtais agus d’eagraíochtaí idirnáisiúnta/neamhrialtasacha, maidir le rialachas gnó agus slándála – ag soláthar treorach maidir le sibhialtaigh a chosaint, go háirithe mná, i gceantair choimhlinte, agus i stáit a bhfuil teipthe orthu agus stáit atá ag téarnamh.

Is iarchomhalta Boird mé den eagraíocht neamhrialtasach Éireannach TRAIDLINKS a bhíonn ag baint leas as meantóireacht ceannairí gnó ar ghnólachtaí nua agus reatha in Oirthear na hAfraice.

Má thoghtar mé, beidh mé arís mar ionadaí dícheallach, díograiseach d’alumni OÉG ar Údarás na hOllscoile. Iarraim do thacaíocht agus do vóta.

Outline of Relevant Competencies / Cur síos an Iarrthóra ar Inniúlachtaí Ábhartha

Elected members of the Authority require essential competencies. Chief among these are Corporate Governance, Strategic Planning, Compliance and Risk Management, Financial Oversight, Sectoral Experience and Teaching and Learning expertise.

As Chairman of a private company I have knowledge and practical experience of private sector corporate governance and its associated compliance requirements in addition to my Third Level sector experience on NUIG’s Governing Authority, STR and FRC Sub-Committees.

I was involved at multiple levels in the development and publication of NUIG’s 2020/25 Shared Vision Shaped By Values strategic plan. Strategic planning capability was an essential requirement for my roles as a senior leader in the Defence Forces and a fundamental part of my military education.

Former appointments as Commandant of the Military College and Director of Defence Forces Training were strategic appointments in leadership, management, academic, vocational and operational training, teaching, learning, education planning, delivery, and accreditation.

I am fully committed to advancing NUIG’s gender equality and diversity policies and practices. My long-term work abroad involves constantly engaging with the international community and promoting NUIG to potential students and identifying potential new research opportunities.

Operational risk management is mitigated at NUIG by competent and trained management at all levels. A key function of that process is the Strategic Risk Register oversight by Internal Audit, both overseen by FRC. My membership of FRC ensures my input in these three oversight processes and functions.

My continuing private commercial involvement and current membership of both Governing Authority and FRC confirms my financial oversight credentials.

I am engaged with existing and changing dynamics of Ireland’s Third Level sector. The Universities Act 1997 is very familiar to me and I have a proven record in delivery of ambitious political and institutional targets that can be applied to future change in sectoral governance at Third Level.

Ms Edel Browne

Biographical Details / Sonraí Beathaisnéise

Edel Browne is an Analyst within the Life Sciences practice at Accenture Ireland, where she was named as the Accenture nominee to the GradIreland Employee of the Year Awards for 2020. Her role involves working on digital transformation projects for global pharmaceutical clients, allowing them to improve access to safe medicines. Edel also has experience in the entrepreneurship, having spent six years developing her own med-tech venture, the assets of which were subsequently donated in full to the Galway Parkinson’s Association in a social enterprise model. Edel is passionate about improving society through science and technology and has mentored with Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, is an alum of the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership, and the US Embassy Emerging Leaders Council. Through her work, Edel has been recognised as the USI Student Entrepreneur of the Year, received the Special Recognition Award at the Irish Early Career Awards, and was the youngest honouree across Europe in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Science and Healthcare in 2019. Edel is currently studying Law at The Honourable Society of King’s Inns and holds a BSc(Hons) in Biotechnology, and an MSc in TechInnovation, focused on Health Innovation, both from NUI Galway.

Statement / Ráiteas

English:

My name is Edel Browne, and I'm seeking election to the graduate representation of Údarás na hOllscoile, the governing authority of NUI Galway for it’s upcoming term. There is huge potential for the NUI Galway community to shape the region over the next Údarás term, and I would consider it a privilege to play a part in this. As a Galway native and recent graduate, I have a personal connection to, and interest in the development of the institution, its strategic direction and future.

I graduated from NUI Galway in 2019 with an MSc in TechInnovation from the College of Engineering and Informatics, as an EY Scholar, and was awarded a BSc(Hons) in Biotechnology in 2018, also from NUI Galway. I currently work in Technology at Accenture Ireland, where my role to date has been primarily focused on global technology implementations and digital transformation within the Life Sciences sector.

Throughout my time at NUI Galway, I represented the University on a local, national and international level, through my role as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Launchpad, and later as a Venture Coach and Ambassador for the programme. I was selected to pitch at the Global Forbes 30 under 30 conference in 2017 as a representative of NUI Galway, and as a participant on the Washington Ireland Program in 2018. I was named as the youngest honouree on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Science & Healthcare across Europe.

If elected I would endeavour to support the University in implementing its strategic vision towards 2025, and working towards achieving its global ambition. I have been a passionate advocate for the role of Women in STEM and Business for many years and would place a strong focus on championing inclusion and diversity across NUI Galway through the role.

Gaeilge:

A chara, Edel de Bhrún is ainm dom, agus táimse mar iarrthóir ionadaí iarchéime sa toghchán seo romhainn don Údarás na hOllscoile, an foras rialaithe don Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh. Creidimse go bhfuil acmhainnmhillteanach ag an bpobal OÉ Gaillimh dul i bhfeidhm ar an réigiún thar na téarma atá le teacht, agus bheinn fíor bhuíochpáirt ghníomhach a ghlacadh I dtodhchaí na hOllscoile. Is i nGaillimh a rugadh agus a tógadh mé, agus toisc gur bhfuairiscéim le gairid, tá nasc pearsanta agam leis an Institiúid, agus forbairt na hInstituide, a treo straitéiseach agus a todhchaí.

Bhain mé céim amach ó OÉ Gaillimh i 2019, le MSc Nuálaíocht Theicneolaíoch ón gColáiste na hInnealtóireachta agus na hIonformaitice, agus mar scoláire EY, tugadh BSc Hons i mBiteicneolaíocht dom i 2018. Oibrím faoi láthair le Accenture Ireland, sa roinn Eolaíochtaí Beatha, ag diriú ar fheidhmithe theicneolaíocha agus ar chlaoch laithedhitigeacha.

Ar feadh mo thréimhse in OÉ Gaillimh, bhíos mar ionadaíáitiúil, náisiúnta, agus idirnáisiúnta don Ollscoil, le linn mothréimshe ag an Launchpad mar Fiontraí Cónaithe, agus mar Venture Coach ‘is Ambasadóir don gclár. Roghnaíodh mar ionadaí OÉ Gaillimh mé ag an gcomhdháil Forbes 30 faoi 30 i 2017, agus mar rannpháirtí sa chlár measúil Washington Ireland Program i 2018. An iomaitheoir is óige ab ea mé ar an liosta Forbes 30 faoi 30, a bhí dírithe ar Eolaíocht agus Chúram Sláinte.

Dá dtoghfaí mé, déanfainn mo dhícheall tacaíocht a thabhairtdon Ollscoil chun a fís straitéiseach a chur i bhfeidhm i dtreo 2025, agus chun a mian dhomhanda a bhaint amach. Is urlabhraí paiseanta mé, ag troid ar son Ról na mBan san Eolaíocht agus sa Gnó agus é a chur chun cinn agus cuirfinnbéim láidir ar chuimsiú agus ar éagsúlacht ar fud na hOllscoiletríd an ról seo.

Outline of Relevant Competencies / Cur síos an Iarrthóra ar Inniúlachtaí Ábhartha

I have worked across a number of industries in various capacities. My areas of knowledge and experience are in Life Sciences, Technology, Entrepreneurship, and increasingly, Law and Policy. My current role is based in Accenture, in a consulting and advisory capacity which involves global projects in technology delivery, digitisation and strategic planning.

I have been involved in leadership roles through a number of initiatives, including the US Embassy Emerging Leaders Council and in founding a med-tech venture, Free Feet Medical. During the six years in which I was involved in this, I built out a team, raised finance and established a brand. I then led the transition of this project to the Galway Parkinson’s Association, where I now act in a consultative role. This was excellent experience of management as I had the opportunity to work on all aspects of the business. Throughout this time, I also worked within the Launchpad at NUI Galway, as Entrepreneur in Residence, and later Venture Coach.

I have also gained experience in communications and have acted as a guest lecturer on a number of third level courses, including delivering content at NUI Galway. I have a keen interest in regional development and the role of Women in STEM, including chairing a discussion at the UN HQ in New York on the topic.

With regards educational competencies, I have experience in Management through completion of the Ignite Programme at the University of Cambridge, and Executive Education at Imperial College London. I was awarded a Diploma in Scientific French, and am currently a student on the Diploma in Legal Studies course at King’s Inns. I am also a graduate of the BSc(Hons) programme in Biotechnology and was awarded an MSc in TechInnovation, as an EY Scholar with First Class Honours, from NUI Galway.

Mr Conor Fottrell

Biographical Details / Sonraí Beathaisnéise

- BA 1994 & LLB 1997 - NUI Galway.

- Qualified Solicitor 2001 & Accredited Mediator.

- Post Graduate Diploma's in Corporate, White Collar & Regulatory Crime, Mediator Training & Healthcare Law.

- Twenty years experience in six different law firms in both Dublin and Galway including Chief State Solicitors Office & Ronan Daly Jermyn solicitors.

- Currently Partner in Mason Hayes & Curran solicitors in Dublin since 2013 - one of the largest and most diverse law firms in the Country.

- Current practice in Public & Administrative law including Child & Family law, Mental Health & Disability Law.

- married to Terry Fox with 4 children living in Dublin.

- Community involvement includes underage coaching in local GAA & Soccer clubs.

Statement / Ráiteas

English:

I am seeking re-election to the Governing Authority of the National University of Ireland Galway on the Graduate Panel. I was first elected to the Authority in January 2013 and have served on the Finance & Resource Committee & Audit Committee.

Good governance is the ultimate guarantee of accountability in any large organization, whether in the public or private sector, and universities are no exception in this regard because of the role they play in the advancement of the public good.

It is important that the new Authority includes people with appropriate qualifications and experience operating with a suitable degree of independence from the University Executive. The Graduate panel, because of the diverse talents that its constituents represent, is critically important towards achieving this end.

In my time on the Authority I have worked assiduously and at arms-length from University Management to provide vigorous effective accountability & oversight on behalf of the global graduate community of NUI Galway.

This is a challenging and uncertain time for students and staff of the University and for the wider world of which we are a part. The conditions under which we agreed our current Strategic Plan for the period 2020-2025, a values-led plan, have changed radically since it was adopted by the Governing Authority of which I was a member. However the values which we adopted - Respect, Openness, Sustainability & Excellence - are values for all times. It is the job of the Governing Authority to ensure that these values are honoured with energy and authenticity in the undoubtedly difficult years ahead.

I would be very grateful for your support and vote in this election. I am seeking your No. 1 vote or next highest preference.

Gaeilge:

Tá mé ag lorg a bheith athtofa chuig an Údarás Rialaithe ar Phainéal Iarchéime Ollscoille Náisiúnta na hÉireann, Gaillimh. Toghadh mé, den chéad uair, ar an Údarás i mí Éanáir 2013 agus bhí mé ar an Coistí Airgeadais & Acmhainní & Iniúchta.

Is é an dea-rialachas a chinntíonn go bhfuil dea chleachtas i ngach eagraíocht mhór san earnáil phoiblí, OÉ Gaillimh, san áireamh

Tá sé tábhachtach go gcuimseodh an tÚdarás nua daoine le cáilíochtaí agus taithí chuí agus a chuireann ar a gcumas feidhmiú le leibhéal óiriúnach neamhspeáchais ó Fheidhmeannas na hOllscoille. Is cinnte go bhfuil painéal na gCéimithe, a bhfuil éagsúlacht leathan talainn i measc na mbaill, thar a bheith tábhachtach chun a aidhm seo a bhaint amach.

Is é Le linn mo chuid ama ar an Údarás d'oibrigh mé go diongbháilte agus ar neamhtuilleamaí ó Bhainistíocht na hOllscoille chun cuntasacht agust maoirseacht éifeachtach bríomhar a sholáthar thar ceann phobal na gcéimithe domhanda agus leas OÉ Gaillimh a chur chun cinn agam.

Is tréimhse dhúshlánach éiginnte í seo do mhic léinn agus d'fhoireann na hOllscoille agus don domhan iomlán. Tá arthú as cuimhse tagtha ar na coinníollacha faoinar chomhaontaíomar ár bPlean Straitéiseach reatha don tréimhse 2020-2025, plean faoi threoir luachanna, ó ghlac at tÚdarás Rialaithe é a raibh mé mar bhall de. Is luachanna tábhachtach i gcónaí iad na luachanna sea a chur muid chun cinn - Meas, Oscailteacht, Inbhuanaitheacht agus Sármhaitheas. Is é obair an Údarás Rialaithe a chuinntiú go ndéantar na luachanna seo a bhuanú le fuinneamh agus le barántúlacht sna blianta deacra atá amach romhainn.

Ba mhór an onóir dom a bheith tofa ar an Údarás agust bhéinn an-bhuíoch as do thacaíocht agus do vóta arís eile sa toghchán seo.

Outline of Relevant Competencies / Cur síos an Iarrthóra ar Inniúlachtaí Ábhartha

- Public & Administrative Law solicitor with 20 years expertise across a broad range of areas of legal practice including public & private law firms.

- Relevant governance, accountability and financial oversight experience through board and committee memberships including the Governing Authority of NUI Galway and The Rehab Group in Dublin.

- Knowledge and familiarity of working with large state agencies through my legal practice where I am instructed to advise on complex legal and procedural issues.

- Regular involvement in the planning and delivery of legal advice to state agencies in the drafting of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and regulatory frameworks.

- Awareness and appreciation of the need for independent and objective oversight with an understanding of the practical implications of public accountability.

- Experienced and prepared to challenge when necessary while also working in a collaborative manner with other colleagues and University management to support the delivery of the Strategic plan and objectives.

- Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner.

- Committed to and a keen interest in NUI Galway working to promote the best interests of the University.

Ms Nuala Ní Chonghaile

Biographical Details / Sonraí Beathaisnéise

I am a media and public affairs professional, with 20 years’ experience from a range of different organisations in the private and public sector, with a particular focus on the Irish language. These organisations include RTÉ, Raidió na Gaeltachta, TG4, Lionbridge Technologies, Eo Teilifís and Mykidstime.ie.

Currently, I am a full time permanent journalist in RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and in this capacity I report on and investigate public policy issues as they relate to the Irish Language community, both regionally and nationally.

I am also the local representative of the NUJ in my workplace and am currently on the National Executive Board of the NUJ as an Irish Language Journalist representative.

I have been a board member of many local community organisations in the Gaeltacht areas over a number of years, these include Comharchumann Shailearna, Coiste Pobail na Tulaí, Coiste Pleanáil Teanga Chois Fharraige and school Parents’ Associations.

For these organisations, I acted in a project management capacity on many local projects focusing on community development and improving infrastructure for the benefit of social and economic conditions in the area.

Statement / Ráiteas

English:

I am a passionate advocate for the rights of those who are marginalised in our society, whether on the basis of gender, race, language or culture. I will be a strong voice on the Board of the Governing Authority of NUI Galway, representing the interests of marginalised groups, especially the Gaeltacht

areas where there is a wide gap in overall levels of educational attainment between those residing in the Gaeltacht and the State average.

The Government’s 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language, 2010-30, recognises that there is a need for immediate action to take steps to ensure the continued survival and viability of the language. Part of the policy indicates that support be urgently given to its place in the Gaeltacht, particularly in light of research which indicates that the language’s viability as a household and community language in the Gaeltacht is under grave threat.

As someone who both lives and works in the Gaeltacht, where Irish is my everyday language, I am uniquely placed to foster the creation of strategic partnerships in an inclusive way, between NUI Galway and the Irish Language Community, both locally and nationally.

NUIG is the university located closest to the largest Gaeltacht area remaining, has historical ties and personal connections to the Gaeltacht, and maintains a direct educational presence there through the auspices of Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. These advantages position NUIG perfectly to play a key role in our collective efforts to save the language. I believe that my experience, knowledge, skills, and passion for this area will be crucial to the Governing Authority in helping to achieve its vision for the Irish Language and in contributing to the achievement of equality and diversity throughout our society

Gaeilge:

Is urlabhraí paiseanta mé ar son cearta iad siúd atá imeallaithe inár sochaí, bíodh sin mar gheall ar inscne, cine, teanga nó cultúr. Beidh glór láidir agam ar Bhord Údarás na hOllscoile, ag déanamh ionadaíocht ar leas grúpaí imeallaithe, go háirithe na ceantair Ghaeltachta ina bhfuil bearna leathan i leibhéil ghnóthachtála san oideachas idir iad siúd a bhfuil cónaí orthu sa Ghaeltacht agus meán an Stáit.

Léiríonn Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge, 2010-30, de chuid an Rialtais go bhfuil gá le gníomhú láithreach chun céimeanna a ghlacadh chun inmharthanacht na teanga a chinntiú le go mairfidh sí. Tugann cuid den pholasaí le fios go dtabharfaí tacaíocht ar bhonn práinneach dá háit sa Ghaeltacht, go háirithe i bhfianaise taighde a léiríonn go bhfuil inmharthanacht na teanga mar theanga theaghlaigh agus phobail sa Ghaeltacht faoi bhagairt mhór.

Mar dhuine atá ina cónaí agus ag obair sa Ghaeltacht, áit a bhfuil an Ghaeilge in úsáid agam go laethúil, tá deis iontach agam comhpháirtíochtaí straitéiseacha a chothú ar bhealach uilechuimsitheach, idir OÉ Gaillimh agus Pobal na Gaeilge, go háitiúil agus go náisiúnta.

Is é OÉG an ollscoil is gaire don cheantar Gaeltachta is mó atá ann, tá ceangail stairiúla agus phearsanta aige leis an nGaeltacht, agus tá láithreacht dhíreach oideachais aige ann faoi scáth Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. Tugann na buntáistí seo ról lárnach do OÉG inár gcomhiarrachtaí chun an teanga a shábháil. Creidim go mbeidh mo thaithí, eolas, scileanna agus paisean don cheantar seo ríthábhachtach d’Údarás na hOllscoile chun cuidiú lena fhís don Ghaeilge a bhaint amach agus chun cur le comhionannas agus éagsúlacht a bhaint amach ar fud ár sochaí.

Outline of Relevant Competencies / Cur síos an Iarrthóra ar Inniúlachtaí Ábhartha

Over the course of my professional career, I have developed expertise in several areas that are particularly relevant within the competency matrix and are ideally aligned to NUIG’s Strategy 2020-25, Shared Vision, Shaped by Values. All of the core thematic strategies resonate with me and are commensurate with my competencies, in particular Equality and Diversity in the Irish Language Community.

In my work in the Irish Language media over the last twenty years, I have developed expert knowledge of the key issues related to equality in Gaeltacht areas, especially for those who both live and work in this community. My professional network in the Irish Language sector is highly extensive and covers local and national organisations, in media, politics, arts, culture at regional and national levels.

My core profession is communication, where I currently work as an Irish speaking radio broadcaster on the local news desk. I am highly skilled in public media content, public affairs and media in general.

As a member of the NUJ’s National Executive Council and NUJ representative at a local level, I am an experienced advocate for my colleagues and have negotiated a broad range of organisational policies with senior management.

I have served on voluntary local development organisation committees for many years, gaining a deep insight into the challenges facing Gaeltacht areas and have been successful in guiding a number of regional projects to completion.

My demonstrated competencies have had a common focus, the continuing effort to achieve equality and diversity in Gaeltacht areas, which have statistically been at a disadvantage socio-economically. This connects directly to the Respectful NUI Galway strategic priority, which aims to improve the understanding of those communities who are disadvantaged and discriminated against.

Given my professional profile, I am uniquely positioned to enable NUI Galway engage with these diverse communities.