“The lecturers brought such a wealth of experience to the course”.
Aisling Keogh CIPD Student

Our School of Business team are delighted to partner with you in your learning journey. Whether it is a short course to upskill in a particular area, an undergraduate degree or one of our postgraduate programmes our team stands ready to work with you to realise your potential.

Our faculty has a track record of scholarly research and a passion for teaching. On all courses you will find faculty from all areas of business who combine the academic depth and practical knowledge to offer you the best possible experience on your course.

Here are some of the team and you can find out more by clicking through to each faculty member’s full staff profile.

Dean School of Business - Dr Colette Darcy

Colette Darcy is a Senior Lecturer in HRM and Dean of the School of Business at National College of Ireland.  Colette is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick where she obtained her Masters and Doctorate. Prior to returning to academia Colette worked in management consultancy specialising in reward strategies and change management. Colette was awarded the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2007 in Human Resource Management for her research entitled "Understanding fairness judgements in respect of termination of employment; The antecedents of claiming decisions". Research interests include how SME’s may gain competitive advantage through people, work-life balance, organisational justice and claiming behaviour of employees. 

Vice Dean Undergraduate Studies - Dr Danielle McCartan Quinn

Danielle Mc Cartan-Quinn is Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Business at National College of Ireland. She is a graduate of the University of Ulster having completed her undergraduate, Masters and PhD in 1988, 2001 and 2006 respectively. Her research projects have included a longitudinal Health and Social Services study (completed for the Eastern Health and Social Services Board into provision of statutory services for the elderly) and a 3 year study into customer satisfaction levels of personal and business banking customers for one of the major Irish banks. Her current research interests include educational provision for the mature learner. She was an invited speaker at the Westminster Higher Education Forum on the subject of the drop in part-time and mature numbers.

Fabian Armendariz

Fabian Armendariz has a multidisciplinary background which includes medical technology management, information systems and business and organisation studies. Masters by research in Strategic Change (MLitt) from Trinity College Dublin, Masters in International Management from ITAM (Mexico City) and Biomedical Engineer from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City). Fabian has lectured in ITESM Campus Mexico City, Trinity College Dublin, and he is currently Lecturer in Strategic Management in the National College of Ireland in Dublin.

Michael Bane

Michael Bane is a Programme Director and lecturer on our marketing programmes. He combines significant lecturing experience with a number of industry related roles in the marketing arena. His research interests include advertising portrayals female engagement with realistic advertising portrayals.

Dr Gaia Barone


Dr Gaia Barone – Lecturer in Finance / Economics

Jonathan Brittain

Jonathan Brittain is an experienced lecturer on our business and human resource management programmes. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) his research interests include aspects of management, HRM and Organisation Development.

Dave Cormack

Dave Cormack is a lecturer in the school of business and also programme director for the BA (Hons) in Business Management part time degree. Dave completed his MBA at the Open University Business School in 1996 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a long-standing Member of the Marketing Institute in Ireland.

Prior to joining NCI Dave spent over thirty years in the technology industry most recently with the EMC Corporation and prior to that with Telecom Éireann, holding senior positions at both. While working in industry Dave also served as an associate lecturer at NCI and a number of other third level institutions.

Dave’s enthusiasm for learning combined with his ability to use real world examples to illustrate key concepts and his belief in his students ability makes him an engaging lecturer who works with students to enable them to achieve their potential.

Theresa Cunningham

Theresa Cunningham – Lecturer in Accounting 

Desmond Gibney

Desmond Gibney is a lecturer in accounting and a Programme Director on our accounting programmes. Desmond is a qualified accountant and Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has previously lectured in UCD Quinn School of Business and worked for a Big 4 accounting firm. Desmond holds an MBA from UCD Smurfit School of Business and a business degree from Trinity College Dublin. Research interests include business history, capital budgeting, public private partnerships and public sector accounting, and he has presented his research at Irish and international academic conferences. Desmond is a Manchester United fan, as evidenced in his office by the framed jersey signed by Ryan Giggs.

Dr Nicole Gross

Nicole Gross received her PhD in marketing from DIT in 2012 and between 2013 and 2017, she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in UCD (Applied Research Centre for Connected Health).  Nicole has 10 years’ experience from teaching in UCD, DCU, DIT and DBS, and has taught modules such as marketing management, strategic marketing, digital marketing, marketing communications, sponsorship and promotion, entrepreneurship and research methods in Dublin, Singapore and Hong Kong. She is an active member of various research groups including EGOS, the Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group and Business Model Community, and reviews for various academic journals. Her research interests include high-tech marketing especially in healthcare markets, market making and market shaping, practice-research, business models and market innovation. Her research has been published in Organization Studies, Marketing Theory, the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, Ivey Cases (supplies Harvard Business Review) and the Business Case Journal.

Dr Paul Hanly

Paul Hanly is a lecturer in Economics on a number of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He holds a BA in Economics and History and MA in Economics from UCC and was awarded his PhD from University of Limerick. His additional academic experience includes teaching and lecturing roles in a number of third level institutions in Ireland including University College Cork, Limerick Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick where he lectured on macro- and micro-economics, managerial economics, health economics and mathematics and statistics.

Prior to working at National College of Ireland, Dr Hanly worked as Health Economist and researcher in the National Cancer Registry Ireland. He has authored over 25 national and international peer reviewed journal papers and published in Value in Health, the European Journal of Health Economics and the International Journal of Cancer, amongst others. He is currently involved in a number of ongoing interdisciplinary research projects, while also pursuing his research interests in the areas of productivity valuation, quality-of-life/subjective burden, cost of illness studies, non-market activity valuation and social welfare accounting, and employment market asymmetries, in addition to collaborating with a network of national and international researchers.

Dr April Hargreaves

April Hargreaves holds a B.A in psychology (University College Dublin) a Masters in Neuroscience (King’s College London) and a PhD in Neuropsychology (Trinity College Dublin). April's research focuses on the cognitive deficits associated with psychosis, in relation to both genetic underpinnings and cognitive remediation, and has extensively published in these fields. She is currently involved in the running of a randomised controlled trial of CoQ10 in patients with schizophrenia, aimed at investigating the impact of CoQ10 on the negative symptoms of the disorder such as fatigue, avolition and cognitive decline. April also pursues research in the area of social cognition. April joined National College of Ireland as a lecturer in Psychology in 2015, and teaches in Social Psychology, Coaching Psychology, Workplace Psychology and Research Methods.

Dr Caitriona Hughes

Caitriona Hughes holds a PhD from the University of Limerick and also has an MBS in Human Resource Strategies from Dublin City University. Her research areas focus on the changing roles in Human Resources and also include learning and development, talent development, change management, reward and other HR related topics

She has previously worked in HR roles in a number of industries including senior level positions in HR. She moved to academia over 10 years ago and holds the role of Programme Director for the full-time MA in HRM and part-time Postgraduate Diploma in HRM as well as a Lecturer in HRM in the School of Business at the National College of Ireland (NCI). She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Michele Kehoe

Michele Kehoe has a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MA in Social and Organisational Psychology from University College Dublin.

Michele has almost 25 years' lecturing experience. She commenced her lecturing career in the College of Marketing and Design, now part of DIT. She then spent a number of years as a lecturer and course director for a wide range of programmes in Griffith College Dublin.

Michele joined NCI in January 1999. During this time she has been involved in the management, development and presentation of a wide range of programmes within the School of Business and held the position of Dean of Academic Programmes for an academic year.

She has lectured to full and part-time students both on and off-campus and has played a role in the development of many programmes provided by NCI over the years.

Her expertise is in the area of Organisational Behaviour and she has published in the field. In addition, she is involved in the delivery of a module and research in the area of Personality and Individual Differences.

Michele is currently an External Examiner for the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (DLIADT).

Dr Michelle Kelly

Dr Michelle Kelly – Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Louise Maguire

Having worked in large Marketing departments in both Ireland and The Netherlands Louise Maguire joined full-time academia in 2004 and finished her PhD in Marketing in UCD in 2009. Having formerly lectured in UCD during her PhD and subsequently in DCU School of Business Louise joined NCI in November 2015. She has lectured in a wide range of Marketing subjects including Fundamentals of Marketing, Brand Management, International Marketing, Market Research, Services Marketing and Consumer Behaviour. Her current research interests lie mainly in Services Marketing and Consumer Behaviour with particular interest in the human or people aspect and how they respond to Marketing concepts.

Bronwyn McFarlane

Bronwyn McFarlane is a lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. She has several years’ experience as a HRM practitioner in the Telecommunications, Information Technology & Consulting, Financial Services and not for profit sectors. She has recently qualified as a Mediator with Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII) and completed an accredited Diploma in Personal and Executive Coaching (2016). In addition to her primary degree from Trinity College Dublin, she holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management (Kingston University, UK) and a Diploma in Employment Law from Dublin Business School (2015).

Bronwyn has eight years lecturing experience in NCI at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of HRM and organisational behaviour on QQI and CIPD programmes. She is a Chartered Member (MCIPD) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her interests include work place stress, equality & diversity, workplace bullying, mediation & conflict management, coaching at work and emotional intelligence. Bronwyn is the programme director for the BA(Hons) Human Resource Management - Strategy and Practice degree which is accredited by CIPD.

Dr TJ McCabe

Dr. T.J. McCabe is a Lecturer in HRM and Research Methods at National College of Ireland. T.J. leads a number of postgraduate and undergraduate modules, including Research Methods, Strategic Human Resource Management, Employee Relations and HRD. T.J.’s research interests extend to trust and commitment amongst nursing professionals, and human resource management issues in the health sector. T.J. has presented this work at national and international conferences. He is co-chairing the HRM track for the 14th Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management. He has published papers in both academic and practitioner journals.

Dr David Mothersill

David Mothersill joined National College of Ireland as a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Business in 2019. David holds a B.A. (Honours) in Science, M.Sc. in Neuroscience, and PhD in Neuropsychology, from Trinity College Dublin.

David's research focuses on social cognition in psychosis. This includes functional neuroimaging to examine brain activation during social cognitive tests, and development of novel computer software to assess and track social cognition in the clinic. David has received funding from the Irish Research Council, Royal Irish Academy, and Eurolife, for this research. David is also interested in applying knowledge of social cognition to software development, and is currently collaborating with Dr. Anu Sahni, National College of Ireland School of Computer Science, in the area of eye-tracking during online communication. This research is a collaboration with industry and funded by Enterprise Ireland.

Prior to working at National College of Ireland, David lectured in Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, and Dublin Business School.

Karen Murray

Karen Murray was educated at NUI Galway, Queen’s University, Belfast and the King’s Inns, Dublin. She practiced as a Barrister in the Law Library in Dublin for a number of years before her appointment as a lecturer at National College of Ireland. She has published extensively on the areas of technology law including data protection law, and has a particular interest in employment law and the impact of technology.

She has published in numerous leading peer reviewed journals including the Bar Review, the Commercial Law Practitioner and the Irish Law Times and is the co-author of Information Technology Law in Ireland published by Tottel Publishing (now Bloomsbury Professional). She is currently writing a book entitled Privacy and Data Protection Law in the EU which will be published by Bloomsbury Professional. This work focuses on the recently agreed General Data Protection Regulation 2016 and the book is due for publication in early 2017. Karen also edits a webpage on information technology law at www.ictlaw.com and acts as an external examiner: Dublin Business School (2013), Trinity College, Dublin (2015), Institute of Technology, Tallaght (2016) and The Law Society (2016).

Dr Gerard Loughnane

Ger Loughnane is a lecturer in Statistics on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He holds a BA in Computer Science (University College Dublin), a HDip in Psychology (Trinity College Dublin) and a PhD in Neuroscience (Trinity College Dublin). He gained further academic experience as a postdoctoral researcher on human decision making in Monash University Melbourne, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. Most recently, Ger had worked in United Healthcare/Optum as a Senior Data Scientist, applying state of the art machine learning techniques to actuarial data. 

Ger’s current research focuses on human decision making, using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to discover the neural substrates of how we integrate perceptual and value-based information to arrive at decisions. This has led to a number of insights on how the human brain performs these seemingly simple tasks, see Google Scholar profile for more info.

Dr Fearghal O'Brien

Fearghal O’Brien is a health psychologist specializing in risk-taking behaviour among adolescents. He joined the NCI Psychology Department in 2016 and teaches Research Methods and Statistics on the B.A. programme. He received his PhD from Trinity College and was a visiting fellow at the National Institutes of Health outside for Washington, DC. His research has focused on risky driving, substance use, and alcohol use among adolescents, with a particular focus on the role of Socioeconomic Status on the development of these behaviours.

Pauline Kelly Phelan

Pauline Kelly Phelan – Lecturer in HRM

Dr Corina Sheerin

Corina Sheerin is the Programme Director for the MSc in Finance and a lecturer in Finance in the School of Business. Corina is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she obtained her doctorate. She also has an MA in Economics and Finance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) holder.

Prior to returning to academia Corina worked as an Assistant Fund Manager with Pioneer Investments where she was a member of the Global Bonds team with responsibility for the management of balanced funds. Her research interests include gender segregation in elite professions with particular emphasis on Finance. Corina’s research specifically addresses women’s experience in recruitment, progression and retention within investment management.

Dr Miguel Flores

Dr Miguel Flores is an economist, with PhD and higher education teaching qualifications. He joined the NCI School of Business in 2020. He is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and an Associate of The Economic Network. 

His areas of specialisation are industrial organisation, economics education and applied microeconomics. He works primarily in three research areas: i) firm competition and consumer behaviour; ii) economic incentives in consumption choices and diet; and iii) the relation between academic performance, professional training, and graduate outcomes. 

In addition to his academic work experience, he worked for the National Economics Prosecutor's Office in Chile, undertaking economic analysis of competitive harm in different industries (e.g. energy markets, grocery stores) and merger analysis. He also worked as an economic analyst at the Chilean Chamber of Construction and in consultancy projects (e.g. energy, water services).

Dr Lynn Farrell

Dr Lynn Farrell holds a B.A. in Psychology from Maynooth University (MU), and a PhD in Psychology (Research) from University College Dublin (UCD). At MU, she was awarded the W.J. Smyth prize for best performance in B.A. Psychology. She was awarded an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship and SEED funding for her doctoral research at UCD. 

Lynn joined NCI as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2021. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) involved in an EPSRC-funded Inclusion Matters project which aimed to examine how to reduce backlash towards gender equality initiatives among STEM faculty. For her research outreach work during this time, Lynn was awarded the QUB Engineering & Physical Sciences Faculty Postdoc Prize for Outstanding Engagement. 

Lynn’s research to date has focused on the nature and malleability of bias and stereotypes particularly towards women in STEM fields which she examines at both an explicit and implicit level. She is interested in Relational Frame Theory and social psychological phenomena such as implicit attitudes and stereotypes.

Dr Amanda Kracen

Dr. Amanda Kracen (she/her) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at National College of Ireland. Amanda earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University and her doctoral degree in counselling psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at Webster University and on faculty at Washington University School of Medicine. 

She has worked in oncology and palliative care at several academic medical centres. Amanda's research focuses on psycho-oncology and cancer survivorship, health and well-being of healthcare professionals, and LGBTQ+ well-being.