Luke Kiernan
Luke Kiernan
Director of Technical Services

Luke has over 25 years’ experience within the pharmaceutical industry, having worked with Pfizer, Wyeth, Elan and Gerard Laboratories prior to joining Innopharma in 2012. Luke has held various management roles, in Technical Services, Validation, Process Development, Regulatory Affairs, Analytical Development, QC and QA. He now leads the Technical Services division at Innopharma supporting the (bio)pharmaceutical and Med Tech industries with technical resources under contract basis. Luke also lectures on modules such as QA, GMP, Validation, PAT and Technology Transfer.

Kevin Delaney
VP Strategic Business Development

Kevin has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical, consumer / FMCG and OEM sectors at Warner Lambert, Pfizer and Wyeth, Elan and Alkermes in Europe and North America where he held Plant Management, Director and VP of Operation roles.

Ian Jones
Founder & CEO

Dr Ian Jones is the Founder and CEO of the Innopharma Group. He has worked for the past 25 years supporting high-tech manufacturing (particularly (Bio)pharma and Agri/FoodTech) where he has become a global thought leader on Industry 5.0 and the associated technologies and skills strategies to drive the digital transformation of these key industries. Ian holds a PhD in Process Analytical Technologies from Technological University Dublin and has studied Strategy, Leadership and Innovation at the Harvard Business School, Boston and Accelerated Growth Strategies at Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK. Ian also sits as adjunct Professor within the Department of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering at University of Limerick, Ireland. Ian is driven by the mission to lead a team of educators and scientists who help people and businesses succeed in hi-tech manufacturing.

Sandra Mooney
Head of Quality Assurance & Enhancement

Sandra holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies and a Master’s in Human Resources and has worked in HR and learning and development for over 25 years in Med Tech and Pharmaceutical multi-nationals. After transitioning to the education sector almost seven years ago, Sandra has been responsible for establishing regional locations for the delivery of Innopharma Education programmes, liaising with industry in the West and North- West regions and supporting learners to return to employment. Sandra is currently Head of QA and Enhancement with Innopharma Education with responsibility for academic policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with QA standards of QQI and collaborative partners of Innopharma Education.

Orla Callan
Director of Academic Affairs & Registrar

Orla is the Director of Academic Affairs and is responsible for overseeing major aspects of learner lifecycle, quality assurance and academic administration. With over 30 years’ experience in both public and private further and higher education, Orla has worked within in variety of academic and professional regulatory frameworks. Having worked with Innopharma since 2010, she was initially responsible for the development and management of our collaborative programmes with TUD and Griffith College from Level 6 to Masters Level and lecturing. She has worked extensively in supporting/coaching students in their career development and progression. Prior to joining Innopharma, Orla had lectured in the field of psychology & behavioural science in colleges in Ireland and in the UK for 10 years. She subsequently provided consultancy to schools and colleges in supporting teaching and learning, with particular focus on supporting students with specific learning difficulties.

Finbarr Sheehy
Director of Academic Programmes

Finbarr has over 25 years of experience at senior levels within the Semiconductor and Pharmaceutical industries. He was director of continuous improvement & training with Wyeth, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Prior to Wyeth, he was skills training manager, with Intel Ireland, Co. Kildare. He also held the position of test development engineer with Analog Devices Incorporated, Limerick. In 2008 he established and currently works with businesses across several sectors (including Pharma) in Ireland to drive business improvements. Finbarr’s expertise is in the following areas: strategy development, process improvement, creativity & innovation, lean thinking, six sigma, process measurement, training design & delivery, competency assessment, change management and neuro linguistic programming.

Michael King

Michael is an accomplished Food Safety, Quality Assurance and Lean Consultant with an extensive background across the food sector. He is a provider of technical expertise to semi state sector and private enterprises. He holds a strong and proven track record in developing and maintaining customer and supplier relations whilst driving quality standards, managing cost reduction initiatives, driving continuous improvement processes and product development as well as leading HACCP and food safety trainer, third party auditor and provider of technically upskilled staff to the food industry.His expertise includes Environmental Health, Legal Compliance, BRC Global Standard for Food Safety for Food and Packaging. Michael is skilled in CV and interview preparation, helping students to establish meaningful careers in the Irish food industry and is an associate lecturer with TU Dublin. He designed the Innopharma Education programmes for the Food Industry and is a Lecturer on our Level 6, Level 8 and Level 9 programmes since 2014.

Ann Ryan
Head of Business Development

Ann has over 20 years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical industry across various commercial roles and disciplines including microbiology, immunology and veterinary medicines. Over the past 10 years Ann has specialised in the area of training and education, working closely with pharmaceutical and MedTech organisations in relation to training needs analysis, training design and delivery. This role involves assisting organisations to plan, develop and coordinate customised training programmes specifically tailored to their needs. In addition, as a programme manager and lecturer, Ann works closely with Innopharma Education students managing all aspects of programme management from induction to graduation. This involves assisting students transition into industry roles, and developing learner's key transversal skills in critical thinking, problem-solving ability and team leadership. Ann holds a BSc in Pharmaceutical Technology, a BBs in Management, a MA in Education and Training and is currently completing a PhD, specialising in training effectiveness in regulated environments.

Audrey Meehan

Audrey has over 15 years of experience within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, having previously worked with Elan, Wyeth and Pfizer. Audrey has held various management roles in Technical Services, Validation and Process Development.

Alexandra Furbee

Alexandra Furbee manages Innopharma springboard admissions in the pharmaceutical industry, assists in orientation and registration of students. She is programme manager for all certificate students based in Dublin and oversees the international student recruitment. Alexandra graduated from a Masters Irish Studies from University College Dublin and a BA Honours Degree in Political Science from Flagler College. Having previously worked in undergrad admissions at Liberal Arts College in USA and having worked with Innopharma for over three and a half years, she has several years’ experience.

Peter Jones
Peter Jones
IT Manager

Peter Jones has over 17 years’ experience working in the IT industry with over 13 years’ experience in IT management working in companies such as Esat, British Telecom and Vodafone. He has been with Innopharma for over 6 years managing all of the IT systems, access and networks as well as supporting students through any IT support they need. One piece of advice Peter would give a student looking to kick start or progress their career in the STEM sectors would be to utilise all the IT systems to upskill your knowledge. Network with all the people you come into contact with during your time as a student and upskill on time management it will assist you when trying to reach your goal.

Alexandra Anton

Alexandra is the Learner Support Coordinator at Innopharma Education. The Learner Support Coordinator manages the online study skills resources for learners, coordinates counselling services and supports for students with disabilities, assists with programme monitoring and student feedback mechanisms as well as enhancing and developing student support services. Alexandra holds an MSc in Psychological Science from University of Limerick and a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology. She has also studied with Innopharma Education so is well placed to understand the student lifecycle at Innopharma Education. One piece of advice Alexandra would give to someone entering third level education would be to explore and understand individual learning style and study techniques as well as availing of the College support services as needed.

Ann Mitchell
Programme Manager

Over 6 years with Innopharma in the role of Programme Manager - Managing and growing programmes from 1 course in 2015 in Cork to currently 7 programmes running in Cork. Previously in excess of 20 years' experience in the Financial Services Industry working with Bank of Ireland in roles with Private Banking and Resources. managing deposits for personal and corporate clients and high net worth customers. And with Irish Pensions Trust and Aon managing corporate pension funds for clients.

Michelle McCoy
Head of Examination & Assessment

As Head of Examination & Assessment Michelle has responsibility for the implementation of all examination and assessment policy and procedures. She works with the academic staff to ensure all our learners are assessed fairly, transparently and the method of assessment is credible to fairly assess the learning outcomes. She commenced her career with Innopharma Education in 2015, as a Programme Manager based in the Cork Region, managing the admissions of learners onto programmes and supporting them throughout their studies and career progression. Prior to this she worked in senior roles in Financial Services for 17 years.

Anne Jordan
Programme Manager

Highly adaptable and experienced professional with strong teaching & development, coaching & mentoring skills. Proficient in auditing & mentoring in compliance with various frameworks & Government bodies. Responsible for developing and implementing new training programmes. In addition, the Development of relationships with industry using HR/Business networks and ongoing monitoring of students upon course completion and thereafter to help secure employment and career progression. One tip Anne would give students is that it is important to have a Positive Attitude and to believe you can do it. It is so important to be engaged and to prioritise your time to achieve this qualification as once achieved it remains forever.