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Senior Programme Lecturers 

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Luke Kiernan

Luke has over 20 years of experience within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, having previously worked with Pfizer, Wyeth, Elan and Gerard Laboratories. Luke has held various management roles, in Technical Services, Validation, Process Development, Regulatory Affairs, Analytical Development, Quality Control and Quality Assurance.

Luke holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Glamorgan and an MSc in Instrumental methods of Analysis from Dublin City University.

Ann Ryan

Ann Ryan is an experienced Training Development Professional. A key focus of her role involves working closing with organisations within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Food sectors to plan, develop and coordinate customised training programs specific to an organisation’s needs. She assists organisations in all aspects of training development, including training needs analysis, instructional design and training implementation. In addition, as a program manager and lecturer on the Team Lead and Professional Development modules, Ann works closely with Innopharma Education students managing all aspects of program management from induction to graduation. This involves assisting students transition in to industry with a view developing areas including soft skills awareness, critical thinking and problem-solving ability.

One piece of advice Ann would give a student looking to kick start or progress their career in the STEM Sector is to recognise the importance of passion and enthusiasm. Many employers will hire for the attitude and will train for skills. If you have the right attitude, it will always take you further than qualifications alone.

Paula Kearney

Paula has over 24 year’s experience within the pharmaceutical industry having previously worked in MSD Swords, Ipsen Beaufour and Gerard Laboratories. Throughout her career, Paula has gained extensive experience in both drug substance and drug product manufacturing. Paula held senior laboratory roles in both the microbiology and analytical services fields prior to progressing her career into Learning and Development. Paula now designs and delivers bespoke training programmes for industry. 

Paula also lectures for TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus, Griffith College Dublin and Innopharma Education delivering modules in GMP, Aseptic Practices and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Technology. Paula holds a BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Business Operations from Griffith College Dublin.

Paul Rooney

Paul is a Medical Device Consultant and Lecturer at TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus. He has over 20 years experience in the Medical Device and Electronics Industries, developing Quality Management Systems and working on the development, re-design and delivery of training courses. His specialities include CAPA, Root Cause Analysis and Lean. He is a registered Lead Auditor and a Project Manager for major global IT solutions. He is also a chartered engineer for the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.

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.

Her experience includes: Validation Master Planning, the validation of large capital expansion projects, Technology transfers, the revision of systems in response to new regulations and employing Lean tools. Audrey holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University College Cork.

Peader Mac Gabhann

Peadar graduated from UCD with an M.Sc. in Industrial Microbiology. He carried out postgraduate research at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) Amsterdam, Biogen at ETH Zurich and the Faculty of Medicine at Kyoto University Japan. He joined Schering Plough Corporation (Merck Sharpe & Dohme) and was a key member of staff in the start-up of the first world-wide Biopharma facility in Cork for the production of Interferon in 1983.

Peadar has more than 30 years’ experience at the forefront of the international pharmaceutical industry. In the past 10 years, he co-founded and directed two Life Science start-ups and participated in several international EU Framework projects.

Philip Byrne 

Philip graduated from a BSc specialising in Environmental Pollution control followed by a Masters in Occupational Safety and Health. He has many years’ experience as a Manager/Trainer QEHS specialist and Auditor (Regulatory, GMP, ISO9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001) in the Life Science Industry. Philip worked at Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals for 9 years supporting the drug substance manufacturing facility from practically a greenfield site to full production, playing a key role in training and GMP compliance.

Philip is a certified Human Factors Specialist and is involved in Human Factors EU funded research (with Trinity College Dublin and other EU partners) which aims to help the Life Science industry in their efforts to continuously improve Quality, Safety and Process Reliability. Philip regularly delivers training on Human Factors and Error Prevention to Pharma, Biopharma and Medical Device companies.

Philip currently lectures part-time for TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus, Griffith College and Innopharma Education on Regulatory Affairs and GMP, Technology Transfer and GMP Auditing. Philip is also an Auditor and Consultant at Rephine where he conducts third party GMP audits worldwide.  

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.

Admissions Team

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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.

Mary Jensen 

Mary graduated from Innopharma with a MSc in Food Business Management & Technology. She has several years’ experience in senior roles within the food industry including production manager for a leading Irish health food company and a practical bakery teacher in DIT and the Baking Academy of Ireland. Mary is the course coordinator of Innopharma’s Food programmes. She assists and supports our students from the point of registration through to graduation.

One piece of advice Mary would give a student looking to kick start or progress their career in the STEM sectors is to join Innopharma and take the first step of a very exciting journey. If you don’t dream it you can’t achieve it. Everything is possible with hard work and perseverance. 

Peter Jones

Peter Jones has over 14 years’ experience working in the IT industry with over 10 years’ experience in IT management working in companies such as Esat, British Telecom and Vodafone. He has been with Innopharma for over 3 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.

Senior Management 

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Ian Jones

Dr. Ian Jones is the Founder and CEO of the Innopharma Group. He has worked for the past 20 years within the (bio) pharmaceutical and food manufacturing sectors where he has become a global leader in particle science, process robustness and advanced process control. 

He has a PhD in Process Analytical Technologies from Technological University Dublin and has studied Strategy, Leadership and Innovation within the pharmaceutical industry at the Harvard Business School, Boston and Accelerated Growth Strategies at Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK.

Orla Callan 

Orla is the Director of Academic Affairs & Registrar of the College and has key responsibility for the maintenance of academic standards, governance and quality assurance.

With 30 years background in education and training, Orla has previously worked as an education consultant, liaising with schools and colleges in Ireland and the UK in the development and implementation of training programmes for educationalists and students. She has also lectured in the field of psychology & behavioural science in colleges in Ireland and in the UK.

She hold a BA Hons in Psychology from UCD and a post graduate teaching diploma.

Kevin Delaney

Kevin has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical, consumer / FMCG and OEM sectors at Warner Lambert, Pfizer and Wyeth, in Europe and North America where he held plant management, director and VP of operation roles.

Kevin, a chartered engineer (IEI), holds a BAI in Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and an MSc in Management from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Finbarr Sheehy

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 holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Education from the University of Sheffield. His 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.


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