Adjunct Lecturer, NUI Galway
Further Education and Training Consultant.
Bryan Fields has worked in the education and training sector for over 35 years. Bryan held a number of senior positions in SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority including Director of Strategy where he was the architect of the first ever Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019 and the first SOLAS Corporate Plan 2014-2016. He was also Director of the SOLAS Skills and Labour Market Research providing research, data and analysis for the National Skills Council, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, SOLAS and the ETB sector and the wider public sector. As Director of programme evaluation he was responsible for overseeing a series of evaluations of key FET programme lines including the National Post Leaving Certificate (PLC), the National Youthreach programme incorporating community training centres and the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme. Before that, Bryan held a number of senior positions in FÁS including Director of training policy and Director of apprenticeship curriculum and assessment development and new programme development. A labour market sociologist by profession and author, he holds a PhD in Sociology and MSc in Training from the University of Leicester.
Director of Qualifications, QQI
(Biography to follow)
Director of Quality Assurance, QQI
Bryan Maguire is Director of Quality Assurance at Quality and Qualifications Ireland. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University College, Dublin and a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco.
Bryan was Director of Academic Affairs of the Higher Education and Training Awards Council up to its amalgamation into QQI in November 2012.
He was Head of School of Creative Technologies at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, where he had earlier been the founding Head of Department of Learning Sciences.
Bryan previously served as lecturer in psychology at Bangor University (Wales), and as development officer for the National Framework of Qualifications with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.
He has written and consulted extensively on quality and qualifications frameworks in Ireland and internationally. He is a member of the Hong Kong Council for Academic and Vocational Awards and of the Dental Council of Ireland.
Professor of Psychology and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI
Hannah McGee is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). As RCSI's chief academic officer, she is responsible for degree-awarding activities at the university in Dublin - and in RCSI's overseas campuses in Bahrain, Dubai and Malaysia. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (PhD) and the National University of Ireland (Doctor of Science (DSc) on published work).
Previous leadership roles include President of the Psychological Society of Ireland, President of the European Health Psychology Society, Chair of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation and Chair of the Council of Deans of Medical Schools in Ireland.
Her research and evaluation projects have informed national health and social policy in areas of quality of life assessment, cardiac rehabilitation, ageing and sexual health. She chaired the Irish Department of Health's Committee to develop the previous cardiovascular health strategy - 'Changing Cardiovascular Health (2010-2019)'. Current board memberships include the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) and National Children's Research Centre.
Niamh O’Reilly is CEO of AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation in Ireland with 18 years’ experience in the lifelong learning field. Niamh is an educationalist with expertise in educational equality, learner voice, community education, policy analysis, organisational development and governance. She was Chair of the Irish COVID 19 tertiary education response working group on Mitigating Educational Disadvantage. She was appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills to two Irish State Boards: Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority. Her work at a European level includes acting as the designated national coordinator of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Ireland and she served as an elected Board Member of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) for 3 terms. Niamh has a PhD in adult and community education from Maynooth University.
CEO, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership
Aileen Ponton is the Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership since July 2007. The Partnership is the body responsible for maintaining the National Framework for Scotland – the SCQF. In addition, it has responsibility as the National Co-ordination Point for the European Qualifications Framework and for ECVET. She also chairs the UK Co-ordinating Group for European VET Initiatives. Aileen is currently a Board member of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) and was a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications from 2009 to 2015.Aileen was Head of Policy Development, Scotland with the Sector Skills Development Agency 2004 to 2007 working with a UK wide organisation coordinating the work of 25 employer led Sector Skills Councils. Before joining SSDA in 2004, Aileen had worked with the Scottish Qualifications Authority and its predecessor SCOTVEC since 1989 in a range of roles for both the awarding and accreditation functions of SQA.Aileen’s areas of interest include development of qualifications to suit changing needs, the education – labour market interface, the role of qualification frameworks in supporting educational change/reform, the promotion of parity of esteem and role of lifelong learning.
Policies & Standards Committee