Speakers 2016


NAPD Conferences are renowned for the excellent line-up of speakers that present each year.

Minister of Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton TD

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Richard Bruton TD was appointed Minister of Education and Skills on 6 May 2016.  He previously served as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation from March 2011 to May 2016.

Minister Bruton was first elected to Dáil Éireann for Dublin North Central in 1982. He has served a number of terms as a member of Dublin City Council.

Minister Bruton was Minister for Enterprise and Employment from 1994-1997 when 1,000 jobs a week were being created in Ireland.

He previously served as Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce, 1986-87.

Minister Bruton worked as an economist before entering politics in the private sector and with the ESRI. He acted as Policy Director for Fine Gael and authored numerous policy papers on finance, education, employment, and the public service, including Fine Gael’s “Reinventing Government” to reform politics and reinvent the public service.

Richard is married to Susan Meehan and they have four children.

Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, BSc, PhD, DipTheol, AFBPS, RegPsycholAFPSI.

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RCSI Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, BSc, PhD, DipTheol, AFBPS, RegPsycholAFPSI.

Prof Ciaran O’Boyle is the Director of the Institute of Leadership and an RCSI Professor of Psychology. He established the first Department of Psychology in an Irish Medical School in 1985. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the School of Dental Science at Trinity College Dublin, Vice Dean of the RCSI Faculty of Medicine and a member of of the RCSI Senior Management Team. He is the National Educator for the RCSI Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS) Programme. Before joining RCSI, he was a senior research psychologist at the UCD Department of Psychiatryat St James’s Hospital in Dublin. He holds a BSc & a PhD, both from UCD, a Diploma in Theology from the Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy and a Diploma in Organisational Leadership from the University of Oxford. He lectures extensively in Ireland and internationally and he has publihsed over 70 peer-reviewed papers, two books and numerous book chapters. He has been a consultant psychologist to a range of national and international public and private sector organisations in the military, aviation, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Jacinta M. Kitt   M.St.

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-23-01-36Jacinta is a Lecturer\Researcher and an Organisational Advisor. She is a former primary teacher and now lectures part-time in Trinity College on the M.Ed. programme, in Marino Institute of Education on the B.Sc. and B.Ed. programmes and provides guest lectures for other colleges.  She also provides professional development training and presentations for schools, colleges and various other public and private organisations. The focus of much of this work is the characteristics, skills and benefits of creating and maintaining a positive/effective work environment.

Her Masters thesis had workplace bullying in schools as its theme and she is an acknowledged expert on that subject. She conducts awareness sessions on bullying in schools and workplaces. Her focus is on prevention and minimisation of negative and inappropriate workplace behaviours and on the links between organisational culture and climate and the prevalence of those behaviours. Providing strategies for improving how we communicate/ interact with each other in every environment is the theme of much of her work. She regularly works with school principals on the impact of their behaviours, relationships and emotions on school effectiveness.

She frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on workplace environment related topics. She regularly provides expert witness reports to tribunals and court cases relating to employment law. She is currently writing a book on school leadership.

David Marquet

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 11.00.40David was a teenager when he first discovered his passion for leadership. He was spending the summer with his grandparents in Pittsburgh. One day, he wandered down the street to the local library. He discovered a series of books—History of United States Naval Operations in World War II by Samuel Eliot Morison. He returned to the library each day until he had devoured each of the 15 volumes—more than 6,500 pages in total. David’s dream came alive; he wanted more than anything to one day captain a Navy vessel on which people thrived. Embarking on the Journey In 1981, David graduated top of his class from the U.S. Naval Academy—an institute renowned for developing “leaders to serve the nation.” Thereafter, he joined the submarine force.

Captain Marquet retired from the Navy in 2009 and is now the author of Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders. Fortune magazine called the book the “best howto manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution.” Captain Marquet’s Intent-Based Leadership model is turning around all types of organizations— from big manufacturers to start-ups and sport teams to government. He helps leaders build environments where people contribute and feel valued —where everyone is a leader.

Sean Gallagher

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 16.30.04Seán is a primary school Principal on secondment from Attymass NS, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Initially Seán was seconded to PCSP as a curriculum trainer for the new SPHE curriculum in 2001. He was appointed the PCSP coordinator for Physical Education in 2004 and held the position of Deputy Coordinator of PPDS with responsibility for regional structure and ICT. Since the establishment of PDST, Seán has been the Deputy Director with responsibility for ICT.

Paul O’Toole

Paul O'Toole, Director General, FAS

Mr. Paul O’Toole is the Chief Executive Officer of SOLAS.   SOLAS  (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) is the Further Education and Training Authority for Ireland.  It is responsible for funding, strategic planning and co-ordinating further education and training programmes.   Mr. O’Toole previously held the position of Director General, SOLAS.

He served as the first Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland from July 2001.  Prior to this he worked in Bord Fáilte from 1990 to 2001 in tourism development, marketing and corporate affairs.

An Accountant by background, he holds a Master of Business Studies degree from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.