Public Affairs Ireland Director
Garrett Fennell is a solicitor and a specialist consultant in regulatory and public affairs. Garrett has advised a large number of public bodies on compliance issues and practices. Garrett is a founding Director of Public Affairs Ireland and established a specialist regulatory and public policy consultancy in 1997. He formerly worked as a public affairs consultant with the ESB.
Public Affairs Ireland Director
Don Bergin is a Director of Public Affairs Ireland and was a former senior civil servant in the Department of Finance.
Policy and Public Sector Reform Consultant
Andy Cullen is a former Assistant Secretary in the Civil Service where his career focused mainly on corporate governance and regulation in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors and strategy and investment in the public transport sector. He has extensive experience in dealing with State bodies and with the EU and international bodies, including serving for a period in Brussels with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Andy runs our course on Public Sector Corporate Governance.
Leadership and Management Consultant
Alison Hand is a consultant, facilitator, and executive coach with over 18 years’ experience working across both public and private sectors. She is an experienced relationship manager with proven programme management and project management skills, with client programmes winning IITD and ISA awards in 2014. Alison holds an honours degree in Social Science from University College Dublin, a Diploma in Executive Coaching, and a CIPD Diploma in HRM. She is currently working towards her CIPD Award in Digital and Blended Learning. Alison is an accredited MBTI ™ and BarOn EQi™ practitioner. She is also an accredited facilitator of the Career Directions Workshop™
Elaine Kelly is a Partner in the ByrneWallace Employment Department and since qualifying, has practiced exclusively in employment law. She has presented a number of papers on employment-related and administrative law topics as well as lecturing both to members of the legal profession and to students of law. She has lectured widely on employment issues including for the Law Society professional education and diploma programmes and at external conferences including Legal-Island. Elaine is co-author of the Law Society Employment Manual and is a member of the firm’s Knowledge Management Committee.
PAI Head of Training
Dr Carol O’Connor is the head of PAI's Education and Training Division and is a graduate of NUI Maynooth. Dr O’Connor is responsible for the development and overall delivery of the PAI Education and Training Programme and for co-ordination with the accrediting bodies underpinning PAI’s courses.
Sile O'Donnell is a HR and Training Consultant and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. She has over 25 years’ experience of designing and implementing best practice HRM, change management and training strategies, initiatives and policies in the public sector. She was Director of HR in the Eastern Regional Health Authority for five years and an Assistant National Director of HR in the HSE for five years. She provides a range of HR services (including individual and team coaching, line management and change management training, HR strategy and policy development, employee relations advice and representation) to many organisations and individuals in the public and private sector.
Dr John O’Dowd is a specialist in organisational change and conflict resolution. John was a Director of the former National Centre for Partnership, based in the Department of the Taoiseach. He was the General Secretary of CPSU between 1988 and 1997 and was also a member of the Executive Council of ICTU during that time.