CDI Board of Directors, 2019

Meet the Board Members

Suzanne Guerin

Suzanne is Associate Professor in Research Design and Analysis with the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. She teaches in the area of applied psychology and research methods and is involved in the delivery of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Suzanne is Deputy Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies and jointly coordinates the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Her research interests include Disability & Health, Teaching & Learning, and Applied Research. Suzanne serves on a number of Boards and Committees in UCD and other organisations. Suzanne became chair of our Board in April 2014.

Mary P. Corcoran (Chair)

Mary P. Corcoran is Professor of Sociology at Maynooth University where she is also a research associate at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), and a member of the University’s Governing Authority. She is a graduate of the University of Dublin, Trinity College and Columbia University, New York.  Her research and teaching interests lie primarily in the fields of urban sociology, public culture and the sociology of migration.

Mary P. Corcoran was a Taoiseach’s nominee to the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) for five years. She has previously served on the Senate of the National University of Ireland and on the Social Science Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. Currently, she is a member of the Local Community Development Committee, South Dublin County Council.

Dr John Paul Byrne

Dr John-Paul Byrne is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Hospital Doctor Retention & Motivation (HDRM) project based in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Maynooth University and has previously held research positions on projects studying working conditions in Ireland and Denmark, and the experience of patient-centred care in Ireland. John-Paul is a recipient of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council (2012). His current research interests are psychosocial work conditions, working lives, and the social structures of work in healthcare. 

Brendan Cremen

Brendan Cremen is an experienced business and technology innovation executive who has worked in the SME and MNC industry sectors in Ireland and the US and also in the Irish public sector. Brendan has been Director of Enterprise & Commercialisation at UCD since 2012. In this role he is responsible for driving the formation and support of new spin-out companies and intellectual property (IP) licensing for the university.

For most of the 1980s and early 1990s, Brendan held senior engineering and business management roles in the USA at Lattice Semiconductor from the start-up phase through to IPO. On returning to Ireland in the mid-1990s, Brendan was a member of the launch team for Xilinx Ireland where, as Director of Engineering, he led the expansion of its mandate as an international R&D hub for the corporation. Brendan was also Director of Technology Transfer at University College Cork where he established this new office.

Elizabeth Dixon

Elizabeth Nixon is Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology in the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. She is the director of the undergraduate degree programme in psychology. She is a graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. Her research and teaching interests lie in the area of parenting and family as a context for children’s development. She is a Co-Investigator of Growing up in Ireland, the first national longitudinal study of children’s development in Ireland, and established and co-directs the Infant and Child Research Lab at Trinity, where she conducts research on parent-child interactions.

Jim Dolan

Jim has a background in HR and is an experienced and qualified Human Resources professional  with a range of experience in the private and semi-state sectors, Jim currently works in RTE Networks as Human Resources Manager.

He has previously worked in other large multi national companies in the Automotive, Food ,Mining and Facilities Management industries.  He has considerable experience and expertise in industrial / employee relations, and is keenly interested in training and employee development.  Jim is an accredited mediator and has just completed studies in the area of Adjudication.  Originally from Glasgow Jim moved to Ireland many years ago .

Helen Johnston 

Helen Johnston is a Senior Social Policy Analyst at the National Economic and Social Council in Ireland, where she has worked on projects on well-being, quality and standards in human services, the social dimensions of the economic crisis and jobless households.  She is also the Chairperson of the Centre for Cross Border Studies.  Helen previously worked at the Combat Poverty Agency.  A native of Northern Ireland, Helen worked in the Northern Ireland civil service in the early years of her career.  She has qualifications in Environmental Science, Town and Country Planning,  Business Administration, and has a doctorate on the determinants of implementation in the Irish policy system.  Helen has a strong interest in tackling disadvantage, especially through prevention and early intervention.

Madeleine Mulrennan

Madeleine Mulrennan works as an independent consultant specialising in education matters and professional regulation. She has previously worked in further education and in teacher education. She was President of St Catherine’s College of Education, Sion Hill from 2000 to 2007. She was a Special Adviser (policy) in two government departments. 

Madeleine is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College and the Dublin Institute of Technology and has degrees in education, community health and law. She is a member of the Governing Authority of Maynooth University and recently chaired the review of Home Economics at Junior Cycle for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. 

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy has recently retired from the Irish Prison Service where he was the Head of Psychological Services for a number of years.  Paul has considerable experience as a clinical psychologist, but also had a significant management and strategic function in his role, and was central to initiating family friendly measures into prisons. His experience will be of particular relevance to CDI as we continue our work in prisons in relation to both parenting and restorative practices.

John Murray 

A qualified accountant and project manager, with a range of experience in the commercial sector, John currently works in IBM, heading up Automation Advisory Services. He has previously worked in other large multi national companies, including banking and tele communications, as well as being self employed for a number of years.

He has considerable experience in, and expertise regarding change management, business and financial analysis as well as cost / performance transformation. John has lived Tallaght for the last 15 years.


The CDI Board:

  • Is responsible for staffing, finance, programmes, learning, evaluation reporting and mainstreaming;
  • Reports on strategy; implementation; spending; attainment of targets and learning;
  • Has leadership of, and responsibility for, strategy implementation, governance and accountability.