Anton Savage - Conference Facilitatoranton savage

Anton is currently the Managing Director of The Communications Clinic. Previously General Manager Carr Communications. Head of Public Relations Carr Communications.  Anton has advised clients ranging from Cabinet Ministers, the CEO’s and Chairmen of some of Ireland’s largest PLC’s through to members of the Catholic Heirarchy and CEO’s of global charities. 

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Páiric Clerkin - IPPairicClerkinPN CEO

Páiric was educated in St. Vincent's CBS Primary and Secondary Schools, Glasnevin and obtained his teaching degree from St. Patrick's College. His first teaching post was in St. Francis Xavier SNS, Dublin 15. In 2001, Páiric was appointed as the founding Principal of St. Patrick’s National School, Diswellstown in Dublin 15. He served initially as a teaching principal, and in 2003 became an administrative principal, following rapid expansion of the school. His sixteen years of experience as principal, close collaboration with his principal colleagues in Dublin 15 and his engagement with IPPN over a number of years heightened his appreciation and understanding of the complex challenges faced by school leaders in their diverse educational settings.

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Sheila Nunan – Secretary General of the INTOSheilaNunan

Sheila Nunan is General Secretary of the INTO, Ireland’s largest teaching union, which represents 42,000 primary teachers, North and South. She has been a member of the Executive of the INTO since 1995 and was INTO President in 2005/2006.

A former primary school teacher and principal, Sheila is a graduate of University College Dublin and St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

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Richard Bruton TD - Minister for Education and SkillsRichardBruton

Richard Bruton TD was appointed Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in March 2011.  He is an experienced Deputy representing Dublin North Central and is a Research Economist by profession.

He was first elected to the Dáil in 1982. He was Minister for Enterprise and Employment 1994-97 and chaired the European Industrial Council during Ireland’s presidency in 1996. He was Minister of State at the Department of Industry and Commerce 1986-87.

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David Ruddy – IPPN PresidentDR 2014b

David was elected Deputy President/President Elect by the IPPN National Council in June 2015. David is principal of Talbot Senior National School in Clondalkin, Dublin, a co-ed school. He has been the author of the Legal Diary since Leadership+ was first launched in 2000.

David qualified as a barrister and has lectured extensively over the last 20 years. He is legal advisor to IPPN and has facilitated a number of one-day seminars on the subject of Your School & the Law as well as short seminars on avoiding litigation, family law, education law and SEN at numerous IPPN conferences.

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Anne Looney – Executive Dean, DubliAnneLooneyn City University

Anne has recently taken up the post of Executive Dean of Dublin City University’s new Institute of Education. From 2001 until 2016 she was the CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the agency responsible for curriculum and assessment for early years, primary and post-primary education in Ireland. She held the position of Interim CEO at the Higher Education Authority until March of this year.

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Joe Brolly - GAA All-Star, Barrister & GAA Media AnalystJoeBrolly

Joe Brolly is an Irish barrister, Gaelic football analyst and former player from Dungiven, County Derry, Northern Ireland. He played for Derry in the 1990s and early 2000s and was part of the their first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winning side in 1993 and also won two Ulster Senior Football Championships and four National League titles. He also won two All Star Awards during his career.

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Brian Schreuder - Superintendent General / Head of Education, BrianSchreuderWestern Cape Education Department (WCED) South Africa

His qualifications: B.Sc with majors in Physics and Chemistry, SOD (Cum Laude)(teachers' diploma), B.Ed and M.Ed in Science Education. He is an author of Physical Science, General Science and Technology textbooks over a period of more than 35 years and contributed chapters and articles to various books and journals. He was also Physical Science Examiner and Moderator. He has served and still serves on various Boards, including SAFCERT, UMALUSI and the Interactive Science Foundation which governs the Cape Town Science Centre.

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Provincial Minister Debbie SchäferDebbieSchafer

Minister Debbie Schäfer is the Provincial Minister for Education in the Western Cape Government.

She is a qualified attorney and conveyancer, and served as Shadow Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development in the National Assembly for the Democratic Alliance from 2010 – 2014, and Shadow Deputy Minister of Police from 2009-2010. During the same period she served as a National Assembly representative on the Magistrates Commission.

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