Members of the Board of Management
Who are the eight members of GPETNS BoM?
Ciara Savage is the appointed ET chairperson of since 2016. Ciara works as a medical Social Worker in Beaumont Hospital. She was a member of the group that campaigned to establish GPETNS and was appointed as to the patron nominee. She has a particular interest in ET ethos. She brings her expertise in Child Protection and Crisis Intervention to the BoM.
Niamh Cullen is Secretary to the BoM since she became Principal in August 2021. Niamh is a qualified primary teacher and post-primary teacher. She has been teaching since 1995 and spent the last 17 years working in ET. She was the founding Principal of Harcourt Terrace ETNS, before joining GPETNS. She lives in Beaumont and is very involved in Whitehall Colmcille GAA and Cabe Academy Irish Dance.
Rory Mc Daid is patron nominee since 2016 and is treasurer. He is the Director of Research and lecturer in Sociology of Education in Marino Institute of Education (MIE). He is a member of the Governing Body of MIE and coordinator of the Migrant Teacher Project in the Institute. As a former head of the Department of Policy and Practice, he has worked closely with the school placement components of Initial Teacher Education programmes. His teaching and research focuses on social justice in education.
Yvonne Comaskey is the teacher nominee on the BoM since October 2021. Yvonne’s role is to be a voice of a teacher/staff member on the BoM. She has always worked in ET and has a particular interest in ET ethos and its promotion. She is a mainstream teacher for 1st class and has worked in GPETNS since the school opened in October 2016.
Conor Walsh is a parent representative since December 2019. Conor's day job is in risk and compliance in financial services. He previously volunteered as PTA treasurer at GPETNS and brings years of commercial and operational experience to BoM discussions.
Aoife Davey is a parent representative since December 2019. Aoife has worked with the HSE in the area of social inclusion for 20 years, from setting up community-based addiction services to supporting migrant health responses. She is passionate about person-centred care and brings experience in systems and governance in the community and voluntary sector.
Adam McAuley is a community representative since December 2019. He teaches family law, administrative law and international law in DCU. He was previously a member of Beaumont Hospital’s Research Ethics Committee and DCU’s Disciplinary Committee. He contributes legal, ethical and governance expertise to the BoM.
Tomás Hickey is a community representative since December 2020. Tomás is the former principal (retired) of Skerries ETNS. He has a special interest in ET ethos, Special education provision - particularly for children with ASD and leadership for staff, teaching and supporting in schools. He lives in Phibsborough.