Alumni Council | Alumni

"The DCU Alumni Community now numbers almost 100,000 graduates. We are a diverse community who are linked by the common bond of our experiences in DCU. Strengthening and extending this connection with Alumni is a priority for the University with the intent of DCU being a resource to Alumni and the Alumni community being a resource to DCU, as it delivers on its objective to transform lives and society. The Alumni Council exists as a bridge to assist in strengthening this connection and it is my great honor to serve as the its current Chair"

James Corcoran, Chair of the Alumni Council

Alumni Council

The DCU Alumni Office exists to support and develop our ever-growing community. The DCU Alumni Council is comprised of graduate volunteers nominated to represent the association.


James Corcoran, Alumni Council Chair

Marian Corcoran

James graduated from DCU with a BBS in 1990. He qualified as a Certified Chartered
Accountant (FCCA) while on the ESB Business Graduate Development Programme which he
joined upon leaving DCU.

James has worked as a freelance financial consultant with the World Bank and EU Commission in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for over 20 years and specializes in public sector financial management, planning, regulation and reform.

James is a past National President of JCI (Junior Chamber Ireland) and a long servicing
member of the DCU Alumni Council. He served two terms as graduate representative on the
DCU Governing Authority.

Education: Bachelor of Business studies and Finance,1990


Ciara Cronin

Ciara Cronin

Ciara Cronin is a Director of Public Relations and Communications at Olson Kundig, an award-winning architecture and design firm with offices in Seattle and New York City. At Olson Kundig, Ciara leads the global communications strategy for the firm’s projects, people and practice. The firm’s recent public work includes the Bob Dylan Center, The LeBron James Innovation Center at Nike World Headquarters, and ANOHA–The Children’s World at the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Ciara also plays a key role in leadership initiatives, strategic planning, as well as professional and business development. Prior to Olson Kundig, she held leadership roles in marketing at established global brands in London and New York City.

Ciara has been an active mentor with DCU’s Structured Mentorship Programme for a number of years and was awarded Mentor of the Year in 2021. She is also a member of Madame Architect’s National Council and Chief, a women’s executive leadership network. 

Education: BA International Business and Languages (French and German, Specialism in International Marketing), 2000 


Gaye White

Marian Corcoran

A Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist, Gaye White is particularly interested in the development of individuals in leadership roles, teams and  organisations. She has over thirty years business experience, gained through a variety of roles in business, Learning & Development and HR, predominantly in the financial services and education sectors. She has designed and delivered  leadership development programmes and facilitates learning at senior levels in organizations. 

Gaye runs her own consultancy practice where she specializes in leadership and organization development. She has successfully facilitated the delivery of transformation programmes at a strategic level. She is qualified in the use of a wide range of Psychometric instruments including 360 assessments. 

Gaye is President of the Learning & Development Institute (formerly the Irish Institute of Training and  Development). She serves on the Alumni Council in DCU and has an active role in designing and facilitating  DCU’s Emerging Leaders Programme, designed for graduates transitioning into leadership roles. She also  serves on the Council of Trustees of the DCU Education Trust in a voluntary capacity where she has worked  on various special working groups and is currently a member of the Trust’s strategy working group. 

She has served on QQI evaluation panels and also on a Psychological Society of Ireland re-accreditation panel. She is frequently asked to judge various awards for learning and development and research awards at Masters and PhD levels.

Education: BA Humanities, Psychology and MA in creative writing, 2019


Lauren Pompey 
Marian Corcoran

Lauren Pompey earned a Masters in International Relations from DCU. There she led campaigns in partnership with the University of Sanctuary to uplift asylum seekers and refugees, from Albania, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Iran through educational opportunities. She then served as a mentor through DCU’s Graduate to Student Mentorship Programme.Lauren served as General Officer Coordinator in partnership with the 11th Wing Command in Washington, D.C. for high-ranking Officers in the United States Military. 

Pompey became a contributing member of the New York Chapter of the Organization for Women in International Trade (OWIT) in 2020, where she led PR special projects and built professional mentorship opportunities for young women. In 2021, Lauren was appointed to serve as the Co-chair for the Redefining National Security working group, by Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, founder of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation.

Today, she is a Senior Consultant for the Federal National Mortgage Association.

Education: MA International Relations, 2018


James Brunton 

Marian Corcoran

Dr James Brunton is Assistant Professor and Programme Chair of the DCU Connected Psychology Major programme at DCU which is an online, open education programme accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

James is a Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol., Ps.S.I.; C. Work & Org. Psychol. Ps.S.I.; CPsychol BPS), having graduated from University College Cork with a BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology, and with a PhD in Psychology from the Business School in Dublin City University. James is also an EDEN (European Distance Education Network) Fellow, an Advance HE Senior Fellow (SFHEA), and Professor Extraordinarious in the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Education: PhD Social and Organisational Psychology, 2009


Jason Sherlock 

Marian Corcoran

Jason Sherlock joined the DCU Educational Trust team as an Associate Director in March 2018. Since August 2019, he has undertaken the role of Director of Development for DCU Educational Trust.Jason is responsible for developing and implementing the Trust’s overall fundraising strategy and is inspired by DCU’s mission to transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement.

Through his involvement in Irish sport, Jason is a well-known sporting personality nationally. As a player, Jason represented Ireland in soccer and basketball and also played for the Dublin Senior Football Team for 15 seasons. He also served as a selector with Dublin’s five-in-a-row All-Ireland winning Senior Football Team from 2015 to 2019.  Jason has over 15 years’ experience in Sales and Business Development in the corporate sector. 

Education: Executive MBA, 2014


Stephen Hopkins 

James Brunton

 Stephen is Head of Media at Ibec, Ireland's largest lobby & business representative group. 

Stephen has spent the better part of a decade working across communications, policy, Government relations and stakeholder management. Stephen began his career with the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland where he held several positions across the Public Affairs team, including as Communications Manager. Prior to joining Ibec, he worked for a global advisory firm specialising in media management for international tech firms.

Education: BA in International Relations, 2012


Brian Smyth
Brian Smyth

Brian is a Managing Director in Accenture leading innovation globally across the Communications and Media Industry with a focus on the metaverse, web3 and the future of the internet.

He has a passion for technology since receiving his first computer, an Atari 520ST, as a 5 year old and loves that he gets to combine this with solving for human needs, working with clients to ignite change in The Dock, Accenture’s global R&D and Innovation centre in Dublin, which he helped set up in 2016.

Brian has extensive international experience and over the past 15 years has helped leading organisations to expand globally, accelerate product development cycles and embed a culture of innovation. Outside of Accenture, Brian served as Irish President of Junior Chamber International, the worldwide leadership development organisation. 

Education: Bachelor of Business Studies DCU, 2006


Robert Dunne

Jim Moore

Robert Dunne is currently Principal of Loreto Abbey Secondary School, Dalkey and is also a part-time Lecturer and School Placement Tutor in the Institute of Education, DCU. Robert is a Director of the Marist Education Authority and a member of the Boards of Management of Newcross College, Finglas and Gonzaga College S.J. Ranelagh.

He is Chairperson of the Board of St.Patrick’s  Loreto National School in Bray and the Loreto Education Network Committee. He graduated from the Mater Dei Institute of Education with a Bachelor of Religious Science degree with History in 1985 and then completed Post Graduate qualifications in Regis University, Denver, Colorado and Trinity College, Dublin. Robert was a former Governor of the Mater Dei Institute and Trustee Nominee of the Board of Chanel College in Coolock. Robert was a founder member of the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education and was actively involved on the Executive of the Association for a number of years.

Education: Bachelor of Religious Science Degree with History,1985


Laura Mahoney


Laura holds an MBA (PG Dip) from the Open University, a Masters Degree in Political Philosophy from UCD and a BA in Contemporary History from the University of Sussex. She worked as a tutor in History & Politics and held posts in the RCSI and the Fulbright Commission. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies (ACESA).  

She joined the Royal Irish Academy in 1999 and was involved in all aspects of the Academy’s business, from grant management through to events programming and from international partnerships and EU funding through to developing major PRTLI research projects. In October 2009 she became Head of the Academy’s administration - charged with the effective governance of the organisation and development of programming.  In November 2010 she became acting CEO and began the process of writing the Academy's next strategic plan. She took over that role full time in 2013.

In 2018 Laura took a secondment into the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform to lead on Public Sector Reform. She was responsible for coordinating and supporting the delivery of public service reform and innovation, managing the Programme Management Office to lead the implementation of Our Public Service 2020, which established the strategy for development and innovation across the Public Service.

Education: The University of Sussex (BA 1995), University College Dublin (MA 1997), The Open University (MBA 2011)

Colette O'Beirne


Colette has been part of the DCU family since 2001 working in the Communications, Marketing and Student Recruitment areas and she currently manages both undergraduate and postgraduate Domestic and EU Student Recruitment.

Colette is passionate about Student Recruitment, and she has extensive experience in developing and implementing the strategic operations and resources that will help impact prospective student’s decision-making.

She has led the development of numerous student engagement initiatives and responsibilities include the integration of student recruitment policy and practice into key stakeholder areas, developing peer-to-peer communication channels through the Student Ambassador programme, introducing, and leveraging digital platforms such as Pubble, CUEs and Unibuddy, being agile and responsive to new opportunities and creativity and overall, ensuring operational excellence is maintained.

Education: Graduateship in Marketing, MII (2010); MSc in Management of Operations, DCU (2019)


Mary Larkin Griffin

Mary Larkin Griffin Alumni Council DCU

Mary Larkin joined the DCU Alumni Office team in June 2018, with responsibility of alumni events, mentorship programme and DCU Voices magazine. In January 2023, she was appointed Alumni Relations Operations Manager.  Mary is responsible for managing the alumni database, leading participation in CASE Alumni Engagement Metrics and coordinating the alumni schedule of activity.

Mary is an experienced Alumni Relations professional with 10 years’ experience in higher education, gained through a variety of roles in alumni relations, membership events and data initiatives.  Mary works closely with various DCU departments to deliver alumni engagement through alumni events, communications and developing the alumni database to maintain relationship with graduates of the University. She is a graduate of Dundalk Institute of Technology (MBS, 2009 and BBS, 2007), Digital Marketing Institute of Ireland (PGD Digital Marketing, 2015), AdvanceHE Aurora Leadership Programme (2023). Mary has held various roles with the Regional Development Centre Dundalk Institute of Technology, LMETB, Fáilte Ireland, Maynooth University and Dublinked.

Education: Dundalk Institute of Technology (MBS, 2009 and BBS, 2007)

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