Meet the Team

Mary Colgan

Mary Colgan

Mary Colgan - Director of Planning and Operations

Mary oversees the operations, events, planning and development of the President’s Office and provides project stewardship and operational support to the President across a number of strategic initiatives.  


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Lorraine Heffernan

Lorraine Heffernan

Lorraine Heffernan - Office Manager

Lorraine is responsible for the management, planning and delivery of professional services by the President’s Office administration team.  She provides leadership across the full range of responsibilities of the office to ensure that administrative processes and resources are managed effectively and delivered to the highest quality standards, in line with the overall strategic objectives of the President’s Office.

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 Jane Neville - Assistant to the President 

Jane is responsible for providing administrative support to the President, including diary management, preparation of agenda and meeting papers, travel and accommodation, and hospitality arrangements.  She provides secretariat support for the University’s Executive and Senior Management Group (SMG).

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Yvonne Duff - Executive Assistant

Yvonne is the first point of contact for general queries to the President’s Office, and for information regarding reserved parking areas of Albert College (DCU Glasnevin Campus) and Belvedere House (DCU St Patrick's Campus). She is responsible for records and archive management at DCU President's Office, and also administers its purchasing requirements. 

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Natalie Neville - PA to the Deputy President 

Natalie is responsible for providing administrative support to the Deputy President, including diary management, preparation of agenda and meeting papers, travel and accommodation, and hospitality arrangements. She provides secretariat support to the University's Budget Committee and Heads and Deans Group. 

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Claire Connell

Dr Claire Connell

Dr Claire Connell - Special Events and Protocol Manager

Claire manages the strategic planning and protocol for key university-level and presidential events. She oversees protocol for visits to the University by high-level visitors including senior government officials, providing advice to the DCU community on these matters. 

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Theresa O'Farrell

 Theresa O’Farrell

 Theresa O’Farrell - Special Events Office

Theresa co-ordinates events on behalf of the President’s Office. She oversees event logistics and acts as the main point of contact with internal university offices, including Estates, Security, ISS, Trispace, The Helix etc. She assists the DCU community on matters of protocol.

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Tom Swift

Tom Swift

Tom Swift - Content Editor

Tom is responsible for the preparation of written and online content for the President's Office. In consultation with the President and Deputy President, he prepares speeches for internal and external events. He writes and edits the President's Annual Reports and compiles President's monthly newsletter. He updates and edits content on the DCU President's website. 

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Dr Jean Hughes

Dr Jean Hughes

Dr Jean Hughes - Strategic Projects

Jean works with the Deputy President across a range of strategic projects and initiatives, within the university and those in collaboration with sectoral, regional, national and international partners.