Faculty of Accountancy Profiles

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Liam Doran FCCA, FCPA, MBS (Finance)

Liam is the Joint Head of the Accountancy School at Independent Colleges. He was previously a senior lecturer with Griffith College specialising in the areas of Financial Accounting and Financial Management for ACCA, CPA, CIMA and ACA. He is an immensely confident and popular lecturer.


ACCA Subjects in Dublin:- P2 and P4.
ACCA Subjects in Cork:- P2


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Dave O’Donoghue FCCA, MSc, DipIFR

Dave is the Managing Director of the Accountancy School at Independent Colleges where he lecturers at all levels of Auditing and Financial Reporting. Dave is currently a member of ACCA Ireland committee and he is also a Director of Chartered Grind School which prepares students to sit the exams of ACA Ireland. He spent a number of years working in Industry and Practice before he moved into full time education. Dave has been lecturing to professional accountancy students since 1996 and is recognised as being at the forefront of lecturing to Professional Accountancy students in Ireland. He has earned an exceptional reputation with accountancy students for his diligence and commitment to assisting them in passing their ACCA exams. 

He has lectured students placed first in the World in F7 and a number who were placed 2nd in F7 and F8. He has had numerous students who have been placed at national and international levels in F7, F8 and P7. 

Dave is a Fellow of ACCAand holds a Masters in Accountancy. He was previously the Course Director of Professional Accountancy at Griffith College.

ACCA Subjects in Dublin: F7, F8 and P7

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Sandra Gleeson FCCA, DipIFR, IATI

Sandra is a Senior Lecturer with Independent Colleges and specialises in Tax, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting. She has lectured to ACCA, CPA, IATI, CIMA and ACA students since 2002. Sandra has an exam focused teaching approach and an ability to simplify the more difficult areas of the syllabus. Sandra’s commitment and enthusiasm in assisting students to achieve exam success has earned her an outstanding reputation. 

ACCA Subjects in Dublin:- F2, F6, P6
ACCA Subjects in Cork:- F6, P6
CPA Subjects: Dublin and Cork, P2 – Advanced Taxation


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Michael Bristow BSc (Mgmt), FCCA, DipIFR


Michael is a Senior Lecturer in the area of Management Accounting and Performance Management. He has extensive experience in the area of Management Accounting and decision making. He has lectured on both ACCA and CPA courses and worked in both senior Management Accounting and Analyst roles. Michael is an ACCA qualified lecturer and received a number of placings during the course of his own examinations including a 1st in the world in Advanced Performance Management. 


ACCA Subjects in Dublin: F5, F9 and P5; F5 (Full-time)

ACCA Subjects in Cork: P5

CPA Subjects: Dublin, P1-Managerial Finance  Dublin and Cork, P2-Strategic Performance Management


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Shane O’Grady BSc

Shane is a full-time Senior Lecturer with Independent Colleges in the areas of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Strategy. Prior to joining Independent Colleges, Shane was a member of the Enterprise Risk Services team in Deloitte. Shane has lectured on ACA, ACCA, CPA and IATI courses for the past number of years and he has developed an outstanding reputation due in no small part to his approachability and focus on examinations.

ACCA Subjects in Dublin: P1 and P3;  P1 (Full-Time)
ACCA Subjects in Cork: P1


Paul Russell BA, FFA, ATT, AFTAMel Headshot

Paul has extensive experience in lecturing and coaching students across a range of professional qualifications. He harnesses over 20 years financial experience providing private taxation consultancy and he has previously lectured on CIMA and ACCA programmes at the Richard Clarke Academy and Astranti Financial Training.  Paul has a passion for lecturing and is continually seeking ways to improve and innovate his approach.  When not lecturing, Paul’s divides his time between running a portfolio of tax planning clients, and working as a Financial Director for several SME’s. 
Paul has taught prizewinning students over the years including a P6 students who achieved 1st in the world in June 2011. 

ACCA Subjects in Dublin: F6 Full-time 

CIMA Subjects in Dublin: E1 and E2


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Michael Donnelly FCCA


Michael Donnelly has been lecturing accountancy students since 1998 on ACCA and other accounting course. Michael has also lectured for state bodies and other training firms. He has acted in positions of financial controller and director in retail, construction and property development companies since 1996.

ACCA Subjects in Cork: F7, P7
ACCA Subjects in Dublin: F7 and P2
CIMA Subjects in Dublin: P3
CPA Subjects: Dublin, P2-Advanced Audit Practice and Assurance Services Cork, P2-Advanced Audit Practice and Assurance Services and P2-Advanced Corporate Reporting


Michael Barry ND(BS), ACMA, MSc(Finance), AMCT, CGMA  

Michael has over 21 years of international lecturing experience, at both professional and academic levels. He joined BPP Ireland in 2003 after returning from a seven year project in South-East Asia. Michael become a welcome addition to the professional team at Independent Colleges in January 2013. 

Michael brings a wealth of experience to classroom delivery producing exceptional pass rates and world prize winners. As both a Chartered Management Accountant and Treasurer, Michael specialises in Advanced Financial Management and Management Accounting across a range of professional programmes.

Michael is a former World Prize-Winner with experience in both Airline and Software Engineering Sectors.  He has been a member of many Professional and Academic Boards with various institutions and designed Professional Development programmes for finance staff of listed companies in both Asia and Europe. 

ACCA Subjects in Dublin: P4 and P5 both Full-time and Part-time IFSC

CIMA Subjects in Dublin: P2, F3 and T4



Gary Fitzgerald Barrister at Law, BA

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Gary is a graduate of the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns and University College Cork. He was called to the Bar in 2007. He won the Antonia O’Callaghan prize for Constitutional Law in 2005 and Oratory in 2006. His practical experiences of the subject matter on the F4 syllabus together with his excellent presentation skills make him one of the most respected lecturers in the country for this subject.

ACCA Subjects in Dublin:  F4 



Graham Crowley BSc

Graham currently works as a Senior Commercial Accountant with the Musgrave Group. He has held a number of Management Accounting, Financial Accounting and Financial Analysis roles within Musgrave. Prior to joining Musgrave he worked as an Analyst with Fidelity Investments in Boston, USA. Graham completed his CIMA exams in 2007 and received a number of placing during the course of his own exams including two 1st places, two 2nd places and three 3rd places in Ireland. He has been lecturing in both CPA and ACCA subjects since 2008.

 ACCA Subjects in Cork: F9, P3
CIMA Subjects  in Dublin: E3
CPA Subjects: Cork – Strategy & Leadership and Strategic Corporate Finance


Aidan Harty BComm, HDip Computer Science, ACCAaidan_headshoot

Aidan works as a financial accountant in Cork having previously worked in practice and in the Banking Industry. He is an ACCA qualified lecturer and has previously achieved a number of prizes during the course of his own studies including 1st place in the world in paper 3.2 Advanced Taxation.

 ACCA Subjects in Cork: F8


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Michelle Hourican FCCA, MSc

Michelle is a daytime lecturer with Independent Colleges specialising in Business Strategy and Financial Management. Michelle has worked with a diverse range of clients from multi-national firms to the public sector. She has experience in the areas of Strategic Planning and Implementation, Business Process, Re-design, Change Management and IT. She is a member of the ACCA Leinster Network and has presented CPD lectures. She has had the privilege of presenting an intensive ACCA revision course to final year students in three locations in China.

ACCA Subjects in Dublin: F9 Full-time and P3 Full-time


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patrick Carrie BA, MBS, ACCA

Patrick is a qualified ACCA accountant with over ten years experience in a demanding financial services environment. His expertise is in financial analysis and planning, financial reporting, business strategy, computer programming, systems design and improvement, international project management and client relationship management.

ACCA Subjects in Dublin: P3
ACCA Subjects in Cork: P3


Christine Sheehan BSC (Finance), PGDA, CA(SA)

Christine is a Chartered Accountant specialising in finance. She completed academic articles with KPMG and has also worked with Deloitte. She has lectured auditing, accounting, management accounting and governance over a 19 year period. An ardent supporter of live long learning for adults furthered by open and transparent communication, she is inspired by the ethos of hard work and determination shown by students from previously disadvantaged of challenged backgrounds.

ACCA Subjects in Dublin: F8 Full-time


Sean McLoughney - ACCA F1 TutorSean McLoughney

Sean McLoughney, founder of LearningCurve, is a sought after learning and development specialist, author and speaker. Recently he reached a new milestone of 12 years in business and has helped over 10000 professionals at every level to improve their performance. In addition to his work with LearningCurve Sean is a senior lecturer (F1-Accountant in Business – ACCA) as well as a senior lecturer for IPASS. He also wrote, designed and delivers the highly successful Diploma in Managing People for the Chartered Accountants Ireland. 

Sean is an internationally published author. His first book “Slave to the Clock, Master of Time” helps you to improve your time management skills. Slave to a Job, Master of your Career is his second book and it outlines how people can plan and progress their careers, even in these challenging times. Sean is currently working on his third book which due out in October 2013.

ACCA Subjects in Dublin: F1


Anne Kehoe FCCA, MSc (Finance), DipIFR

Anne joined the Accountancy School at Independent Colleges in 2013 with over eight years of lecturing experience on both professional and academic programs. During this time Anne has been a member of many academic boards, developed course programmes and was Head of the Accounting and Finance department in her previous position. 

Prior to moving into academia, Anne gained a wealth of experience in financial services, media and the oil industry. This has allowed her to fully develop her subject matter expertise in the areas of financial reporting and management accounting. Building on this experience and a relentless focus on exam success for her students, Anne has developed her lecturing style bringing real life experience to her lectures resulting in consistently high pass rates that exceed both Irish and global averages in addition to numerous prize winners. 

Anne has lectured for a wide array of accounting bodies including ACCA, CIMA and CPA. Anne has developed an outstanding reputation built on her commitment, approachability and dedication to the success of her students. 

Anne is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), holds an MSc (Finance) from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and also holds a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards awarded by ACCA. 

ACCA Subjects: – F3 and P2

CIMA Subjects: – F2

CPA Subjects: P1 – Corporate Reporting



Martin is a former Inspector of Taxes who qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant, coming 1st in the world in his finals.  He is a professionally qualified Tax Consultant and a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of International Accountants. He holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. He has held senior management positions in the Department of Justice, KPMG and BPP Professional Education and has lectured on professional accountancy programmes for the last 15 years, during which time he has taught numerous CIMA prize-winners. He specialises in business strategy, performance measurement, taxation, risk management and corporate governance. His focus in teaching CIMA is to show the relevance of syllabus topics to current business issues and to explain difficult concepts in a practical way that students find interesting and rewarding. 

CIMA Subjects:  E3 and P3

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