Business Faculty Profiles

Professor Andrew Deegan, Dean of Business Faculty


Professor Deegan was formerly Professor of Management Information Systems at UCD from 2000 until 2010. He also held other roles in UCD including: MIS Head of Department, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean, UCD Business School, Academic Programme Director for the largest postgraduate business programmes, Irish Director, EuroMBA programme and Director, University College Dublin School of Business Distance Programmes in Asia.  He also served as Chair/member of a number of prestigious and high-level UCD Boards and Committees in both the Smurfit and Quinn Schools. Prof. Deegan is  a former Moderator, Institute of Chartered Accountants Examinations and has extensive experience of management of, and participation in, Executive Education and UCD overseas programmes including bachelor’s and master’s programmes in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.

Prof. Deegan’s research interests include Business Value of IT, EBusiness Strategy and Business Models, IT-driven Change Management, IT Project Risk Management.

His professional experience includes  positions as  Systems Analyst, An Bord Bainne (Irish Dairy Board),  IT Consultant,  KPMG, Dublin, Senior IT Consultant, Deloitte Consulting, Ireland, and Co-Founder and Managing Director, University Software Systems.

His spare-time interests include sailing, golf, reading, sport and light classical music.

Lucy Bowe M. Acc; BA (Hons)Comm.Int.; ICAI; AITI

Lucy is an immensely popular lecturer and member of teaching faculty who has previously lectured at other business schools in Dublin including the Irish Taxation Institute and within professional qualification programmes in Ireland. She has successfully delivered training and professional accreditation and continuing professional development programmes to corporate audiences and also to student trainees within professional training programmes. Lucy originally qualified with a Commerce International degree specialising in Spanish contexts from University College Dublin. She gained her Masters in Accounting from UCD in 2004 and qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland in 2007 and was awarded her Associate Membership of the Irish Taxation Institute in 2008.

Lucy has built up a substantial experience of business activities within financial services areas related to both the private and public sectors in Ireland and she has been employed in senior positions at Deloitte, Ernst and Young, and International Development Ireland.

Her areas of expertise and responsibility have included Business Taxation, Private Wealth Services Taxation, ICT and Corporate Taxation, and Client Handling. She has a wealth of understanding related to all aspects of accounting and accountancy, taxation, audit, corporate financial responsibility, and professional standards and requirements.

Lucy will lecture in the Accounting and Finance subjects on the BA (Hons) Business Studies programme. This will include Accounting and Finance, Management Accounting, Taxation, Corporate Finance and Financial Electives areas. As with all Faculty lecturers Lucy will also, where required, provide specialist tuition within the Dissertation and Business Enterprise Modules of the BA (Hons) Business programmes.

Ciaran O’Reilly BE, MSc, CEng, MAC

Ciaran O'Reilly




Ciaran has over 25 years of experience working as a manager and leader within various multinational and smaller Irish businesses. He initially trained as an engineer, graduating from UCD in 1981 with a B.Eng., and in 1983 an M.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

While working at  HP and Henkel/Loctite, he received world class management training and experience. He has worked in alternative energy, automotive, chemical, consumer electronics and bioscience areas, with extensive experience of managing R&D and commercialisation of innovation. Ciaran developed a passion and reputation for learning and development during his career, providing technical training and support globally. In more recent years Ciaran has extended into broader management development, group facilitation and coaching. He also delivers modules on professional development for a degree course in Independent Colleges.

He is a FAS certified trainer and is also certified in NLP, Myers Briggs personality testing and is a professionally trained coach and a founding member of the Irish chapter of Association for Coaching. Ciaran has provided training, facilitation, mentoring and coaching at all levels both in Ireland and abroad. Recent assignments have included facilitation of strategic planning days for the local senior team of a large multinational insurance company; facilitating a sales and marketing team of a pharma business; working with a professional healthcare team; facilitating alignment and  conflict resolution with engineering teams.

Listed here are some of the clients Ciaran has worked with in recent years: Schering Plough; Musgraves SVC; HSE; Roche; Nycomed; Generali; O2; AIB; Cityjet; DOHC; Oracle, Pfizer, Pauwels, CSEA, Law Society, Momentum, Shamrock, Douglas Wallace,  Chevron, PACE, Education Choice

Catherine O’Reilly

Catherine O

Catherine is a senior management professional with a strong record in general management, sales, marketing and human resource development in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. With over 20 year’s experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams in the domestic and international environment, she has consistently delivered on both strategic and project goals, and critically enjoys the overall development of Human Resources through strong leadership, excellent communication skills and superb personal effectiveness.

She brings an approach to her work that is energetic, results focused and process-driven and is characterised by imagination, discipline and courage. Catherine specialises Third & Fourth Level Education & Human Development Sector where she has completed a number of HETAC Level 7/8 Programme Syllabus editing and completion of submissions for approval. Catherine has participated as HETAC Panel Subject Expert and complete a number of college presentation meetings to various visiting HETAC Panels.

Catherine is currently researching her doctoral degree in managerial competencies in the services industry focusing on hotel management in Ireland

Matthew Jolley

Matthew Jolley is a practicing barrister and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2006.  His professional practice has a primary focus  on Employment Law, the Law of Chancery and Common Law where he practices from the Law Library at the Four Courts. Matthew teaches on the college’s L.L.B degree programmes in Contract Law having also taught Land Law, and Introduction to the Irish Legal System. Matthew also teaches Medical Negligence and Criminal Law, and Introduction to the Commercial Legal Environment in the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business Studies degree programme.

Cathy Mac Daid

Cathy Mac Daid is a graduate of University College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and is a practicing barrister.   She worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 2005 until 2010. She has conducted research for Amnesty International and the Public Interest Law Alliance.  She currently lectures in Business Law and has also lectured in Childcare Law.  She  is a member of the Irish Society of International Law and currently conducting doctoral research  in the areas of International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law.

Event Management

All lecturers, and guest lectures, have been specially selected for their wealth of experience and proven track record in the event management industry. Core lecturers have been working and lecturing for the past 15 years in the event management industry both nationally and internationally.

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