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Luke Monahan

Luke Monahan

Luke Monahan is a highly rated facilitator, presenter, commentator and author in the educational arena both nationally and internationally. He has extensive background in education in teaching and management. He currently works as an accredited workplace mediator and also a leadership and change management consultant to organisations across the public and private sector with a particular specialisation in the educational context. He has been head of the Centre of Education Services at Marino Institute for ten years leading a team to facilitate innovative and needs based services to schools around leadership development, ethos promotion, Board training and conflict management. 

He has been national coordinator of the Irish Association of Pastoral Care in Education and has worked directly with over 300 schools across all sectors providing training and resources on educational practice. He has published an extensive range of books on education and practice. He has two Masters Degrees, most recently one in executive leadership.  He is on the senior associate faculty of the Irish Management Institute and is currently part of the Leaderhip Academy with the HSE and their IMI Masters Programme, working also with the Kerry Group, Dublin City Council, Alexion, Accenture among many other public and private client groups. His areas of expertise include: communication skills; strategy and leadership; negotiation; decision making; conflict management. Luke is a nationally and internationally accredited mediator and a founding partner in the Mediation Foundation of Ireland -

His latest book (2017): Year Heads Making a Difference (2nd Ed)is a 220 page handbook for this crucial role in schools. He has recently facilitated a national training programme for over 1000 year heads. Email him for an overview of the contents and purchase information.

Contact Luke

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Conor O'Brien

Conor O'Brien brings a broad range of experience from the fields of both education and the business world. Having served on the first Board of Management in 1988 in Templeogue College and taught there for seventeen years, he transferred to the private sector in 1998. He was director of Accounting support services with the multi national professional services firm Mazars for five years before being appointed director of the Christian Brothers Education office at St. Helens in Blackrock in 2005. As director he played a key role in sourcing, appointing and training boards of management in 76 schools in the St. Helens network while also dealing with contentious issues at board and school level including staff conflict, rationalisations and school closures.

He played a central role in planning for the establishment of the new charitable trust structure ERST which took ownership and responsibility of the Christian Brothers schools in 2008. Conor is also the Chief Financial Officer for a global software company - Zutec.

Contact Conor

Mobile: 087 2838927 Email:

The Associate Team

Tony Bourke

Tony Bourke

Tony Bourke has a background in education and has taught in both Ireland and Uganda. He has played a lead role in a range of companies. He has degrees in chemistry, education and IT. Tony is a very experienced facilitator of professional development through his company Raising Performance and delivers courses for such organisations are the Irish Management Institute, IBEC and the IPA. He is a partner in the Mediation Foundation of Ireland and is a Certified Mediator in addition to being a board member of South Dublin Mediation Services. He mentors small companies for Enterprise Ireland and is a trained leadership coach.

His areas of expertise are:

  • Management training
  • Coaching
  • Workplace mediation
  • Dignity at Work / Bullying
  • Communicaiton & presentation skill

Pat Courtney

Pat Courtney

Pat has provided CPD on Bullying to schools and parents for over 14 years: He was national Anti-Bullying Coordinator of the SPHE Support Service (2009-2014). He was Team Leader of the Department of Education pilot anti-bullying programme for second level schools-The Dublin Cool School Pilot Programme (2006-2009). Pat was Education Officer with The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (North Eastern Health Board, HSE) and helped develop the Cool School Anti-Bullying Programme (2000-2005).

He is a member of the Teaching Council and worked as Assistant Principal in St. Kevin’s Community College (1991-2000).

He is co-author of the following Cool School Publications:

  • "Responding to Bullying: First Steps for Teachers"
  • "Investigating and Resolving Bullying: Further Steps for Teachers"
  • "Bullying In Secondary Schools: What Parents Need to Know"
  • "RUBN Bullied: Tips for Teens"

His services include anti-bullying support at Primary and Post Primary level:

  • Whole staff seminars on bullying and cyber bullying
  • Training for relevant teachers on investigating and resolving bullying
  • Seminars for parents
  • Classroom work with pupils on countering bullying and developing positive relationships
  • Work with student councils
  • Individual consultations

Gerard McNevin

Gerard has a wealth of experience working in the Social Care field for fourteen years with troubled young people and adolescents. Prior to practicing as a social care professional he trained and worked in the medical profession in London.

Currently, Gerard is a psychotherapist in private practice for 15 years. Gerard works with individuals and groups. His work involves working therapeutically with clients in the areas of Relationship problems, Adolescent development, Abuse, Addiction, Gambling, Anxiety, Stress. Stress and Anger Management,

Gerard also works as a trainer, supervisor, group facilitator and consultant to staff teams in HSE, Department of Education, Youthreach, Community Training Programmes, schools and addiction centres who experience difficulty whilst working with challenging and out of control students.

Gerard in his association with Curam fill focus his contribution in the following areas:

  • Referral of challenging students
  • Seminars for Care Teams
  • Presentation to parent groups
  • Consultancy with management, Year Heads and welfare personnel

James Shovlin

James Shovlin

James Shovlin is a post primary teacher with over 10 years teaching experience. In addition to his BA Degree and Higher Diploma in Education he holds a Masters Degree in education. He has been employed in the security industry since 1998. Building on this experience he is also qualified in the delivery of Conflict Management Training and currently works in this field, training security personnel for frontline roles. He has developed a robust and practical range of resources and services to assist school communities prevent and where necessary respond to violent behaviour. He is also involved with teacher training and mentoring across the country.

His services include:

  • Serious behaviour response audits
  • Resourcing staff in responding to violent behaviour
  • Senior Management Consultation on serious behaviour issues
  • Briefings to Boards on violent behaviour issues
  • Health and Safety Training

Sharna Ragonesi

Sharna has a background in Economics and has founded a series of businesses in the UK and featured in the Top 100 companies in Ireland in 2010. Sharna has a Bachelors degree in Management Science and is currently completing a Masters in Occupational Psychology from University London.

Sharna’s consulting interests lie primarily within the field of communication and operations management. She has worked extensively in the field of emotional intelligence and co-delivers the EQi 2.0 and 360 certification. She specialises in working with highly competent individuals who struggle to communicate their message effectively and are consequently held back within their organisations.

Sharna is a non-executive board member for a wide range of companies, is a certified mediator, and is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

In association with Curam, Sharna has developed a modular programme aimed at transition and leaving certificate pupils. The programme aims to develop key competencies common across a broad range of occupations and simultaneously empower students to take control of their future happiness and well-being.

Dr. Maeve Martin

Dr Maeve Martin was a senior lecturer in the Education Department at NUI, Maynooth before her retirement in 2009. She is a psychologist by discipline, and had responsibility for the teaching of psychology on the range of programmes that is offered by the Education Department at NUI, Maynooth. Her areas included both educational and developmental psychology. Alongside her teaching duties in the department, Dr. Martin supervised research, and contributed to the many initiatives that formed part of this dynamic department. She visited her students in their teaching practice schools, and supervised their placement there.

Alongside her academic life, Dr. Martin has worked for twenty years as a member of a Child Guidance Team in one of the country’s largest Health Executives. This has given her the opportunity to work with children, their families, their teachers, and with other agencies interested in the welfare of children.

During her academic career, Dr. Martin facilitated many staff development days in schools and Colleges, and frequently made presentations to parent groups. She was also a frequent speaker at national conferences both in this country and abroad. Extra mural lecturing involved her working with nurses, both in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, and at An Bord Altranais---the national Nursing Board, in Ireland. She was also a guest lecturer at University College, Dublin and St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

In the context of public service, Dr. Martin was commissioned by the Department of Education to chair a Task Force on School Behaviour (2006). She is a ministerial nominee to a number of committees. Currently she Chairs a project for Irish Aid on the theme of Development and Intercultural Education (DICE). She has served as a board member on the Board of Kimmage Manor Development Studies Centre and is currently on the Board of the Irish American University. Dr. Martin was a member of the Secretariat for the national convention on Early Childhood and Education in 1999. Other public service involves participating in a number of interview boards for Dublin City University and for the Public Appointments Commission. She has extensive experience as an extern examiner both in Ireland and overseas.

In 1999, Dr. Martin was a guest for a semester at the Hogskole of Gaevle in Sweden. This entailed some lecturing, and some visitation of schools. Her trip to Sweden provided the opportunity to take a close look at the provision for pre-school children in Sweden.

She continues to fill the role of judge on the social science panel, at the annual Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. During her time in Boston she was invited to be a judge at the Massachusetts Young Scientist held at MIT.

She has carried out consultation work with the World Bank in islands of the Eastern Caribbean.

Seamus O’Brien

Seamus has worked as teacher, education consultant and principal. He has worked in school communities across the country in all sectors. He was principal in Garbally College, senior education consultant with the Marino Institute of Education. He has a dynamic and resourceful approach to teacher inservice, professional development and leadership mentoring. He is widely published in the areas of student mentoring, school partnership processes, ethos and history. He has a particular interest in supporting school leadership in a variety of ways. His reputation as a highly engaging presenter is widely known. Through his association with Curam and in his own work, Seamus will be available to school communities in particular focusing on the following areas:


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