Our Team

Oversight of the day to day governance of the SPHeRE Programme is handled by the Management Team. It is comprised of the Director, two Co-Directors and eight staff employed under the Programme (three Assistant Directors, one Programme Co-ordinator, three Programme Administrators and one Learning Technologist). External advisors also attend as required.

Staff are located across the three partner institutions, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork.

The Current Management Team is:




Prof Ali Khashan, UCC

SPHeRE Programme Director


Prof Mary Clarke, RCSI

SPHeRE Programme Co-Director




Prof Sara Burke, TCD

SPHeRE Programme Co-Director


Elaine Healy, RCSI

Research Manager





Katherine Walsh, RCSI

Programme Manager

Dr Charlotte Myers, TCD

Assistant Director: Teaching and Learning







Dr Michelle Caffrey, RCSI

Assistant Director: Academic Affairs


Sumeet Bhattacharjee, UCC

Assistant Director: Networks and Knowledge Translation

Programme Administrator



Ciarán McCarthy


Ciarán McCarthy, RCSI

SPHeRE Technology Enhanced Learning Manager


Leon McCarthy, RCSI

SPHeRE Programme Administrator




Sheena Cleary, TCD

Programme Administrator




Leadership Team