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 Sarah Barry, TCD

SPHeRE Programme Director


Prof John Browne, UCC

SPHeRE Programme Co-Director


Prof Mary Clarke, RCSI

SPHeRE Programme Co-Director


Elaine Healy, RCSI

Programme Manager


Dr Aoife Howard, TCD

Assistant Director: Teaching and Learning


Dr Noreen O’Leary, RCSI

Assistant Director: Academic Affairs


Katherine Walsh, UCC

Assistant Director: Networks and Knowledge Translation

Programme Administrator


Ciarán McCarthy, RCSI

SPHeRE Technology Enhanced Learning Manager

Leon McCarthy, RCSI

SPHeRE Programme Administrator

Sheena Cleary, TCD

Programme Administrator

Steering Group