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Sharon Hughes, CEO
Sharon Hughes has been the Chief Executive Officer of the TU Dublin SU CLG, (previously DIT Students’ Union CLG), since 2017. In her role as CEO she is responsible for the Financial management, Human Resourcing, Risk management and Governance matters of the organisation, and reports on such to the Board of TU Dublin SU CLG.
Sharon’s role is also to act in an advisory capacity to the President of the TU Dublin SU. She manages a team of professional staff, to ensure that TU Dublin SU CLG is providing the necessary logistical, and operational support required by the elected team to undertake their political mandates.
Prior to her role as CEO she was the Development Manager for the DIT Students’ Union CLG, responsible for the Event Management and Communications functions of the Students’ Union. Sharon holds an MA in Political Communications from Dublin City University, Post Graduate Diploma in Event Management and Public Relations from the Fitzwilliam Institute and a Diploma in Auctioneering, Valuations and Estate Agency from the Technological University Dublin. You can see more on Sharon's LinkedIn profile here.
Maura Cunningham, Deputy CEO
Maura Cunningham has been the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of TU Dublin SU CLG, (previously Dublin Institute of Technology SU CLG) since 2007. She has been the Company Secretary for TU Dublin SU CLG since 1999.
Her role as company secretary includes the filing of all CRO paperwork, maintaining files and records for all Board meetings and maintaining the register of Directors and Members.
As Deputy CEO, Maura is the Financial Manager for TU Dublin SU responsible for the oversight of the annual Students’ Union budget. Her financial responsibilities include maintenance of monthly management accounts, preparation of annual audits and processing of payroll for over 30 staff members. Maura is also responsible for the Democratic operations of the Students’ Union including Class Reps and other local elections processes.
She manages the implementation and logistics of the annual election process of the full time and part time officers who represent our 28,000 strong membership, across all TU Dublin locations.
Jason Aughney, Development Manager
Jason Aughney has been the Development Manager for TU Dublin Students’ Union CLG, (previously DIT Students’ Union CLG), since 2018. In his multifaceted role he is responsible for onsite and offsite Events, Marketing bookings/activities, and overall communications across the organisation, of which he reports on to the CEO.
Jason is also responsible for maintaining our current services whilst identifying and investigating the possibility of providing new services for students. He acts as a support to our Events and Engagement Officer whilst keeping with the Communication needs of the Students’ Union President.
Prior to his role in TU Dublin Students’ Union, Jason worked in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown as Students’ Union President for four years and later went to work in eBay for just under two years. You can see more on Jason’s LinkedIn profile here.
Mary Scally, Director of Student Academic Affairs & Welfare
Mary is the Director of Student Academic Affairs & Welfare for TU Dublin Students' Union, having joined the organisation in 2005.
Within this broad remit she is responsible for the work of the Advice Team that handles all student casework, primarily education and welfare matters. She advises the officer team on policy development, strategy, and advocacy within the university structures with particular emphasis on student engagement and training, quality assurance and regulations. Mary is a member of the TU Dublin Academic Council.
Previous to joining the Students Union, Mary held senior management positions in pr & communications, theatre, film as well as training and development.
Mary is a graduate of NUIG in History & English and holds a Higher Diploma in Education.
Sarah Coll, HR & Training Executive
Sarah has worked in TU Dublin SU CLG (previously Dublin Institute of Technology SU CLG) since 2008.
Sarah has had two roles within the Students’ Union. Currently, Sarah is the HR and Training Executive who is responsible for recruitment and selection, developing fair HR policies and procedures and administering employee training. She works closely with the CEO and Deputy CEO.
Before taking on the role of HR and Training Executive, Sarah worked as a Student Advisor for 8 years. Dealing directly with student queries.
Sarah holds an Honors Bachelor degree in Business Management and CIPD diploma in Human Resources Management.
Eve Donnelly, Communications Executive
Eve moved to her role as Communications Executive in 2016. Her role includes responsibility for management of TU Dublin SU’s websites and Social Media. She also works closely with the Development Manager, the Graphic Designer and the Executive Team to implement officer vision when it comes to delivering campaigns.
Before taking on the role of Comms Exec, Eve was a Student Advisor with what was DIT Students’ Union. She holds a B.A in English & History from NUI Maynooth, where she studied as a mature student. She also holds a holds a Higher Diploma in Journalism.
Murray Aston, Graphic Designer
Murray has been working for TU Dublin SU CLG in the capacity of Graphic Designer since 2019.
Murray’s varied life experience and visual flare has brought a new ‘finishing-touch’ to the production of TU Dublin SU promotion. Working closely with the Development Manager and Communications Executive, Murray helps to build the officers visions into briefs with real World outcomes.
“This job gives me the opportunity to express the best interests of a campaign without omission, pure creativity.”
Previous to this role, Murray lived and worked in both Argentina and México. Taking leave to return to education in 2015 to study BA Hons. Visual Communication in TU Dublin. Murray is currently involved in the application process of furthering his education with Post-graduate studies due to commence in January 2021.
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Trish Cullen, Student Advisor
Trish Cullen has been a Student Advisor of TU Dublin SU CLG, (previously Dublin Institute of Technology SU CLG) since 2012.
Trish is responsible for front-line information and advice service in Education & Welfare for students on campus. Trish is responsible for the provision of accurate and appropriate advice and information to students in relation to welfare and education matters, in line with TU Dublin SU CLG policies and practice in terms of confidentiality, boundaries, record-keeping and excellent customer service.
Trish is also responsible for the administration of the Class Rep system and local democracy (including elections) the campus.
Saoirse McLave, Office Administrator
Saoirse has worked in TU Dublin SU CLG as Office Administrator since September 2019.
Saoirse is responsible for day-to-day administration such as dealing with invoices and expenses, the Class Hoodie system, and ensuring all records and files are maintained in a manner consistent with TUDSU CLG protocols and procedures.
Saoirse is also responsible for the administration, maintenance and monitoring of the Central Democratic Database which includes all information relating to Student Council, Executive Council, Class Rep Meetings and Electoral Commission.
Saoirse holds a B.A degree in History and English, and a Masters Degree in European History from Maynooth University.