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Programme Director and Course Leaders

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The IoD Ireland Chartered Director Programme is led by a team of senior and highly qualified corporate governance experts, inclusive of the Programme Director Eileen Gleeson CDir, and course leaders such as Dr Simon Haslam, Carol Bolger CDir, Dr Deborah Benson, and Marie Collins CDir

Eileen Gleeson CDir

Eileen Gleeson CDir

Eileen Gleeson is a Chartered Director (CDir) and the Programme Director for the Chartered Director Programme in Ireland.
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Eileen has been a director of 16 companies over the past thirty years in business, at chair, non-executive and executive levels.

She has advised some of Ireland's leading business and political leaders on communications and public affairs, including a seven-year period as Adviser to President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. Eileen has served as a non-executive director on State boards, plcs, financial services organisations and family businesses.

Professor Simon Haslam CDir

Professor Simon Haslam CDir

Professor Simon Haslam is a Chartered Director (CDir) and the course leader on the strategy aspect of the Chartered Director Programme.
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Simon is also programme lead for strategy for the Institute of Directors UK.

Simon has an MBA from Durham University Business School and a PhD from Strathclyde Business School. He is a Visiting Professor at Durham where he leads the Strategic Management module of its Global MBA programme. Simon's international strategy consulting work covers clients in the private, public and third sectors.   His book, Strategic Decision Making, co-written with Dr Ben Shenoy, was published by Kogan Page in 2018.

Carol Bolger CDir

Carol Bolger CDir

Carol Bolger is a Chartered Director (CDir), a Certified Bank Director and a highly skilled non-executive director. She is the course leader on the Governance and Diploma Programme aspect of the Chartered Director Programme. 

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Carol is also an Assessor on the IoD’s Board Evaluation service.

She is an experienced Assessor with the IoD’s Board Evaluation Service and a tutor on the Chartered Director Programme. She has broad banking experience gained in Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank where she held senior roles including Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy & Planning.

Carol is currently Chairperson of An Post, a non-Executive Director on the board of BCM Global ASI Ltd and Chair of Utexam Solutions Ltd, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas.  She also Chairs the Audit Committee of the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine and is a Patron of Chapter Zero Ireland, a community of non-executive directors who lead Irish boardroom discussions on the impacts of climate change.  She previously served on the board of The Coombe Women & Infants Hospital until 2020, where she was Chair of the Quality, Safety & Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.  She has also served on the Boards of the Health & Safety Authority and the Institute of Banking.

She holds qualifications in Finance, Strategy and Innovation (UCC) and has an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Banking where she formerly held the position of Vice President. 
 

Dr Deborah Benson

Dr Deborah Benson

Deborah Benson is the course leader on the leadership aspect of the Chartered Director Programme.
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Deborah has over 20 years’ experience as both an executive and non- executive director, in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors.

Deborah is currently a non-executive director of Scottish Canals (waterways, tourism and regeneration), and a Trustee of Edinburgh Women's Aid (refuges & support services). 

Marie Collins CDir

Marie Collins CDir

Marie Collins is a Chartered Director (CDir) and  is the course leader on the Governance and Diploma Programme aspect of the Chartered Director Programme.
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Marie is a Chair of Home Building Finance Ireland DAC and Bank of Ireland’s General Investment Trust DAC. She is a non-executive director of IPUTplc and EcoUnesco clg. Marie is an independent member of the Communications Regulator (ComReg) Audit and Risk Committee.

She is a Trustee of Trinity College Dublin Foundation and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.  Marie holds a Post Grad Dip in Corporate Governance for UCD and an MBA form Trinity College and is also a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute in the UK.