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Programme Director and Course Leaders

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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.

Dr Simon Haslam CDir

Dr Simon Haslam CDir

Dr 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 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.

Carol is a non-executive director at Link Assets Services Ltd and An Post.  She is Chairman of Utexam Solutions Ltd, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas and a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Carol is also 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.