The Camden EducationTrust
The board of The Camden Education Trust is composed of six directors who are also the trustees. Ms
Nuala Dalton (Chairperson) and Ms Kate Murray are teachers with extensive experience in Digital Learning and teacher training. Ms Eimear Coogan is also a primary school teacher. Mr Niall McCormack is a qualified engineer who co founded Colmac Robotics. Mr Declan McAndrew is Vice President of a leading global multinational company with vast experience of IT and Dr. Tom Roche is a third level lecturer in GMIT also with technology and business experience.
Nuala Dalton – Chairperson
A graduate of St Patrick’s College of Education and post graduate of Dublin Business School, Nuala is currently an Advisor with Professional Development Service for Teachers. Master Trainer for Africa Code Week and has worked in Uganda, Tanzania and Mauritius with the project. Member of Galway Education Centre Management Committee. Tutor of PDST/LERO SCRATCH numeracy course for primary school teachers. Lead facilitator for MHAI (Mental Health Awareness Initiative) an ATECI and Jigsaw collaboration. Previously worked as a facilitator and mentor with National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT). Co-ordinator of Khan Academy Maths camps at Galway Education Centre and subsequently acted as an advisor for “Mathletes”/“LearnStorm Ireland” – the national maths competition. Introduced technology and coding to the school and with the students won the technology award at Galway Science and Technology Festival three times.
Kate Murray – Director
Kate Murray is Principal Teacher in St. Augustine’s National School, Clontuskert. Kate is especially interested in robotics and coding and mentors both FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior. Clontuskert is the Pioneer School in Ireland for FLL Junior in Ireland. Kate’s love of STEM led to the Aviator of the Future program, a partnership between Galway Education Centre and the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida. She is a Global Learning Ambassador for projects such as Climate Action, Human Differences(and the Innovation Project.
Niall McCormick – Director
A graduate of engineering in NUI Galway, Niall co-founded Colmac Robotics, an award-winning educational technology company, and worked with educational institutes, industry and philanthropic organisations across Ireland for five years. As part of this role, he has been part of the management team for the SAP FIRST LEGO League Ireland and EA Robot Games Ireland competitions. He currently has returned to NUI Galway to study Medicine.
Dr Thomas Roche – Director
Thomas graduated from the University of Limerick in 1989 completeing a degree in Production Engineering. In the same year he decided to persue a masters degree in an Applied Research Project with Tretorn in Portlaoise in the area of high speed computer vision for high speed industrial component manipulation. In his work here he developed special optical sensors and for data fusion with computer vision for the specialist application. In 1991 (after completing his Masters in Engineering by research) Roche joined Athlone Institute of Technology as a full time lecturer. Late in 1991 he moved to Galway Mayo Institute of Technology where he became course co-coordinator for the degree program in Manufacturing Technology. In 1996 Roche commenced a Ph.D. in the area of design tools and methodologies for computer aided design – particularly relating to design for x practices. Whilst completing this work Roche supervised a significant level of research at the Institute supervising masters students. After completing his Ph.D. in September of 1999 Roche became Head of Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at GMIT. He stood down from his position in September of 2001 to pursue a significant research role and to work with large multinational companies such as jaguar Nortel Motorola in the area of software tool development for Design for Environment. Roche has been invited consultant to AMT Ireland, Kaiste University in Korea and NUI Galway and has completed work for these institutions over the last three years.
– Eimear Coogan Director
Eimear graduated from St Patrick’s College Drumcondra with a honours B.Ed degree in 2013, before returning to Galway City to begin her teaching career. Working in Galway Educate Together NS, Eimear is passionate about making learning enjoyable and accessible for all, and is particularly interested in providing opportunities for skills-based learning in the classroom. Eimear worked as part of a small group of teachers to coordinate and run the MATHletes Ireland Provincial and National competitions in association with Khan Academy, before working to further develop the initiative, under the new name of Learnstorm Ireland.
Declan McAndrew – Director
Declan McAndrew is Vice President of Connectivity and serves as a member of the Thermo King Executive Leadership Team. Declan leads a multi-disciplinary international organization comprising of product managers, engineering professionals, data scientists, IT professionals, and customer support professionals delivering products and services that are essential to the efficient operation of Thermo King customers in the transport business. Declan joined Ingersoll Rand in 2015 during the acquisition of Celtrak Ltd, a leading provider of telematics and Fleet Management solutions, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer. During his time at Celtrak he held various roles of increasing responsibility including Engineering Management, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Declan also held various technical roles at Apple in Cupertino, California and at Nortel Networks mobile telecommunications in Galway, Ireland. Declan is a strong advocate for the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. At Celtrak, he established a student work experience program encouraging Transition year students in Ireland to explore career paths in computer science and electronic engineering. He has also mentored teams in the First Lego League and the CanSat Ireland competition. Declan holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the University of Limerick.