Our Team

Jim Canavan

CEO

Jim Canavan currently serves as Interim CEO of DCU Educational Trust. In this role, Jim is responsible for the overall strategy and future development of the Educational Trust. An accountant by training, Jim has over 40 years of extensive business experience across a wide range of industries including pharmaceutical, medical, life sciences and not-for-profit.

Plunkett Tormay

Head of Finance

Plunkett Tormay joined the DCU Educational Trust in April 2014. As Head of Finance Plunkett has responsibility for all financial aspects of DCUET. His role includes the preparation of management accounts, budgets and year end financial statements for the Trust.

Jason Sherlock, Associate Director, DCU Educational Trust

Jason Sherlock

Director of Development

Jason Sherlock joined the DCU Educational Trust team in March 2018. As Director of Development Jason is responsible for developing and implementing the Trust’s overall fundraising strategy.

Ms Claire Whelehan-Pettibone

Director of Philanthropy

Claire Whelehan joined the DCU Educational Trust in September 2005. Her current role as Director of Philanthropy is to develop and maintain a portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation relationships. Claire works closely with the Chief Executive to further the mission and objectives of the university through external funding and offers guidance in establishing and implementing a wide range of advancement policies and procedures.

Pat Edmondson

Associate Director

Pat Edmondson joined DCU Educational Trust in August 2016. Her role as Associate Director focuses on the development, cultivation and stewarding of a portfolio of both individual and corporate relationships.

Sabina Cotter

Associate Director

Sabina joined DCU Educational Trust in March 2019 as an Associate Director. Her role as an Associate Director focuses on the development, cultivation and stewarding of a portfolio of corporate and foundation relationships. Prior to joining DCUET she was Head of Grants and Programmes with the Irish Youth Foundation.

Georgina Garford

Prospect Research Manager

Georgina Garford joined the DCU Educational Trust in June 2013. As Prospect Research Manager, Georgina is responsible for identifying and researching potential major gift donors including alumni, individuals, corporations and foundations.

Sheena McLoughlin

Campaign Projects Manager

Sheena McLoughlin joined DCU Educational Trust in December 2017. As Campaign Projects Manager, Sheena plays a key role in DCU’s Shaping The Future Campaign, the university’s €100m drive to raise funds for more than 20 pioneering and inspirational projects to transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement

Sinead Murphy

Communications Manager

Sinéad Murphy joined the DCU Educational Trust in January 2017. As Communications Manager, she is responsible for the development and implementation of communications strategy to promote the vision of the organisation and its role in support of the University’s strategic objectives.

Nina Johnson

Executive PA to CEO

Nina joined the DCU Educational Trust in March 2017 as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. She is a key representative of the CEO and the DCU Educational Trust within the university as well as to friends and supporters of the organisation.

Tara Byrne, Office Assistant, DCU Educational Trust

Tara Byrne

Office Assistant

Tara Byrne joined the DCU Educational Trust team in March 2018. As Office Assistant, Tara provides general secretarial, administrative and event delivery support to ensure the smooth running of the Trust’s day to day operations.

Sinéad Finnegan

Communications & Events Executive

Sinéad Finnegan joined the DCU Educational Trust in August 2018. As Communications and Events Executive she is responsible for supporting the Communications and Events Managers with the development and implementation of all communications and events carried out by the Trust.