Our Trustees

Bernie Cullinan

Chair of Finance Committee of the DCU Educational Trust


Bernie is CEO of Pragma, a company providing HR and strategic business solutions for companies in the small and medium enterprise sector in Ireland and overseas. Bernie is also a non-executive director of Crest Solutions, an Irish company selling packaging control solutions into the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, a non-executive director of Each & Other, a strategic design company and is the Deputy Chairperson of Science Foundation Ireland.

Prior to Pragma, Bernie was CEO of Clarigen, and earlier SteelTrace. In these roles, Bernie has played a key role in driving growth through sales and acquisition. Bernie has held challenging roles driving business growth within organisations, in some cases, coming from a troubled business base, delivering significant results in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Bernie is also a past Chairperson of the Irish Software Association (ISA), the representative body of the technology sector in Ireland and a past President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in Ireland. Bernie has a BComm and an MBA from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Bernie’s engagement with the DCU Access Programme led to her joining the DCU Educational Trust Council of Trustees in 2010.