Principal: Ciarán Hartigan has been involved in school management for many years, and has extensive experience in a variety of educational roles. Having taught for over ten years at one of south Dublin’s most well-regarded fee-paying schools, he has liaised with staff, students and parents in a number of different managerial positions. He has served as a teacher representative on the Board of Management, which received a glowing report from the Department of Education Inspectorate following a whole-school evaluation. He has also held the positions of Transition Year Coordinator and, most recently, Year Head. Drawing on the experience he gained in these different roles, he seeks to motivate students to attain the balance between academic achievement and personal wellbeing, the hallmark of the successful student. Ciarán is also one of our English teachers at The Academy, having both taught and examined Leaving Certificate English for over 15 years.
Deputy Principal: Séadhan de Poire joined The Academy as a teacher in 2017 and was appointed to the role of Deputy Principal in February 2019. Séadhan is a fluent Irish speaker who qualified from UCD with a B.A. in Honours Irish before he went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in NUIG through Irish. Séadhan’s mix of enthusiasm, passion and drive make him an excellent leader. In the past he has served as a head of subject department and sat on the Board of Management. His leadership experience began with running Summer Gaeltacht courses and leading school and adult groups on immersion projects to Africa. As a leader at the Academy, he places a huge emphasis on creating a welcoming, student-led environment where all students experience a strong sense of active participation and belonging. He is also an established author and has worked as an examiner with the State Examinations Commission.
Founder: Chris Lauder is a 3rd generation entrepreneur and understands what it takes to build a successful organisation from the ground up. From an early age, Chris was immersed in a business-focused environment and was taught the utmost importance of providing top quality service to customers. This is a mantra that is at the core of ‘The Academy‘. Chris also holds a degree in Civil Engineering from UCD. In 2016, he was featured in the Irish Independent’s ’30 under 30’, a national publication profiling the country’s top business people under the age of 30. He was also a finalist in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in 2016.
Admissions Director: Dawn McCarron joined The Academy in 2012 as the school’s first ever employee. Now, as Admissions Director, Dawn is in charge of meeting all prospective students to ensure we only enrol students who are driven to achieve fulfilment both academically and beyond. Her expertise, grounded by a passion for education and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives, enables her to thrive on building strong nurturing relationships with her students by providing them with every possible opportunity to excel. Dawn also has over five years’ experience working in both TV media and communications fields which have been instrumental in moulding the culture at The Academy today. Dawn holds a B.A in Economics and Politics from UCD and a Master’s in Public Relations from DIT.
Director of Operations: Chris O’Brien joined the Academy team in 2012. In that time he has become an integral member of the management team. Chris has applied his background in Business Management and Project Management, combined with his years of experience managing the grinds school, to playing a key role in founding the full-time school in September 2018. He is also a member of the Board of Management and is a key decision maker within the school. Chris is a natural leader and team player having played rugby at an AIL level for almost a decade.
Administration Manager: Liz Carey joined the Academy team in 2016 as a member of our Administration team. Holding an Honours Degree in B.Sc (Mgmt) from Trinity College, Liz has several years experience working in UCD, DIT and WIT. Liz in now our Full-Time School Administration Manager and the main point of contact for all 5th and 6th Year parents and students.