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Meet our Graduate Award Winners who have successfully attained their IPMA® Certification.
Stephen graduated from NUIG with a first-class honours degree – BSc Financial Mathematics and Economics. He also has an MSc in Quantitative Finance (1.1) from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School. He currently works with Rockall Technologies as a project manager with responsibility for delivering collateral management software to banks.
Prior to that, he worked for 7 years in a financial consultant capacity with Murex, in Dublin and France. He has experience working through the entire life cycle of a client implementation or software development project using both Agile and Waterfall methodologies.
Sorsha graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2002. She also has a Diploma in Tax Policy and Practice (2016).
She is currently employed in the Department of Finance in the Tax Policy Division and her duties here involve briefing the Minister and senior management on tax and State aid matters, and developing and implementing tax policy changes with successful execution through the Finance Bill legislative programme. She has also worked in the areas of Financial Services Division, and Economic and Budget Division.
Prior to moving to the Department of Finance, she was with the Internal and EU Audit Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Her initial engagement with the public sector was as a Trainee Auditor at the Office of the Controller and Auditor General.
Her professional qualifications include Associate Membership of the Institute in Taxation Ireland (Second in Ireland in May 2017 Final Exams) and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (First in Ireland in June 2005 Final Exams).
As a communications consultant, Brona has devised, implemented and directed public relations and promotional strategies for a wide range of corporate and consumer clients.
After many years working in agencies, Brona ventured out on her own and now freelances on diverse projects. The most challenging environment, but very rewarding, has been her consultant role in Haiti where she launched and continues to direct all aspects of the Digicel Entrepreneur of the Year programme.
Prior to starting the Certified Diploma in Project Management course, Alice’s career was largely in marketing roles. The core of her roles involved the delivery of various campaigns, which were of varying complexity and often challenging timelines.
So while not formally project management, the integration of various campaign elements and involvement of both internal and external stakeholders, meant that Alice was delivering projects that were resource, time and budget specific.
Alice now works in a dedicated project management role in the sales side of the organisation. The course has equipped me with both the confidence and toolkit to bring influence upon both the overall strategic direction and the prioritisation of specific initiatives.