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Partners and People Involved


Partner : The University of Limerick, represented by:

Marie Connolly : Project Leader

Marie Connolly is a HR manager at the University of Limerick, she is also the Athena Swan co-ordinator, from which the University of Limerick holds a bronze award.

Christine Cross : Principal Investigator

Dr. Christine Cross is a senior lecturer in the Department of Personnel and Employment Relations, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. Her main research interests are in the area of diversity in the workplace, women in management, investigating the work experiences of immigrants and ageing and the workplace. 

Caroline Murphy : Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Caroline Murphy is a researcher at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. She holds an MA and a PhD (2012) from the University of Limerick. Caroline is a former IRRT research scholar and her research interests include gender equality, work-life balance, precarious work and employee representation.

Maureen Keogh : Project Administrator

Maureen is an organisational change administrator at the University of Limerick and also part of the Athena Swan program at the University.

Tommy Foy

Tommy Foy is the HR Director at the University of Limerick


Partner : Cranfield University, represented by:

Susan Vinnicombe

Susan Vinnicombe CBE, is a Professor of Women and Leadership. Her particular research interests are gender diversity on corporate boards, women’s leadership styles and the issues involved in women developing their managerial careers. Susan’s research at Cranfield University is unique in Europe with its focus on women leaders and her annual Female FTSE Report is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK. Susan has been elected as Fellow of the British Academy of Management and has been honoured by The International Alliance of Women (TIAW), who awarded Susan the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award 2013, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the economic empowerment of women. Susan was a member of the Davies Steering Committee and is now a member of the Advisory Board of Sir Philip Hampton/Dame Helen Alexander’s review on the lack of women in the executive pipeline. Susan is Vice Patron of the charity Working Families. Susan was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2005 and a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014 for services to gender equality.


Anne Laure Humbert

 Anne initially studied Mathematics and Statistics at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, followed by a Ph.D in Statistics, Gender and Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University London and Visiting Scholar in several European universities. Anne also worked at EU level, with the European Institute for Gender Equality, on the development of the Gender Equality Index and on the research reports monitoring selected critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Deirdre Anderson

Deirdre a Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour in the International Centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield University. Her research interests include flexibility, work and family, gendered careers and the challenges faced by senior professionals in meeting demands from both the work and non-work domains.  In all of her work, she seeks to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion, challenging the often unconscious processes which can limit individual actions and organizational practices.


Partner : Ibec, represented by:

Kara McGann

Dr Kara McGann is a Senior Policy Executive with Ibec responsible for the area of labour market policy. Kara joined Ibec in 2008 having worked for a number of years as an organisational psychologist and human resources manager in industry and lecturing at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive level in leadership, organisational behaviour and change. Kara provides advice and support and develops policy with employers on various issues including diversity, mental health and labour market activation. She represents Irish employers in Europe on the European Social Fund Committee and nationally on Skillnets. Kara holds a PhD in Psychology from University College Dublin and a MBS in Management and Organisation Studies from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business.


Partner: Dell, represented by:

Judith Browne

Judith Browne is Program Management Director at Dell. She was also the overall winner of the Microsoft-sponsored WMB Woman in Technology Award in 2011.

Una McDermott

Una McDermott currently leads a team of HR Advisors at Dell across UK, Ireland, Germany and Eastern Europe with responsibility for answering Team Member and Leader queries while managing Employee Relations and the upkeep of policies in accordance with local legislation. In addition, she leads and participates in a number of Regional and Global strategic HR Projects. Previously she has held a number of HR positions including HR Manager for Dell Limerick Campus, Learning and Development Manager and HRG/ HR Business Partnering roles. Una has taken an active interest in the Diversity agenda at Dell and has co-led the establishment  of the Connecting Women in Technology chapter for the Mid West of Ireland. Una holds a BSc in Sociology from University of Ulster and a Dip in Personnel Practice and Dip in Management through the University of Limerick.


Partner: Abertay University, represented by:

Eilidh Fraser

Eilidh Fraser is the Director of HR & Organisational Development at Abertay University and has responsibility for the strategic leadership of Abertay’s HR function and for taking a lead in the University’s development as an organisation.  Prior to joining Abertay, she was Deputy Director of HR for the University of Edinburgh.  Eilidh has a major role in promoting equality within her organisations and externally.  She has been a member of the League of European Research Universities’ Gender Equality Group and established and chaired the Athena SWAN Scottish Network from 2012 to 2015.  She is currently an Athena SWAN panellist and the liaison contact between the Scottish Universities’ Directors of HR group and the Equality Challenge Unit.  Eilidh has an MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and a Post-graduate Diploma in HR Management from Napier Polytechnic. 


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The overarching aim of GEM is to bring together decision makers and policy influencers to create a best guide for organisations on strategies to achieve gender balance in key decision-making roles.


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