CMIT Tutors and Staff

Meet the Team

Established in 2004, CMIT is a leading provider of certified/accredited elearning and distance learning education in Ireland. Our mission is to provide the opportunity for people to gain a recognised qualification in the most convenient and flexible way possible – distance and online learning. CMIT Distance Learning courses are externally accredited and provide learners with the opportunity to gain a recognised award for successful completion of the stipulated assessment. Our Tutors are carefully selected as experts in their fields with extensive educational qualifications and practical experience. The role of CMIT Tutors is to correct assessments and to provide advice and support to students.


Sinead O’Connor – Student Services Director

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Sinead O’Connor is Student Services Director with CMIT with wide-ranging experience in managing accredited training environments in Ireland. Sinead is responsible for all student services in the college and the day to day management of operations. Her educational qualifications are:

  • Diploma in Marketing, Marketing Institute of Ireland
  • Certificate in Marketing, Marketing Institute of Ireland
  • Certified Trainer, QQI Level 6 Award

Seán O’Connor MSc (Hons), MA (Hons), BSc (Hons) – Managing Director and Tutor

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Seán O’Connor is Managing Director with CMIT and a Business Tutor. He has over 15 year’s experience in senior eCommerce roles with large corporates. He has advised companies such as Axa, 123.ie and KBC on online strategy, digital marketing, social media and eCommerce. He is a Qualified Adwords Professional and a Google Partner. He has tutored and lectured at the undergraduate level – including programmes which lead to QQI and Marketing Institute of Ireland awards. His qualifications are:

  • Masters Degree in Digital Marketing (Hons), University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Masters Degree in Management Science (Hons), Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Bachelor of Management Science Degree (Hons), Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Advanced Management Programme, Irish Management Institute
  • Advanced Diploma in Marketing Techniques, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
  • Diploma in Marketing, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
  • Certificate in Marketing, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
  • Certificate in Education and Training, NUI, Maynooth

 Claire Fannin BSc (Hons) – Education Director and Tutor

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Claire Fannin is Education Director and a Business tutor with wide-ranging experience in managing accredited training environments in Ireland. She is responsible for co-ordinating CMIT’s quality assurance programme and has worked as a training quality assurance manager – verifying and assuring QQI and other accredited programs. She also tutors in management and marketing programmes. Her qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Management Science (Hons), Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Certified Trainer, QQI Level 6 Award

Dr Wendy Jane Rowan-Button PhD, MA, BSc (Hons) Psych – Psychology and Counselling Tutor

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Dr Wendy Rowan-Button has extensive experience in Psychology and Organisational Behaviour in Ireland and the UK with over 15 years experience as a practising Organisational Psychologist and Lecturer. She is also qualified Psychiatric Nursing Sister with over 10 years experience and has also written extensively on her area of expertise for leading publications. Her educational qualifications are:

  • PhD, University of Salford
  • Masters Degree in Organisational Analysis and Behaviour, Lancaster University
  • Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Psychology, Bolton Institute of Higher Education

Orlagh Deegan MSc, BSc, DipEd – Business and Management Tutor

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Orlagh Deegan graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a Masters in Business and Entrepreneurship. Coming from a hospitality background Orlagh also has previous experience in the area of recruitment management and professional business services. With an interest in the education sector, she returned to college gaining a Professional Diploma in Education and is now in pursuit of a career in tutoring and lecturing. Her educational qualifications are::

  • MSc Business and Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • BSc Hotel and Restaurant Management, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Professional Diploma in Education, National University of Ireland

Emma Mullins MA, HDip, BA – Business and Management Tutor

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Emma Mullins is an experienced business professional with over 10 years’ experiences in a number of different business areas including Banking, Human Resources and Business Consulting and Mentoring. She graduated with a Degree from Waterford Institute of Technology and has since continued to progress in her education, gaining a Higher Diploma in Business Management, a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management and an MSc in Business, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise. Emma is currently providing consultancy services to start-up organisations. Her educational qualifications are:

  • MSc in Business, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise, Waterford IT
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Sligo IT
  • HDip in Business Management, Waterford IT
  • BA Business Studies in Human Resource Management, Waterford IT

Jackie Breen BA, Solicitor – Criminology and Mediation Tutor

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Jackie Breen is a practising Solicitor in Dublin. She is widely experienced and has held positions both in Private Practice and as an In-house lawyer. She is also a qualified Life and Business Coach and practices in areas of one-to-one coaching, career coaching and business coaching. She has significant experience in facilitating learning both in Legal and Corporate environments. Her educational qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal and Business Studies, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Diploma in Personal and Business Coaching, Irish Lifecoach Institute
  • National Diploma In Business Studies – Export Law, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • National Certificate in Financial Services, Institute of Bankers in Ireland

Gemma Healy MA, BA – Childcare Tutor

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Gemma Healy is an experienced Childcare Professional with over 7 years’ experience in childcare, five of which are management roles. Gemma is passionate about the delivery of quality early years services and actively engages in continuing professional development to update her knowledge of new and emergent trends in the industry. She graduated with a Degree from Carlow Institute of Technology and is currently undertaking a Masters in Child Youth and Family Studies. Gemma is currently working as the Head of Montessori in a large ECCE setting. Her educational qualifications are:

  • MA in Child Youth and Family Studies (expected completion 2017)
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care, Carlow IT
  • Train the Trainer certificate
  • Level 5 and 6 Major Awards in Childcare and Education

Grainne Hartin MA (Hons), BA (Hons), H. Dip – Childcare Tutor


Grainne Hartin is an experienced childcare professional with over 12 years in the childcare industry. Grainne has experience in Recruitment and Managing Early Years Education centres both in Ireland and Internationally. She also has experience managing Early Years Centres with a specific focus on providing services for children who experience disadvantage. She graduated with a Hons. Degree from University College Dublin in Social Science and has since progressed in her education gaining an MA in Addiction Studies and an H. Dip in Early Childhood Care Education.

  • Master’s Degree in Addiction Studies, Dublin Business School
  • BA (Hons) Social Science, University College Dublin
  • HDIP Early Childhood Care and Education, St. Nicholas College
  • Certificate in Train the Trainer, FETAC Level 6 Award
  • Certificate in Special Needs Education, FETAC Level 5 Award

Maria Farrell BA (Hons) – Childcare Tutor

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Maria graduated from Carlow Institute of Technology with a BA in Early Childhood Education and Care. She has over 13 years working in wide-ranging childcare environments at various levels from childcare worker up to manager/supervisor. This experience combined with a passion for learning and education inspired Maria to complete her Train the Trainer qualification and being Tutoring accredited Childcare Programmes. Her educational qualifications are:

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care, Carlow IT
  • Train the Trainer, QQI Level 6 Award
  • QQI level 6 Certificate in Supervision in Childcare Major Award

Aisling Doyle BA (Hons)  – Childcare Tutor


Aisling Doyle is an experienced Childcare Professional with over 7 years’ experience working in wide-ranging childcare environments. Aisling has five years’ experience in Early Years Management and is currently working in a large ECCE setting with responsibility for Curriculum development and planning. She graduated with a Degree from Carlow Institute of Technology. Her educational qualifications are:

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Education and Care, Carlow IT
  • QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Certificates in Occupational, Paediatric and Anaphylaxis First Aid

James Chapman BSc (Hons) – Web Design Tutor

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James Chapman has extensive experience in IT and Web Design. A Freelance web designer he has experience designing and constructing a variety of websites ranging from charity websites to e-commerce and sales websites. James is also very experienced in IT systems and PC maintenance and repair. His knowledge and experience include:

  • B.Sc (Hons) in Computer Science, University of Manchester
  • Excellent knowledge of hypermedia and web concepts including web design, HTML and XML.
  • Experience with internet marketing and e-commerce.
  • SQL and relational database Expert.

Adele Grazi MSc, MA, BSc (Hons) – Psychology and Counselling Tutor

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Adele Grazi has extensive experience in Psychology, Counselling specifically in Addiction Counselling and has worked internationally with organisations such as the Salvation Army. Having completed an MA and MSc in Counselling Psychology and Work and Organisational Psychology respectively she is currently undertaking a PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology. Her educational qualifications are:

  • PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology (currently studying), Dublin City University (DCU)
  • MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology, Dublin City University (DCU)
  • MA in Counselling Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, USA
  • BSc Psychology, London Guildhall University, London, UK

Maria Holmes – Student Administration

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Maria Holmes is responsible for Student Admin Services at CMIT. She has wide-ranging experience in customer service and administration and her areas of responsibility at CMIT include admissions, certification and student queries.