Key Team Members

Gareth Lee Skills Development Manager

Prior to joining Screen Training Ireland, Gareth worked at Ballyfermot College of Further Education for 16 years running the Animation degree programme for 5 of those years and more recently establishing and running the diploma programme in 3D & Visual Effects, the first programme of its kind in Ireland. Gareth is also the manager of Animation Skillnet, a part government-funded training entity that delivers subsidised, flexible, bespoke and industry-focused training solutions for the Animation and related sectors in Ireland. Gareth has a proven track record of working with key industry stakeholders to deliver successful work-based training initiatives for the sector, including the Bridge Programme, the Animation & VFX Graduate Traineeship programme and the Animation Hub initiative which produced the IFTA nominated short animation ‘The Last Train’. Gareth is a graduate of TCD, DCU and DIT with a BA in English, an MSc in Multimedia and an MA in Music Technology.

Grainne Bennett Skills Development Executive – Creativity and Creative Collaboration

Grainne is the Skills Development Executive – Creativity and Creative Collaboration.  She has developed and managed a broad slate of training initiatives and programmes designed to provide professionals in all the sectors of the screen industries with opportunities to explore and develop their creativity and talents.  Prior to joining Screen Training Ireland, Grainne worked in television commercials across a broad range of live action, VFX and animation projects. A graduate of TCD and the EAVE Programme she holds a Degree in Communications, a European Postgraduate Certificate in Audiovisual Production and a Diploma in Training and Education.

Fran Keaveney Skills Development Executive – Film and TV Drama Production

Fran Keaveney is the Skills Development Executive – Film and TV Drama Production at Screen Skills Ireland, working closely with industry guilds, heads of department, crew and producers to address gaps in skills and competencies and address future skills requirements. Fran returned to Ireland in 1991, having spent four years in Australia, and was the first production manager on the TG4 soap ‘Ros na Rún’ until joining the Irish Film Board in 2000 where she worked as Production Manger initially and then Short Films Executive for eight years. She has continued to work on a consultancy basis with Screen Ireland since her departure in 2012. She has tutored at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUIG since 2007 and is an assessor with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland since 2013.

Sharon O’Hara Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Sharon is the Marketing & Communications Coordinator for Screen Training Ireland. She is responsible for marketing Screen Training Ireland’s skills development initiatives through various communication channels. Sharon has worked as a digital media producer for the past 6 years, primarily in the digital media and digital marketing space – creating content for pre-school properties like Peppa Pig and PJ Masks, managing social media and website content, and implementing marketing and digital campaigns at media companies like Entertainment One, Sony Pictures Television and Hachette UK.

 

Sorcha Scully Animation, VFX & Games Coordinator

Sorcha is theAnimation, VFX & Games Coordinator for Screen Training Ireland. She is responsible for the roll out of training and skills development activities across animation, VFX, AR/VR and gaming. Sorcha previously worked as a Sales Executive for Monster Entertainment, a brand management company which develops animated series and distributes them worldwide. While working at Monster Entertainment, Sorcha was an active member of the team and attended MIPCOM and MIPTV to showcase the companies exciting catalogue of animation for all ages from pre-school, through to animation for adults, including; Oscar winning, Oscar nominated and Emmy award winning animation. Sorcha holds a BA (Honours) Degree in English, Media & Cultural Studies from the Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire.

Criona Sexton Skills Development Executive – TV Non Fiction

Criona is the Skills Development Executive – TV Non Fiction at Screen Training Ireland. As part of her work in Screen Training Ireland Criona has developed a range of key training interventions, organised industry networking events and devised a strategic communications plan for the organisation. Criona holds a HND in Film Operations and Production, a Diploma in Training and Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing.

Susanne Cassells Finance Executive

Susanne is responsible for maintaining financial, accounting, administrative services including online financial services in line with current Finance Policy and Procedures in Screen Training Ireland.  Other duties involve the monitoring of budgets and reporting to the Financial Controller and DCEO & CEO. Susanne holds a BA in Business Management and a Diploma in Training and Education.

Emer MacAvin Skills Development Executive – Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Emer is the Skills Development Executive – Apprenticeships & Traineeships at Screen Training Ireland.  As part of her work in Screen Training Ireland, Emer develops work based learning initiatives and training interventions with industry across apprenticeships and traineeships. Prior to joining Screen Training Ireland Emer worked in the film industry for over 16 years as set Decorator / Production Buyer. Emer holds a BA in Training and Education and a Certificate in Training and continuing Education.