Key Team Members

Gareth Lee Manager, Screen Training Ireland

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.

Criona Sexton Communications Executive

Criona is the Communication Executive at Screen Training Ireland.  She is responsible for all communication and digital marketing 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.

Criona Sexton can be contacted on 00 353 1 6775307
E: criona.sexton@screentrainingireland.ie

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Grainne Bennett Training Executive, Creativity and Creative Collaborations

Grainne is the Creativity and Creative Collaborations Executive at Screen Training Ireland.  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.

Grainne can be contacted on
E: grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie

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.

Susanne can be contacted on 00 353 1 6775304
E: Susanne.cassells@screentrainingireland.ie

Emer MacAvin Apprenticeship and Traineeship Executive

Emer is the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Executive 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 Live Action, Animation and VFX Production.

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.

Emer MacAvin can be contacted on 00 353 1 6775302
E: emer.macavin@screentrainingireland

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