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Chief Executive Officer, UCC Academy

We recently managed the appointment of Chief Executive Officer to the leadership team of UCC Academy Board of Directors. Please go to Current Opportunities to discover our latest assignments.

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UCC Academy DAC is a not-for-profit subsidiary company of University College Cork (UCC). The Academy was established in 2014 as UCC’s in-house consultancy and operates on a commercial basis. With over 40 employees, it provides a range of services in areas including Programme Management & Change Management, Creative Services and International Relationship Management. While the Academy’s principal client base is within the University, it is also a partner with UCC in a range of consortiums for national and international projects with other higher education institutions, research institutes and public bodies. In common with all of UCC’s subsidiaries, the Academy will shortly embark on a strategic planning exercise, closely informed by the recently published UCC Strategic Plan, 2023 – 2028: Securing Our Future.


UCC Academy Board of Directors (the Board) wishes to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer to lead and manage the next phase of the Academy’s evolution. Reporting to the Board, the CEO will be responsible for the operations and overall performance of the Company. The appointed person will provide organisational leadership and will design and implement innovative strategic and operational plans to achieve UCC Academy’s vision. The successful candidate will ensure delivery of the commercial objectives of the company, the efficient running of all operations, and positive, proactive alignment and collaboration with Academy’s parent, University College Cork.


The ideal candidate for this position will have a background in leading a services-based enterprise. The appointed person will have a strong track record of strategy development and delivery in a commercially successful setting. He / She will have the capability to build solid, credible working relationships with individuals and groups at all levels, internally and externally. In addition to being an excellent leader of people, the appointee will be a clear decision maker with excellent stakeholder management and communication skills across all channels. A relevant 3rd level qualification is required (minimum Level 8), with an additional business management qualification preferred.

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