Joan Donegan was appointed General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in 2017. With over 20 years comprehensive knowledge of industrial relations procedures and employment law, Joan Donegan brings a wealth of experience to IFUT. Joan is also a qualified Mediator with a practicing certificate from the Mediation Institute of Ireland and has an Honours M.A. from Maynooth University in Mediation and Conflict Intervention Studies. She is currently continuing her studies for a PhD with the Education Department at Maynooth University.
Former General Secretary
Mike Jennings served as General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) from 2007 to 2017. He is also a former member of the Executive Council of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. He serves as European Treasurer / Vice President of ETUCE, the European Region of Education International. He is also a member of the advisory group on International Co-operation established by the European Higher Education Area as part of the Bologna Process
Deputy General Secretary
Frank has been recruiting and organising workers into trade unions for the past 20 years. In this time he has built an expertise in individual and collective bargaining across both public and private sectors. In recent years Frank has specialised in collective bargaining across the multi-national sector, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry and in doing so has built links with trade unions across Europe through the various Federations operating in this arena. While doing this Frank has continued to represent members individually on industrial relations and rights issues including disability matters.
Phyllis Russell has been Office Manager/Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers since 23 January 1984. From 1973 to 1984 Phyllis worked for Dorene Limited and Doreen Holdings Limited and from 1961 to 1973 with the Cahill Group of Companies which incorporated Cahill Printers (Government Printers), C J Fallon Limited - School book Publishers, Irish Litho Studies Limited and Irish University Press Limited.
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