Our People


Andrew Brownlee
Andrew Brownlee was appointed SOLAS CEO in August 2019 following an open competition.

Andrew was Executive Director for Strategy and Knowledge at SOLAS since January 2018, where he played a key role in putting in place a strategic performance framework for the further education and training (FET) system, in implementing reforms to support a more integrated system and in developing an ambitious, new five year strategy for the further education and training sector.

Andrew joined SOLAS from the Higher Education Authority. Prior to joining the public sector, Andrew had a long and distinguished career in management consultancy.

Executive Directors

Skills and Development
Mary-Liz Trant

Conor J. Dunne

Strategy and Knowledge
Ciaran Conlon


Communications and Secretariat

National Programme Innovation / CPD and Workforce Development
Mary Lyons

Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning
Alan McGrath

Strategy, Research and Evaluation
Shauna Dunlop

FET Active Inclusion
Roisin Doherty

FET Planning and Investment
Ciaran Conlon

Organisational Development and Support
Moira Walsh

Gerard Gasparro

Niall Igoe

Patrick Kivlehan

Construction Services and FET CAPEX
Ray Kelly