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Speakers and Facilitators

Workshop 1 - The 4 Ws & 1 H of inclusiveness and Distributed Leadership

Prof Agnes Sarolta Fazekas: ELTE Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary

Prof Catherine Comiskey: TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Sonam Prakashini Banka-Cullen: TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery

Prof Fintan Sheerin: TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery


Agnes Sarolta Fazekas

Click here for Biography Prof Agnes Sarolta Fazekas

Agnes Sarolta Fazekas (she/her) is an assistant professor at the Eötvös Loránd University Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs Education in Budapest, Hungary. Since 2019, Agnes has been the leader of the Work Package 6 Inclusiveness of the CHARM-EU Alliance. ( Agnes has been elected as a member of the EAIE General Council 2020-2022. In this role, Agnes supports inclusive approaches that the EAIE will successfully change the higher education landscape. She has been the chair of the EAIE Expert Community Access and Diversity 2018-2020. She completed her PhD research on access & inclusion of people with disabilities in Higher Education. Agnes holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy. She has acquired an extensive list of additional skills throughout her education and international professional experiences in inclusive education, focusing on Universal Design Educational Models, social inclusion, diversity, disability, and Human Rights Education. She worked as an external adviser for the Erasmus+ Higher Education Working Group on mobility for people with disabilities between 2015-2017. Since 2014, she has worked as a programming team member and trainer with the Council of Europe Youth Department on several study sessions.

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Click here for Biography Prof Catherine Comiskey

Professor Catherine Comiskey is  Professor in Healthcare Modelling and  Statistics at Trinity College Dublin.  She holds a PhD in biostatistics, biomathematics and epidemiology. She was appointed as the Academic Director of the CHARM-EU Project (CHallenge driven Accessible, Research led, Mobile, European University)  ( in October 2020 and is the Chair of the International Academic Board and Academic Director of the Master’s Program on Global Challenges for Sustainability.   Her research is in epidemiology and addiction. She is also the Chair of the EU’s Scientific Committee of the EMCDDA, Lisbon (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction) and ministerial appointed academic expert to the Irish National Drug Strategy Implementation Committee. She is the former Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery 2014-2017, Acting Head from Oct 2019-March 2020, Director of Research from 2008-2012 and Inaugural Director and Founder of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation 2012-2014. She is the sole author of the book, ‘Addiction Debates’ published by Sage UK in 2020 and author of over 130 papers.

Click here for Biography Dr Sonam Prakashini Banka-Cullen

Dr Sonam Prakashini Banka-Cullen is a psychologist and data analyst working as a research fellow and project manager at Trinity College Dublin. Dr Banka has special interests in health psychology, service and intervention evaluation, child mental health and physical health, depression, obesity, and substance use.

Click here for Biography Prof Fintan Sheerin

Professor Fintan Sheerin - PhD MA BSc PgDipEd RNID RGN RNT FEANS FNI MRSB is Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin, where he has taught for 16 years. He is registered in both intellectual disability and general nursing, and his research has largely focused on engagement, mental health and well-being, seeking to address the issues which impact both. He has explored intellectual disability across the areas of health, social care and rights and has worked with communities in various parts of the world. He has published widely, spoken at many international conferences, has edited one book and contributed several others. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and of NANDA International

Lecture -Nobody in charge: how does that work?

Prof David A. Buchanan BA PhD FRSA Chartered FCIPD FBAM FAcSS
Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Cranfield University School of Management


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David is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Cranfield University School of Management, and Visiting Professor at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. He works as a freelance speaker and author, specializing in change management and organization politics. He is author/co-author of over two dozen books, including Unconventional Methodology in Organization and Management Research (with Alan Bryman, 2018), Organizational Behaviour (with Andrzej Huczynski; tenth edition 2019), and Managing Organizational Change: A Multiple Perspectives Approach (with Ian Palmer and Richard Dunford, fourth edition 2021). He has also written numerous book chapters and articles on organizational behaviour, change, politics, and research methods. Current interests include the use of ‘extreme fiction’ in research, and in leadership and management development.


Workshop 2 - Implementing Distributed Leadership in practice: models, enablers and barriers

Prof Ruth Northway OBE, Prof of Learning Disability Nursing, University of South Wales

Prof Elizabeth A. Curtis: TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery

Prof Siobhan Corrigan: TCD School of Psychology


Click here for Biography Prof Ruth Northway

Ruth Northway is Professor of Learning (Intellectual) Disability Nursing at the University of South Wales. Her role involves research and research leadership as well as teaching on pre and post registration nursing programmes. Her research interests are focused on the health and well-being of people with intellectual disabilities and the use of participatory research approaches. She has held a number of leadership positions and has contributed several chapters to books regarding leadership.

Click here for Biography Prof Elizabeth A. Curtis

Elizabeth is a member of the academic team in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Her research and publications focus on leadership, job satisfaction, management and research methods with particular emphasis on distributed leadership (DL) in healthcare. Recent publications include Quantitative Health Research: Issues and Methods (Lead editor 2013), Leadership and Change for the Health Professional (Lead editor 2017), Leadership for Intellectual Disability Service: Motivating Change and Improvement (Second-editor 2019) and Distributed Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare: Theory, Evidence and Development (Lead editor 2021). Eight years ago Elizabeth set up a Leadership Network to promote and expand work on distributed leadership in nursing.

Click her for Biography Prof Siobhan Corrigan

Assistant Professor Siobhán Corrigan is Director of the postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Managing Risk and System Change ( and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS), School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin ( Siobhán lectures in areas of Organisational Behaviour, Psychology of Work, Leadership, Human Factors, & Research Methods. Professor Corrigan has substantial experience in action research, co-design and qualitative methods in the health sector. Current research in the health sector involves the implementation of strategies to reduce the risk of foreign object retention and developing an evidence-based intervention programme designed to reduce overall caesarean section rates. She has substantial experience in leading and participating in high profile EU funded research projects over the past twenty years and has published widely in her field.