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Abbie McKenna

As Assistant Director, Membership (Ireland), Abbie works closely with higher education institutions across the island of Ireland to understand their strategic drivers, and support them in developing leadership capacity through a range of consultancy, research and leadership initiatives. Recognising the national higher education agenda in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is key to sustaining partnerships, which create value for all stakeholders.

Abbie is Regional Learning & Development Manager for Ulster University and joined the Leadership Foundation in 2017 on a part time basis. She has over 14 years’ experience in higher education spanning both professional services and university teaching. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Association of University Administrators, holds a Master of Public Administration with Distinction and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice. Abbie’s previous experience includes four years in Bank of Scotland where she was a Chartered Banker and held project management roles across Business Banking.


Date & Time:

17th June 2019
09:45 - 11:00


Hall 2a

Mentoring in Practice

The purpose of this session is to examine three different models of mentoring scheme and consider the value, impact and practicalities of each one. Abbie McKenna supports the women-only Aurora leadership initiative across the island of Ireland, and will discuss the role, impact and benefits of mentorship, a key element of participants’ development.   The Aurora […]

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Speakers: Ann Charlett-Day, Tony Roche, Abbie McKenna
Theme: Guest session
Level: Open to all