NAPD Conference – Wednesday 11th to Friday 12th October 2023

Reimagining Leadership: Empowering the Leaders of Learning


Welcome to the NAPD Annual Conference 2023 page.

Here you will find the following information about:

  • Registering for Conference
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Draft Agenda
  • Our Annual Outing – 3 to choose from (Wednesday 11th October) further details to be published
  • Conference Venue
  • Exhibitor Plans
  • Accommodation that is currently available.
  • Our Main Conference Sponsors

If you have any queries with regards to our conference that is not covered in the above list please email:

We look forward to seeing all our School Leaders in Galway in October

Registering for Conference 2023

To register for the NAPD Annual Conference, you first must register for your NAPD Membership 2023 2024.

Even if you were a member last year you still need to register this year as this is an annual registration requirement.

Register for your NAPD Membership 2023 2024 

Once Head Office has received your registration for your new term membership, you can then register for the NAPD Conference.

Register for the NAPD Conference 2023

Please note, which is very important, you must be a fully paid NAPD Member and have your conference registration paid to be able to attend the conference. 

Keynote Speakers

Our Keynote Speakers this year:

  • Enda McNulty – CEO and Founder – McNuly Performance
  • Prof. Patricia Mannix McNamara – Faculty of Education and Health Sciences School of Education
  • Richard de Hoop -Speaker, author, entrepreneur

Enda McNulty

Enda has created a unique approach to leadership, resilience, teams and wellbeing through his learnings in sport, psychology and business.

Enda McNulty is a specialist in Performance, Leadership, Mental toughness and Culture. With 25 years of experience in coaching elite performance in areas such as sport, business, politics and performance arts, Enda is the CEO and founder of McNulty, a high-growth training and development organization. Enda played Gaelic Games at the highest level for 12 years, competing as part of highly successful sports teams. During this time, Enda testifies that he learned a huge amount about leading, team & culture, how to win and how to learn from losing.

Enda has coached and mentored many elite athletes over a 20-year career. He has worked as part of the back-room performance team to hugely successful teams and athletes, including Joe Schmidt’s Leinster and Ireland teams. On top of extensive experience in elite sport, Enda has more than 15 years of experience coaching, mentoring and facilitating enhanced performance in the Business world. In working with high-level executives in some of the leading companies around the world, such as Microsoft, Facebook, Intel and Amazon, Enda has gained invaluable experience with a diverse range of industries, cultures and leaders.

Enda specialises in coaching and mentoring in the areas of Leadership, Mindset, High Performance Teams, Creative Performance Environments, Resilience and Wellbeing, and is the author of best-selling book “Commit!”. He is also a board member of the John & Pat Hume foundation, supporting and inspiring leadership for peaceful change.

Prof. Patricia Mannix McNamara

Patricia is currently Head of the School of Education in the University of Limerick. She began her career as a post primary school teacher before completing her PhD in the examination of supervisory relationships from a critical theory perspective. Patricia teaches courses on leadership, teacher professionalism, research methods in Ireland and abroad at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Research Interests

Leadership, organizational culture, toxic leadership, workplace bullying, relationships and sexuality education (RSE), social personal and health education (SPHE), LifeSkills

Professional Activities


  • 2013 – Regional Excellence in Teaching Special Commendation
  • 2012 – Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2005 – Excellence in Teaching Award


  • 2010 University of Limerick – Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2001 University of Limerick – Master of Arts
  • 1999 University of Limerick – Graduate Diploma
  • 1992 Mater Dei Institute of Education – B.A.


  • 1999 member, International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)
  • 1999 *, Health Practice Forum (HPF) (founder member)
  • member, Educational Studies of Ireland Association


  • Univeristy of Limerick – Lecturer Social Personal and Health Education

Research Collaborators

  • – Outgoing Visitor – KU Leuven -Belgium
  • – Outgoing Visitor – KU Leuven -Belgium
  • – Outgoing Visitor – KU Leuven -Belgium
  • – Outgoing Visitor – KU Leuven -Belgium
  • – Outgoing Visitor – KU Leuven -Belgium

Richard de Hoop

Clients call him a true professional, passionate, enthusiastic, motivating, inimitable and someone who is able to communicate serious content in a light-hearted way. In short, an inspiring speaker!

Richard is an internationally popular speaker because he is a dedicated, energetic, realistic optimist. As a true “homo ludens”, he uses music as a metaphor and source of inspiration to make his message sound even better. As an entrepreneur, he has started 4 companies in HRM services since 1991 and sold 2 of them in 2006. In 2014, after writing his 2nd book: Top teams are future-makers Richard launched the e-learning platform Team Talent Training, which makes it possible to develop team talents online.

Richard de Hoop uses music as a metaphor and a source of inspiration for businesses and interactions within them. He compares the range and diversity of peoples’ characters to musical instruments; thus a drum represents an active, motivated, hands-on pacesetter, whereas the horn is the unobtrusive yet observant team player. Both are important for a successful team. Richard de Hoop uses a total of eight instruments to classify individual characters. The main message of his inspiring, passionate presentations is: only the joyful ensemble playing of the orchestra as a whole (the employees), working under a motivating conductor (their superior) can lead to a full sound experience and top performances from the entire group.

In his keynote speeches Richard de Hoop motivates his audience by calling on them to focus on the strengths of each individual and to place that person where he or she can best use their talents. Just as each instrument in an orchestra has its own musical role to play. He calls this the ‘Revolution of strengths’. Only when an individual operates from a position which is right for him can he demonstrate enthusiasm and passion in his work, thus enabling his team to strive for exceptional performance. Indeed, Richard de Hoop’s advice to all those who have a motivating leadership role is: ‘look for the sparkle in your employees’ eyes’.

Draft Conference Agenda

Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday 11th October

Golf/ Yoga/ Walking tour will take place the morning of the conference


4pm Conference Registration

4:30pm Opening of conference/AGM

5:30pm Reputational Damage Presentation – ARAG/Riskeye

6pm to 7:10pm Enda McNulty, CEO & Founder McNulty Performance

7:30pm Dinner


Thursday 12th October

9:15am – 9:45am  Citizens Assembly on the Future of Education

9:45am to 11am Senior Cycle fireside chat (Andrea Feeney/ Dalton Tatton/ Yvonne Keating/ Andrea Brownlee/ Arlene Forster moderated by Rachel O’Connor)

11am – 11:30am Mid Morning Break

11.30am to 12.45pm  Prof. Patricia Mannix McNamara, Researcher UL

12.45pm to 2:00pm LUNCH

2pm to 3.00pm Richard De Hoop, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur

3.00pm to 3.15pm Afternoon Break

3:15pm – 4:00pm Workshops x6 – Information below

4:00pm 4:45pm Workshops x6 (Repeated)

7:00pm – Newly Appointed Drinks Reception

7:30pm – Presidents Drinks Reception

7:30pm – Delegate Drinks Reception

8pm – Gala Dinner


Friday 13st October

9:30am to 11am – Presidents Address – Ministers Address

11:15am to 12pm Presidential handover, close  of Conference



  1. Loretto Dignam (Menopause Hub) “Why Menopause matters? Including your responsibilities as an employer ”
  2. Keith Young (MU) “Impact of Generative AI on Teaching, Learning and Assessment”
  3. Richard De Hoop “From beginner to virtuoso, how to develop the team talents of yourself and your team members”
  4. Nicolaas Blom & Niamh Hickey (UL) Unpacking School Culture: Exploring the Art of the Possible”
  5. OIDE “Leading successful change initiatives in schools”
  6. Michelle Stowe “Human-Centred Leadership Conversations – getting the best out of our leadership teams”

FET                         – “FET and employers” delivered by IBEC

Gaelcolaisti        – “Fóram Feasa” delivered by ETBI & COGG

Registration for Workshops Conference 2023

NAPD Annual Outing – Wednesday 11th October 2023

This year once again we will be offering our Golf outing which will take place in Bearna Golf and Country Club – More details to follow.

We will be offering another two outings on the morning of Wednesday 11th October, Yoga and A Galway City Walking Tour.

Yoga will be hosted by Yoga Mara in the Galmont Hotel. Yoga mats will be provided.

A Galway City Walking Tour will take you around Galway City and the history behind this area.

Conference Venue The Galmont Hotel, Galway

Exhibitor Plans

Accommodation Currently Available

Here are the current hotels that have availability and have current NAPD Rates:

The G Hotel: €239 B&B
The House Hotel: Single €199

Other hotels within walking distance of the Galmont are:
Victoria Hotel – 7 min walk
Imperial Hotel – 8 min walk
Jurys Inn Hotel – 14 min walk
None of these hotels offer a Conference rate.

All accommodation will be booked and managed by delegates. NAPD will not accept responsibility for hotel bookings.

Our Main Conference Sponsors

We would like to thank our Main Sponsors who continue to support us every year.