NAPD Deputy Director Announcement

Following a national competitive recruitment process, the National Executive Committee of the National Association of Principals and Deputies (NAPD) are delighted to announce the appointment of Rachel O’Connor as Deputy Director of the association. Rachel O’ Connor has been the Principal of Ramsgrange Community School since 2013 and will take up her new role as Deputy Director of NAPD on the 1st of September 2023.

Rachel is currently past-President of NAPD having served her term as President during the 2021/22 academic year, culminating in the national conference in Galway in October 2022, our first in person conference since 2019 and our best ever attended. Rachel inspired us all at conference and since then has continued working tirelessly within NAPD to deliver for members.

Rachel brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise to the role. She has worked in the three post-primary sectors and has leadership experience in two of them.  Rachel worked as a Whole School Associate with JCT. She is a Leadership Associate with PDST delivering on both Misneach and Comhar for newly appointed Principals and Middle Leaders. Rachel is a co-founder of the WILL Network, launching a series of workshops ‘Aspiring Female Leaders in Education’, WILL Chats and WILL Brunch for aspiring and inspiring female leaders nationwide.  Rachel is a qualified life and professional coach and a CSL Mentor also.

Rachels leadership style and her excellent interpersonal skills will continue to unite school leaders nationally thereby improving the processes for our people, who are the NAPD members. Her drive, dedication and commitment to school leadership are second to none and will raise the profile of our association in the best interest of our members. While her passion in the area of pedagogy will undoubtedly bring a renewed energy and passion for sustainable leadership, supporting all school leaders to deliver in the job that they love.

I am sure you will join me in wishing Rachel every success in her new role, all of her experience to date has brought her to this point and we all look forward to working closely with Rachel to deliver on the Statement of Strategy 2022-2027.


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