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Mr Gerry O'Brien

Chief Operating Officer

Roles within UL

In November 2017, Gerry O’Brien was appointed as UL’s first Chief Operating Officer & Registrar and was appointed Deputy President on 1 December 2017. Following a change in leadership portfolios in October 2020, he is currently the Chief Operating Officer where he leads on key strategic projects including the development and implementation of:

  • The University’s new digital strategy supporting UL’s approach to the future of education and streamlining processes across the University;
  • The transformation of the City Campus into a significant landmark development supporting our staff, students, industry and the Limerick community;
  • The University’s key role in the Strategic Development Zone on the North Campus.

Previous experience and education

Prior to joining UL, Gerry had been Bursar and Vice-President for Finance at University College Dublin since 2007 with responsibility for finance, estates, commercial activities, student services, legal, health and safety and procurement. Prior to that, Gerry worked in the business-process outsource and financial services industries where he held Managing Director and Finance Director level roles. Gerry has worked for companies including Capita, Prudential, Aviva, Price Waterhouse Coopers and BDO. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate of UCD.

Areas of responsibility

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a member of the Executive Committee with specific responsibility for a number of key services including:

  • Buildings & Estates which builds and maintains the built environment of UL’s parkland and city campuses;
  • Information Technology which leads on the technology transformation across UL;
  • Plassey Campus Centre which is the main commercial arm of the University;
  • UL Sport which manages Irelands leading sporting campus;
  • Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Innovation including UL, The Technology Transfer Office and UL Nexus Innovation Centre, the exceptional Cooperative Education and Careers Office.