Workshop Leaders

Donal O Reilly

Post Primary Deputy Director, Centre for School Leadership

Donal is a graduate of the University of Limerick, IRELAND, with a B. Tech. Ed. He devoted much of his early career to developing teacher capacity through the Engineering Technology Teachers’ Association and Teacher Professional Networks.
Upon returning to his alma mater, the University of Limerick, he completed an MA in Education and developed an interest in action research. Donal has worked in seven different elementary schools over his career, across all sectors, sizes, and demographics. He is currently on secondment from Killorglin Community College where he served as Assistant Principal and Principal for a total of thirteen years.

Donal places great emphasis on fostering a culture for developing aspiring leaders within the school and building leadership capacity. During his time as principal, Donal has served on the staff of the Professional Development Service for Teachers, has been involved in the design and delivery of the Tánaiste program for newly appointed assistant principals, and has delivered modules for the PDST Tóraíocht program for aspiring leaders.

Donal was also a mentor for the National Association for Principals and Deputy Principals mentoring program for deputy principals. More recently, Donal earned a certificate in professional coaching practice and ethics and a diploma in life and leadership coaching in 2022. Donal has worked with European SchoolNet and the Future Classroom Lab in Brussels, delivering workshops and webinars. He also leads learning events for leaders and teachers across Europe and is a guest speaker at panel discussions. As an eTwinner and former eTwinning Ambassador, as well as through his involvement in the Erasmus+ program, Donal has built an extensive leadership network across Europe and has had the opportunity to explore the different leadership, mentoring, and coaching approaches in many European countries. He also closely supports the work of his National Agency, Léargas.

He is currently Deputy Director Post Primary at the Centre for School Leadership in IRELAND where he focuses on supporting school leaders at different stages of their leadership careers. As part of this work, Donal and his team have explored the many aspects of school leadership, leading to the development of pilot programs and an innovative reflective tool to support Irish school leaders.

Dr Loes van Wessum

Dr Loes van Wessum is a senior researcher of the research group Inclusive learning environments, Windesheim, University of Applied sciences, The Netherlands and a senior researcher for leadership and leadership development for ESHA.  Her research focuses on leadership and leadership development for developing schools as learning and inclusive organisations.

Recently she has conducted research for revising the Dutch National standard for school leaders in secondary education and a Dutch survey about professional learning activities of school leaders and board members in secondary education. She is one of the coordinators of the Eapril Cloud Leadership in Education, bringing researchers on leadership in education together and giving presentations at the Eapril conferences and organizing in between conferences. She is the lead editor of a Dutch open access book for school leaders written by more then 20 top researchers on leadership in education and one of the authors of Van Wessum, L. & Verheggen (2019).

Leading a learning school. Which questions have you asked today? Oud-Turnhout: Gompel & Svacina. In her work she combines practical wisdom and theoretical knowledge. She is an experienced teacher, manager, teacher educator, researcher, member of the supervisory board, consultant and author.


Horgas Judit

Participants of the Microvet workshop will hear about the project results, the present and future of microcredentials and will be engaged in group conversations on how microcredentials could be most useful to them.

Judit Horgas – editor, literary historian and education consultant. She is the editor-in-chief of the Hungarian literary and ecological journal Liget (Grove). She has created and led the educational programme Dragonfly for elementary schools in Hungary and the neighbouring countries (Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, Ukraine) for 15 years. Focusing on environmental, art and trauma-conscious education, she has delivered hundreds of teacher trainings and workshops for children. As the education consultant of Parents International she has developed and delivered international trainings for both teachers and parents on parental engagement. As the education consultant of the European School Heads Association she has participated in European projects focusing on inclusion, art education and microcredential course development. She is also the editor of ESHA’s magazine HEADlight.

Eli Pijaca Plavšić

Eli Pijaca Plavšić graduated sociology in 2004 at the University in Zagreb, Croatia. For the last 20 years her major interest is in the field of education policy analyses and development, educational reform, educational management, inclusive policy and promoting equity at all levels of education – from ECEC to higher education. Also her major part of the interest is development of curriculum for teacher training programmes in various topics (strategic planning and governance of educational institutions, methodology of teaching, civic education, inclusive education, mental health and wellbeing) but also development of teaching materials (handbooks, textbooks, learning plans).

From 2010 to 2021 she worked as an Executive Director of Forum for Freedom in Education, currently at the position Head of the program and education policy analyst. As a practitioner she has a fruitful experience in the school based work (as a teacher trainer) by directly working with more than 350 educational institutions in Croatia and more than 3000 teachers and 150 school directors. She has extensive experience as independent educational expert and education policy analyst including assessment and evaluation of education policies in the country.

Since 2016 she works as independent consultant and national expert for the European commission. She also worked on number of national and local strategic educational projects in Croatia. Since 2018 she is a member of the NESET Network, an advisory network of experts working on the social dimension of education and training.

Ed Cousins

Ed Cousins, Director, InterActing

Co Founder and Director of both Interacting+, Interacting UK and The Connected Learning Company. Leading on the design and delivery of innovative teacher training courses and connecting drama processes to classroom needs. Ed is an experienced coordinator of EU projects and an accomplished contributor to conferences both as keynote speaker and workshop host. Ed is co Founder and current chair of the European Association of Training Providers. Ed believes in the power of networks to contribute to improved learning opportunities and best practice in the education sector.

Ed lives in Madrid and brings his passion for theatre and sports to his love of learning. Ed graduated in English and American literature from the University of Warwick before going on to complete an MA on ‘A Legacy of Empire ‘ in Anglo Irish Studies at University College Dublin. His work at Interacting continues to investigate the power of stories as a vehicle for learning and promoting inclusive cultures.


Richard Tallaron – LFEE Europe Ltd

Richard is the Director and Co-Founder of LFEE Europe Ltd where he oversees the management and development of all European training programmes, as well as bilateral / multinational mobility projects for Teachers and other Educators. Richard believes in innovative practices and a blended learning approach to enhance the learning and teaching experiences of practitioners and their pupils. Richard graduated in “Scottish Literature and Culture” and “French as a Foreign Language” from the University of Grenoble. He now works with teachers both at Primary and Secondary levels throughout Europe and beyond. He created DIPS with Franck Le-Cars and his team in 2018. Richard recently published a book called “A Taste of Languages, Stories of French and English / Le goût des langues, petites histoires de l’anglais et du français”.

Linda Hye

Linda Hye

Linda Hye is employed at University of Agder as head of the executive education at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and as a researcher at the Centre for Local Government Studies. She has extensive teaching and guidance experience from several postgraduate programmes such as Master in management and National management education for school leaders and kindergarten managers. She completing her PhD on studying municipal middle managers this fall. She also has experience from a number of research projects within management, organizational development and organizational culture in municipalities.

Harry te Riele

Bio Harry te Riele

Societal transitions, your position, my additional knowledge:
• Independent action researcher in the field of societal transitions (deep societal change)
• Not necessarily restricted to specific topics or subjects
• Currently combining complex decision-making with intelligence of the crowd
• Experience with the agricultural system, the monetary system, the environmental impact of consumption, and other topics
• Co-founder of Transitiefocus (, in Dutch)
• Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
• Passionate lover of (making) pop music: singing, playing keys and programming drums
• Find Harry on LinkedIn.

Working in the Netherlands, Harry has pioneered in societal transition thinking since 1999. Educated as a product designer (Delft University of Technnology) he now clarifies people’s positions during deep societal change. His mission? To reduce psychological, social and economic damage during systems shifts. He both focuses on the content of a topic and the human resource: can people play their roles to the fullest? Harry has been active in a variety of domains: agriculture&food, the money system, political decision-making routines, retail, education, and others. He typically works for governments, though masterclasses and lectures for mixed audiences, culumns and articles for magazines, and coaching sessions and masterclasses can be expected. In close co-operation with Esther van der Valk, Harry runs the label Transitiefocus (‘being comfortably out of control’). Please check (Dutch – let your browser do the translation). Harry has initiated a P2P currency in Rotterdam (‘We left out banks, we took out interests, we offer you a new world – Dam | the Rotterdam currency’). He has run an online network of 650 members on societal transitions. His latest focus lies on the future of democratic decision-making routines and education.

Anna Pons

Anna Pons

Anna Pons leads the Global Teaching InSights and the Schools+ Network teams, two projects that aim to bring together teachers, school leaders, researchers and policy-makers to accelerate change in education. Previously, she coordinated a Video Study to better understand teaching practices in eight different countries by looking at classroom videos, teaching materials, teacher and student surveys, and students tests. She has also written reports on the quality of education systems and provided advice to ministries of education in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Prior to joining the OECD in 2010, Anna gained work experience in the Catalan government and a local government. Anna holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from University Pompeu Fabra, and a Master in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po, ENSAE and École Polytechnique.

Luca Janka Laszlo

Ms. Luca Janka Laszlo

Luca Laszlo has been working in international education policy for the past eight years in the employment of stakeholder organizations such as ESHA and Parents International. Her academic background is in social sciences, with a particular focus on inclusion. She is currently writing her Ph.D. in the field of cyberbullying. She has led projects in open schooling, digital transformation of schools, inclusion of marginalized groups in school, and family-school cooperation.


Eszter Salamon

Eszter Salamon PhD is the Director of Parents International and an inclusion consultant for the European School Heads Association. Currently she is also a visiting professor at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. Originally trained as a teacher, she started her career as a teacher at a primary cum secondary school. Later she became an economist and has been teaching in higher and vocational education. She started dealing with rights of the child topics in 1989 and has specialized in students’ rights and parents’ rights in the past 20+ years, being active on European level since 2009 and international level since 2015. She has earned her Doctorate in education leadership focusing on parental empowerment and engagement, and child participation. Her activities and research interests are related to 21st century education, school leadership, parental engagement, quality and inclusion, education-related rights and accountability, and collaboration. Her recent publications include research on teacher and school leader roles and careers, open schooling, innovative and inclusive STE(A)M education, family support systems, and parents’ perceptions of and engagement in education. Her team has developed globally acknowledged practical initiatives on parental engagement, child participation, open schooling, education inclusion. She has been invited to participate at expert groups of the Council of Europe and OECD. In the field of parental engagement, her main area of activities is related to professionals’ perceptions and capacity-building needs for better collaboration. Her work is framed by her experience as a teacher, as a parents, as a school board president as well as a researcher and trainer. She is a bookworm and a dog-lover.

Myrthe Stienstra

Myrthe Stienstra

Coming from an entrepreneurship (MSc) background with a focus on development, improvement and intercultural communication, Myrthe has been working for ESHA as a researcher for the past 1,5 years. Her passions are with environmental sustainability and inclusion in her role at ESHA. Over the last year she has had the chance to share her knowledge and exchange experiences with school leaders and policy makers in the education sector to make an impact.

Cormac Noonan

Cormac Noonan

Certified Canfield Success Trainer
Certified NLP Coach
Certified CBT Practitioner
Diploma in Psychology
Certified Buteyko Breathing Instructor
Certified Breathwork Facilitator
Certified Meditation Instructor

After graduating from Ireland’s top university, Trinity College Dublin, with a degree in Management Science, Cormac Noonan worked as an IT Consultant with Accenture for 3 years, winning a company award during his time. He then became disillusioned with the role and wanted to focus his attention on helping others reach their potential. He set up a Non-Profit called Pizza Sunday Club, which was a community for people who were homeless on the streets of Dublin. He then went travelling and focused on his writing before returning to Ireland and setting up Wolf Academy along with his brother Daryl. This time the aim was to help young people become the best version of themselves.

Throughout his journey over the past number of years, Cormac has read countless books, done numerous courses and has been certified from some of the top coaches and trainers in the world when it comes to human performance and development.

Having spent the last three years delivering workshops in schools across Ireland, Cormac realised that the head teachers have one of the most important and most difficult jobs out there. Thus an idea was sparked to focus his efforts on giving head teachers the tools they need to succeed in their roles. By helping them curate a unique work/life balance he helps them to overcome overwhelm and stress and shows them ways to actually enjoy what they do.

Daryl Noonan

Daryl Noonan

Certified Canfield Success Trainer
Qualified Personal Trainer
Qualified Nutritionist
Diploma in Psychology
Certified Buteyko Breathing Instructor
Certified Breathwork Facilitator
Certified Meditation Instructor

Daryl spent many years suppressing his emotions through addictions and distractions that led him down a very destructive and dark path.

Through consistently diving into self he has been able to overcome this and go on to support others in their journey of healing and self discovery.

Daryl guides people on the importance of expressing their emotions and practical ways in which to do that. Keeping our nervous system regulated is hugely important in living a balanced lifestyle and Daryl focuses on this and again ways and means to achieve this on a daily basis, optimising each day you have, in turn optimising your life.
Daryl has obtained a huge amount of learnings through his own lived experience of overcoming adversity and he has also spent the last number of years diving into the study of the mind, body and emotions and how they are so closely interlinked. Daryl brings a very real and fresh perspective to these powerful practices of healing and nervous system regulation and has a unique ability to help people find an inner peace they didn’t know was missing.

Tobias Schnitter

Tobias Schnitter – Worldwide Apple Education

Tobias is part of Apple’s Worldwide Education team, where he leads the Apple Professional Learning program for the EMEIA region. He is working closely with the local Apple Education teams across Europe to help implement tailor-made professional learning offerings for educators and school leaders.

Tobias started his educational career 24 years ago as a secondary school teacher in Germany. His passion for foreign languages led to a position as Head of Foreign Languages Division at the State Institute of School Quality in Munich, Bavaria where Tobias successfully coordinated country-wide teacher training initiatives on curriculum design.

In 2010 Tobias became Assistant Principal of a new Secondary School near Munich, where he implemented one of the first iPad 1:1 programs in Germany in 2011. In 2014 he won the “German Teacher Award“ for his visionary leadership and technology integration in his school’s curriculum.

After five years as Assistant Principal, Tobias joined the German Apple Education Team to inspire teachers and school leaders on a broader scale. During the pandemic, he initiated and accounted for EMEIA’s largest remote professional learning event with 70k registrations during a four week timeframe.

Giulia Menabue

Giulia Menabue – Science Teacher

“Natural Sciences Teacher from the first to the twelfth year of high school. Creativity is my weapon to capture students’ attention towards subjects unfairly deemed boring by teenagers.”

Dianne Franke

Dianne Franke

After working as a Special Needs Teacher for 15 years, Dianne Franke now works as an Educational Scientist (MSc) at the AVS – the Dutch Association for School Leaders. As a program manager, she develops school leader training courses in which topicality, quality and cooperation are leading. Internationalization is high on the agenda, with her conviction that internationalization is not a goal but a means to prepare students for living, learning, and working in an intercultural society. Dianne has participated in various Erasmus+ projects on topics such as digitalization in education, she designs study trips for school leaders and brings people from all over the world together to learn from each other to continuously improve the quality of education.