Maura Grant was Advisor to Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, for the duration of the second term of her presidency, from 2004 to 2011. Maura is an experienced teacher and school principal who, before her appointment by the President, was seconded to the Department of Education and Skills as National Director of Programmes relating to educational disadvantaged. During this time she promoted innovation and change, and provided advice on strategic direction and policy matters on all aspects of educational disadvantage to successive Ministers.
Ms Grant completed her post-graduate work in Trinity College, Dublin – M. Sc. in Education Management – where her research focused on school development planning and school improvement.
From 2000 to 2006 Ms Grant was a member of the Higher Education Authority, the statutory planning and development body for higher education in Ireland.
Ms Grant is an extremely experienced presenter of in-career development programmes for teachers, inspectors and others and has been frequently invited to present policy and research papers at national and international conferences. Maura has devised and produced a number of videos on aspects of teaching and learning, most notably in the visual arts and music. She has written widely on education issues and has contributed articles and papers to a range of education journals and newsletters.
While working with the President, she led and managed the advisory team at the Office of the President, providing the best possible advice and briefing on all matters related to the President’s work, in addition to having overall responsibility for her diary, including all in-house meetings and events. Maura played an active part in planning and organising all incoming state visits and she accompanied the President on all state visits abroad.
From 2011 onwards, Ms Grant has acted as a part-time education consultant and public policy advisor in the Middle East. In this capacity, she has worked with the leading consultants, McKinsey, Deloitte and Booz.