Following an extensive period as Executive Director of the Centre (1995 – 2013) Paddy Reilly (Dip DS, BA, MA) stepped down from this position, and took on a new role as Head of Strategic Relations. He has responsibility for adding value to Kimmage DSC’s core business by pursuing & building strategic relationships with external partners and the Kimmage Alumni. In this role he pursues the consolidation and enhanced quality of existing partnerships and links, in accordance with the Strategic Plan; and explores the development of new relationships and collaborative ventures with other institutions and organisations. In doing so he promotes the ethos and principles of Kimmage DSC in all activities and external relationships in order to highlight the unique selling point of this institute.
He is also a lecturer at Kimmage DSC, delivering courses in Adult Education and in Facilitation Practice. Paddy contributes to curriculum and course design and facilitates students undertaking primary research in development-related areas. His interests include exploring how educational principles and methodologies which draw upon experiential learning, may enhance human and social development. In pursuit of this during the past 25 years, he has facilitated training in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and for different groups and institutes within Ireland. As head of the institute, Paddy initiated and supervised several strategic developments and institutional partnerships. He oversaw the successful validation process for the current MA in Development Studies, and the accreditation of several courses run in Tanzania – from Certificate to BA degree level.
He initiated and led a new strategic partnership with the National University of Ireland Maynooth NUIM) which sees ongoing collaboration in terms of course delivery and research firmly on the agenda from 2013 onwards. He is also responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with like-minded development training institutes in Tanzania and in South Africa, namely (since 1994) the continuing collaboration on a BA in Development Studies with MS-TCDC in Arusha and (since 2002) supporting the Training for Transformation programmes run by the Grail Centre near Cape Town. In 2003, he set up an action research and consultancy unit (Kimmage Africa Programme) in Tanzania which seeks to engage with development actors in the region.