Meet the Team
At Portobello Institute we share a common commitment to quality, a structured approach to learning and a focus on industry links as well as care for the individual learners.
Our academic team along with programme managers and teaching staff are the heart of the college who inspire and support our students on a daily basis and throughout their educational journey with us. To ensure full relevant support for every learner we have a programme manager in place for every department. All with significant experience within their sector we are delighted to show just some of our dedicated team.
Jacqueline Howley has has managed her own brand in buying and sales, category management and supply chain. Her experience spans across Homewares, Ladies Accessories, Grocery and Light Hardware and has over fifteen years experience.
Nicole understands first hand the challenges of starting a business in the fashion world, armed with a wealth of knowledge to pass onto students who may wish to begin a similar journey. A favourite part of tutoring for Nicole is seeing students’ piece together their designs to form a complete garment.
Currently the Visual Merchandising & Production Manger in Brown Thomas, Mary Kelly guides students into the world of Visual Display.
Sinéad Kelly is a fashion creative based in Dublin. Having graduated from Dublin City University with a BA in Journalism and Irish, Sinéad immediately pursued her fashion instincts by doing internships with RTE Fashion online, followed by Stellar Magazine.
Emma Manley is owner of fashion and accessories label, Manley, and co-founder of Bloss, an Irish Designer pop-up shop. She has plenty of experience in the fashion industry and is a respected name in fashion.
For Annemarie it’s about helping and supporting students to be successful and her commitment to seeing them through to a career in fashion. Her commitment to students is every present with ongoing correspondences from graduates having secured roles as buyers, merchandisers all over the globe.
With over ten years experience in commercial design, styling and brand identity, Janet Takuz is well used to the challenges of the industry and is more than willing to share her knowledge with her students.