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 is a commercially astute senior buyer/ supply chain specialist with over 15 years’ experience in commercial operations, global sourcing and supply chain. She has managed own brand in buying and sales, category management and supply chain. Her experience spans across Homewares, Ladies Accessories, Grocery and Light Hardware. She is passionate about new product/retail concept development and ultimately profit optimization through a focused trend, sourcing and negotiation process.
Jacqueline has an excellent understanding of how the merchandising and marketing processes of a business needs to function to advance consumer recruitment for a retailer. Her previous roles involved successfully managing and developing own brand ranges through Far East sourcing offering members exclusive product ranges and more substantial discounts.
Whilst working in Ireland, frequent travel to the UK, Germany, Belgium, US and the Far East has given her an international mind set, adaptability and an ability to navigate different business cultures. Her track record of success also includes strategy, identifying new business lines, growth, sourcing and launching new products to the Irish market.