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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. 

Mary Kelly

Fashion tutor

Currently the Visual Merchandising & Production Manger in Brown Thomas

Mary studied Interior Design at Connolly College, graduating in 1994

Started her career through work experience in Brown Thomas in 1994, and was offered a full time position as ‘Display Junior’ within the Awear Visual Team which at the time was owned by Brown Thomas.

Remaining in Awear for 17 years, and working her way up to the position as Display Manger.

Following a career break where she completed courses which have included Train the Trainer & Graphic Design and freelanced with Wallpaper Creative on Primark Press Shows in both 2013 & 2014, Mary was then offered a position in 2015 covering maternity Leave in BT2 Grafton Street as Display Manager, which in turn led to an assistant creative manager job in the Brown Thomas Dublin store.

Within the career break Mary began tutoring at Portobello College, and has remained for the past 4 years, guiding students into the world of Visual Display with many success stories.

Mary has high level understanding on Visual Display in both high street and luxury stores. Visual display is a job but also a hobby which means no day feels like work!

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