Our Staff

Brian Burns

Brian Burns

Director

Brian joined ISI way back in 2001 as Marketing Director and became its Managing Director in 2006. Prior to joining ISI, Brian travelled the world teaching English in France, Quebec and Japan. As well as being a qualified English language teacher, Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and French Literature from University College Galway (NUIG) and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Practice from University College Dublin (UCD). Outside ISI he has been involved in theatre, as an actor, a writer and a director. After nearly 25 years in the EFL business, Brian still loves the buzz and excitement of working at ISI with so many wonderful students, staff and teachers. Coco, his dog, loves ISI too, so much so, that she hangs out there every day!

James Dorrian

James Dorrian

Director

James joined ISI in 2007 as a Director. He is a graduate of the Institute of Technology Sligo and worked as a Surveyor in the construction and engineering industries for many years before becoming a partner in ISI. He has a keen interest in art and design, which is strongly reflected in the interior design of ISI’s buildings. He believes in creating a study environment which encourages students to be creative and to express themselves. James enjoys painting every week and has recently started to exhibit his work.

Jennifer Diaz Green

JENNIFER DIAZ GREEN

Senior Academic Manager

Jennifer Diaz Green has been involved in ELT education for over 20 years in both Argentina and Ireland. She has a Degree in English Language Teaching from Argentina and a Master’s Degree in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Since being a participant in the original Academic Management Course by ACELS over 10 years ago, she’s been involved in Academic Management. Her experience is mainly in ELT Human Resources, teacher workshops, curricula and material development and compliance.

Trish Robinson

Trish Robinson

Senior Operations Manager

Trish has been working with ISI since 2011 starting in accommodation and then expanding into the High School Programme Management before becoming Operations Manager.  She has a BA in Psychology and is also our student welfare officer.  More recently she has completed a diploma in Human Resources.  Trish says the best part about ISI is the special atmosphere created by wonderful staff and students.

Clodagh Hilliard

CLODAGH HILLARD

Academic Manager

Clodagh started as a teacher in ISI almost 7 years ago. She has a keen interest in languages, having graduated from the University of Limerick with a degree in Applied Languages. During her course, she spent one semester teaching English in Spain and one semester studying French in Paris. She loves to travel and lived in Australia for 2 years, giving her the opportunity to visit many new countries along the way. She believes the best thing about working in ISI is the great team and also getting to meet people from all over the world.

Zivile Burbaite

Zivile Burbaite

Sales and Partnership Manager

Zivile has been working with ISI Dublin since 2014. She started as an intern on reception and since then has held several roles, including Junior Programmes and Summer Camp manager and, most recently, Sales and Partnerships Manager. Before moving to Ireland in 2011, she obtained a bachelors degree in Public Administration. Zivile is a keen traveller and has visited over 30 countries. Naturally, the favourite part of her job is attending language travel industry workshops, fairs and meeting partner agents abroad. The best thing about being a part of ISI team, Zivile says, is working in an incredibly warm, welcoming and supportive environment.

Sarah McGovern

Sarah McGovern

High School Programme Manager

Sarah has worked on the High School Programme at ISI since 2016. Before that, she graduated from Dublin City University with a degree in Applied Languages and Translation Studies. As part of her studies, Sarah spent an Erasmus year in the south of France where she attended university. After her studies at DCU, Sarah returned to France for an academic year where she taught English to high school students. She then spent two years living in Vancouver, Canada. She loves working with the team at ISI and having the opportunity to welcome amazing teenagers to the High School Programme each year.

Rachel Sheridan

Accounts & Office Manager

Marcelo Lopez Anido

Marcelo Lopez Anido

Digital Marketing & Brand Manager

Born in Argentina, Marcelo started working at ISI Dublin in 2019, having spent the previous ten years living in New Zealand, Australia and Malta. He is a graduate of Marketing from the  University of Buenos Aires in 1999, and in 2007 he finished his training in Graphic Design and in 2009 became a professional Webmaster. Marcelo also has a diploma in Human Resources, working in that area for more than 7 years before finally turning to his passion, marketing. He likes sports, he loves basketball, a sport that he has played all his life. He loves to travel, visit new places and face new challenges. What he likes about ISI Dublin is being surrounded by an exceptional group of staff, and working increase awareness of the school, throughout the world. He feels that ISI Dublin is a place of great diversity and cultures.

Sean O'leary

Admissions Assistant

Seán attended the University of Wales and NUI Maynooth where he completed his B.A. in English Literature and Classical Studies in 2016. He has worked in various roles since he joined the team at ISI over a year ago. Seán enjoys being part of a team of professionals from different nationalities. The thing Seán appreciates most about ISI is the supportive and encouraging staff.

Maija Gobja

Cafe & Facilities Manager

Since 2006 Maija has been part of the ISI Dublin team, but it was in 2015 when the ISI Cafes first opened, that Maija became a Cafe and Facility manager. Born in Latvia and a graduate from the College of Commercial Merchandise, she also speaks three languages – Latvian, Russian and English. It was back in 2002 when Maija left Latvia to visit Dublin, Ireland – a country over 2000km away! Since then, Maija has fallen in love with the city and its people. The best thing about being part of the ISI team is being part of a friendly and supportive team and she loves meeting people from all over the world.