Director Bios and Credentials

Dr. Terence McIvor :

BSc (Hons) DIS Biochemistry, DIS, PGCert Educational Technology, PGCert Further and Higher Education, PG Dip in Further and Higher Education, MCA, PhD

CEO/Director of Finance/Curriculum and Quality Enhancement                                                   

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Dr. McIvor is an academic professional and entrepreneur passionate about fostering innovative science and maths programs through national and international organisations and has extensive experience in curriculum development to degree level. He holds a BSc Honours Degree in Applied Biochemical Sciences with a Diploma in Industrial Studies from the University of Ulster. From there he pursued higher degrees in teaching and post-secondary education leading to PhD's in Chemistry and Chemical Education (Physical).

Previously, he worked as Curriculum Manager of Science & Mathematics at the local College in Derry, where he lectured in Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Sciences, Nanochemistry, Mathematics and ICT. During this time, he was instrumental in pioneering the College’s strategy to establish a “Science Applied Research Centre” as part of the Department for Employment and Learning’s FE Strategy for centres of specialism. This project  assisted  in building of an applied research portfolio in this area. He has organised an international conference with Ulster University and coordinated the Salters Festival of Chemistry which was held at the local Collage in 2015, the first college in the UK to ever host the festival and he also organised the International Conference Woman in STEM Conference, which was held at the local College in 2016. He developed and led a team who were involved in launching a Maths Centre at the local College, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. Dr. McIvor published a paper in mathematical education with Queens University Belfast and the University of Maynooth. He is also the author of a book targeted toward both teachers and students entitled “The Development of Learning Strategies in Chemical Education." He has published papers in the areas of chemistry and Information Technology.

Among his accomplishments, Terry has written a number of science programmes in partnership with Ulster University and the Open College Network and has participated in Erasmus and Erasmus+ programmes researching and developing vocational skills curriculum in Germany and India. ​He has also set up successful educational training companies which focuses on vocational and skills training. 

Dr McIvor is an International Workshop facilitator and he represents Ireland in the Albert Schweitzer Society and is a visiting scholar at Bundelkhand University in India and a Professor of Bio Physical Chemistry at Afriford University  He is also on the board of regents at Saint Monica University in charge of certification and to ensure that the university qualifications meet international standards. 


He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) and a professional member of the British Computer Society. Terry is part of the review panel of AIC for conferring chartered chemist status to successful candidates through the credentialing system administered by the National Certification Commission in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (NCCCCE). He is also a member of the Biochemical Society, part of the panel for science education and an adviser for science education policy within the Biochemical Society. Terry is also a Vice President of Chartered Institute of Management and Leadership.  


Dr. Terence McIvor is a leader in the development of teaching and learning strategies and also an active member of the Chambers of Commerce. He is also an Internal Verifier (IV) for OCN to ensure that assessment criteria and processes are applied consistently by assessors and verifiers. He is also on the Advisory Committee for Springer LNNS Series - 2nd International Conference on Communications, Computing and Networking.

Zita Bertha:

Director of International Business Development and Digital Marketing of ATIR

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Zita has an extensive work experience in the field of management of both the Spa and Hospitality industry. Zita earned a BTEC HNC in Business from North West Regional College (NWRC) in 2010, a Bsc (Hons) in Business from the University of Ulster in 2013, a Diploma in Environmental Waste Management from Stonebridge Associated Colleges in 2014 and she became a certified Yoga teacher through World Yoga Alliance in 2015. Zita is currently doing a Diploma in Subtle Energy Practitioner (crystal and energy healing).


ZIta has worked in the Spa industry for 10 years. She gained her Hand and Foot Care, Nail Technician qualification from the Hungarian Beauty Trade Association in 2000. For years, she has worked on a five star luxury cruise ship delivering exceptional customer care and service to Spa guests, assisting in the management of the day to day operations and preparing promotional activities.


Zita has also worked in the Hospitality industry both the Back and Front of House for 8 years, delivering high quality service, supervising the day to day activities of the Housekeeping department of a 4 star Hotel. By utalising the knowledge gained from the Business degree subjects such as International Human Resource Management, Marketing, Change Management etc. she became a versatile, successful and efficient Supervisor. Zita completed various Hospitality courses such as Customer Service, Food Hygiene, Service with Passion, Health and Safety and a Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills. She achieved consistent high mystery shop results of 93%+; assisted and participated in various events and projects to achieve green tourism gold award for 3 consecutive years and she also supervised waste management in the Housekeeping department to contribute in achieving the zero waste to landfill award.


Gerry McGuckin


Gerard has worked for 25 years at a very senior level in both the public and private sector.  Since 1990 as the Deputy Director of North West Regional College he has been involved in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of over 150 European Union funded projects with values ranging from £3.5 million to £5000 in a wide variety of subject areas. A number of the projects with which he was involved were specifically aimed at the development of innovative new technologies for a range of vocational areas. He has an extensive network of contacts within all of the countries of the European Community as well as the USA, Australia, Canada and South America.

His key experience is as follows;

  • Senior management experience in public sector environment both in education/training and economic development.

  • Senior management experience in development and delivery of computer technology based projects, education, training, community and economic development projects funded through national and international funding agencies, in particular ESF.

  • Substantial experience in developing and maintaining key relationships with senior personnel at high levels within the public and private sectors throughout Europe, USA and Australia.

  • Led the team of development professionals delivering Digital Media and Technology  qualifications to over 1000 Full Time and 3000 Part Time students at North WestRegionalCollege

  • Business project planning, project evaluation;

  • Project Advice and Evaluation.

  • Design, marketing and delivery of Economic Development Initiatives.

  • SME mentoring, counselling, training, team building;

  • Strategic Planning (Enterprise and Economic Development);

  • Network Development leading to ‘win – win’ marketing and economic development solutions

  • Wide experience and proven capability in Small Business (SME) development, International Strategic Business Alliances, Economic Development Initiatives, Multi-agency Collaborative Projects, including private/public sector partnerships.

  • SME mentoring, counselling, training, team building

  • Business project planning, evaluation


He has recently developed his own company called Entec Studios which is involved in promoting and developing technology in the delivery of education and training programmes.

Michael Flanagan

Non Executive Director of Finance

Michael Flanagan is head of Taxbuster Accountants, an accountancy firm, with a number of offices in both Ireland and the UK. 

He is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a member of the Institute of Taxation. He has worked in PwC in Ireland, UK and Boston. He has wide experience in both large business and small business. He has written various taxation and economic articles for newspapers in Northern Ireland and London.

Stanley Page


I started work with Du Pont (UK) as a Control Technician, this was one of the first multi-discipline positions in the UK at the time. Responsibilities included all Instrument and process controls, and all electrical installations including switchgear up to 33Kv. Whilst at Du Pont, I studied for ONC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

I then moved to Northern Ireland Electric Service before moving to Occidental Oil in Libya, working on an LNG Gas Plant and Oil Producing facilities looking after all control systems associated with a large petrochemical complex including Sulzer, Ruston, Pratt & Whitney, & Solar gas turbines. Whilst at Occidental I studied for an HNC in Electrical & Electronic engineering.

After several years with Occidental, I moved to ESI, a subsidiary of Solar Turbines which is part of Caterpillar Inc. Whilst at ESi as a Field Engineer, I worked on numerous projects commissioning, installing, and troubleshooting various Turbomachinery packages worldwide. I was also assigned as part of the management team where Solar & Esi set up a joint venture in Venezuela which built, owned and operated an offshore Gas Compression platform for a major Venezuelan oil producer. Later I was assigned as Project Manager on major project in Egypt where ESi operated and maintained a Gas Compression facility for a major oil company.

Then I took up a post as Electronics Engineer on a new project with Hunt Oil in Yemen. My duties there involved the installation commissioning and on gong maintenance and troubleshooting of four Neuvo Pignoni (GE) Frame 5 gas compression units, Solar Power Generation units, and Rolls Royce Gas Compression packages as well as  all instrument and Plc controls on a new major LNG plant. This included setting up the DCS system and building screens for the operation, to assist with this I spent two weeks at the DCS software OEM facility in Houston Texas.

A couple of years later I returned to Solar and was assigned to Asia for 9 years, where I was re-located to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with my family, as Senior Field Service Engineer looking after an area from India to China including Myanmar Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea

After nine years with Solar in Asia, I took up a position as Maintenance Supervisor and Relief OIM on an offshore facility with Petronas in Myanmar. The facility was extended three times during my 12 years there, doubling the size of the first platform, and installing two more platforms which included six gas compression packages and five gen sets, as well as balance of plant required to safely run a complex offshore operation.

During my time with ESi, Solar Turbines, Hunt Oil, and Petronas, I conducted numerous training courses on all aspects of turbomachinery. Operation & Maintenance, Control Systems, Plc controls, Relay controls Power generation systems, Gas Compressor control Systems, including Surge Control.

Clients included Shell (Brunei, Malaysia, & Phillipines), Petronas (Malaysia & Myanmar), EPMI- Esso (Malaysia), Daewoo, Thai Gypsum, Solar Turbines,(various worldwide locations) Gupco (Egypt), Maraven ( Venezeula) ONGC (India) Conoco (Thailand) Agip (Nigeria)

Dan Corbett

Adviser of Online and Distance Learning

Dr Dan Corbett graduated from Queen's University with a First Class Honours degree in Pharmacy in 2010, subsequently completing his pre-registration training at McMullan's Pharmacy in Belfast. After registering as a Pharmacist in 2011, Dr Corbett returned to the School of Pharmacy to complete a PhD in Biomaterials Chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Colin McCoy, within the Pharmaceutical Science and Practice cluster. Since completing his doctorate, Dr Corbett took responsibility for student recruitment at the School from 2014-2015, whilst also carrying out a number of teaching responsibilities. Dr Corbett is Lecturer (Education) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with a majorty of his teaching taking place at the China Medical University-Queen's University Belfast Joint College (known as CQC), located in Shenyang, People's Republic of China. Dr Corbett's current research interests lie in the development of polymer-based medical products which exhibit properties such as infection resistance, enhanced biocompatibility, and drug delivery. In addition to these roles, Dr Corbett authors articles for a number of publications, and works for the Northern Ireland professional pharmacy regulator.

Vinanti Cherian-McIvor

Consultant of Medical/Biomedial Innovation

Dr Cherian - McIvor has attained her initial qualification in the field of medicine and Anaesthesia from India. She then moved to the UK for further experience and worked in different hospitals across Ireland. She passed the Fellowship exam from the College of Anaesthetist, FCARCSI and was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist in 2009 and she currently works in Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry, a multispecialty hospital. Dr Cherian - McIvor has been involved in research projects during her training in Northern Ireland including study on remifentanil for labour analgesia and she has a keen interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia and is currently Lead Anaesthetist for obstetrics in the Department. She takes active interest in patient safety and quality improvement projects and is currently the clinical governance lead for Anaesthesia at Altnagelvin Hospital. Dr Cherian - McIvor has been involved in high quality audit projects and has also been local lead investigator for 2 national Audit projects within her department. She has presented posters at national and international meetings and has also been an invited speaker at the Western Association of Anaesthetists meeting. She has been an instructor on the Advanced Trauma Life support course and she is currently involved in multidisciplinary simulation based teaching in obstetrics and updating the departmental guidelines for obsteric anaesthesia.

Godfrey William Brock-Gadd

Executive Director of International Public Relations

I was born on the 13th. January 1948, to Goodly parents, Father served in HM Forces in the RAMC. That’s why I have lived all over the world. Including Malaysia, Singapore, Penang, Kualalumpor, Malta GC, Germany thrice, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Osnabruck, apologise for the spelling.

I attended a few schools, as my father would have been posted every 2 to 3 years. Parkgate primary school in Cheshire. Malta RAF School at Luqa, and the Royal Naval School Talhandaq, Chiltern School, Deyes Lane, Maghull Liverpool.

I attended the:

1. Runsure College, Leyland, did my A-Levels.

2. I attended the University of Central Lancashire I did a Combined Honours Degree BA/BSc. Business Management and Philosophy.

3. Attended the Corpus Christi College Cambridge reading Leadership Skills and Managing Performance certificate.

4. University of Central Lancashire - University Certificate in Forensic Science.

5. British Red Cross first aid,

6. Ambassador to East Belfast Visitor Centre.

7. Administrator to St. Christopher’s Larder (Food Bank in East Belfast, distributed over 15,148 food parcels within the last 5 years since it’s  opening.

8. Member of the St. Christopher’s Steering Group.

9. Member of the Royal Order Most Honourable Order of Omukama Chwa II Kabalega as the European Co-Ordinator.

10. Past Founder / CEO / Chairman of Ultra Rare Decease and Disability Foundation Northern Ireland.

11. Past Member of the Royal Household Staff, as Queen’s Footman / Butler.

12. After Dinner Speaker, (Royal Household experience).

13. Secretarial experience in Local Charities.

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