Clive Byrne, Director, National Association of Principals and Deputy Principalts (NAPD)
Born in Dublin and educated in St. Vincent’s CBS Glasnevin, Clive Byrne began his teaching career in 1978 upon graduating with a BA from University College Dublin (in Irish, French and History) and a Higher Diploma in Education.
His first teaching role was in Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Clontarf, Dublin, as a teacher of Irish and French. He holds a Diploma in Educational Administration and a Masters in Education specialising in Curriculum Design and History of Education.
Byrne worked as Principal of the Presentation College Glasthule in Dún Laoghaire and St. Mary’s College, Rathmines, both in Dublin. He has been Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) since 2008.
Since his appointment as Director of NAPD, Byrne has been elected to the Executive Board of the European School Heads Association and is a Council member of the International Confederation of Principals (ICP). A passionate believer in the power of education to eliminate poverty, he is a founding Ambassador of the World Education Forum and is also Chairperson of the Board of Aidlink, an Irish NGO that operates in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.
In his role as Director of NAPD, Byrne has written and presented on the role of the school leader as an agent of change in Irish education and has been an outspoken advocate for reform of curriculum and assessment to make the system fit for purpose. He has been a member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in Ireland since March 2012. He has spoken extensively on the areas of cyber-bullying and youth mental health.
He is married to Patricia who is also a secondary school principal and they have three adult daughters: Jennifer, Sarah and Jamie.