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HSG Commander



Col Brendan Mc Guinness

Commandant, Military College

Col Mc Guinness has served in the Defense Forces for thirty-seven years. He has operated as a leader, team member and manager throughout his career. During 2017 he was School Commandant, Infantry School and Director of Infantry. Previously he held appointments as Senior Staff Officer responsible for training and education in 2 Bde HQ, Officer Commanding the 51st Infantry Group, UNIFIL and OC 7th Infantry Battalion and Cathal Brugha Bks. In these roles he provided leadership and developed teams, drafted and supervised staff work and engaged with military and civilian agencies at all levels. During his service he has gained broad experience and knowledge of leadership, followership, administration and logistics and an understanding of strategic and local HR issues in an organisation of over nine thousand people. He has been a enabler for change as the Defense Forces implements a strategic plan, an internal transformation agenda and seeks to expand its innovation and diversity via external engagement.

During his career Col Mc Guinness has served abroad with the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Security & Co operation in Europe (OSCE) in a wide range of military and non-military roles. These appointments involved commanding, supervising and collaborating in both Irish led and multinational environments. His current appointment is that of Commandant, Military College.

Col Mc Guinness is chairperson of the Defense Forces basketball club. His hobbies include basketball, cycling, current affairs, sport and reading. He is married with three young adults.

Academic Qualifications:

• Currently participating on a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Executive Coaching.

• Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching, Smurfit Business School, UCD.

• Master of Arts degree in Management, Leadership and Defence Studies, NUIM.

• Bachelor of Arts degree, NUIG.

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