Founded by experts from the education and technology communities, mTech.Academy delivers experiential learning for the future of work. The holistic mTech.Academy programme provides a project-based, technology-centric curriculum that addresses the specific requirements of students, teachers and head teachers, preparing them for new opportunities in the digital world. Combining innovative technology, creativity and real-world skills development, mTech.Academy empowers students, providing a strong foundation to achieve their potential.

Diane Morrow, Founder

As a founder of mTech.Academy, Diane Morrow is working to transform the educational model and provide young people the experiences and skills that will prepare them for successful careers in the digital workforce.

An educator with more than a decade of classroom experience, Diane has worked in a variety of settings, delivering A Level, GCSE Business Studies and careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).

At Banbridge Academy, Diane’s interest for careers was channeled into organising school-wide careers fairs and raising awareness of career alternatives amongst school leavers. Through industry connections and networks beyond the classroom, she brought the subject of Business Studies to life through inspirational guest speakers and visits to leading enterprises and brands.

It was her passion for enterprise education and a desire to increase students’ awareness of their career options that prompted her to leave the classroom to lead Catalyst Inc’s Generation Innovation programme. There, she continued to forge productive links with industry to deliver collaborative education programmes for 14-19-year-old students.

Diane graduated with a First Class (Hons) Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Post Primary Business & Enterprise Education from Stranmillis University College, Belfast.

Michael O’Hara, Founder

As a founder of mTech.Academy, Michael O’Hara is delivering the technology and real-world skills needed to help young people achieve their potential in the rapidly evolving digital world.

Michael has more than 30 years’ experience at leading technology organisations. Most recently, he spent 10 years as the Chief Marketing Officer for the GSMA, where he led all marketing, communications and membership activities, focused on accelerating the growth of the mobile industry. Michael was instrumental in establishing the GSMA as the voice of the mobile industry, creating Mobile World Live to serve as the industry’s premier news portal, as well as the Mobile Economy report series, which provides global and regional views of the mobile industry. He was also responsible for all marketing and content for the GSMA’s event portfolio, including the flagship Mobile World Congress, which grew from 47,000 to 108,000 attendees during his tenure.

Before the GSMA, Michael was the General Manager for Marketing and Industry Management within the Communications Sector at Microsoft. In this role, he drove Microsoft’s initiatives to deliver world-class software solutions to the communications industry, including telecommunications companies, hosting service providers and media and entertainment organisations.

Prior to Microsoft, Michael was Vice President, Marketing at Sonus Networks, a leading provider of carrier voice over IP (VoIP) solutions, where he led the company’s marketing strategy and oversaw all marketing functions. Previously, he held a number of roles at Nortel Networks including Chief Marketing Officer for Europe and Vice President of Global Business Operations, as well as additional management positions in sales, operations, customer service, and manufacturing engineering with Nortel in Europe.

Michael holds an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Queens University of Belfast.

Beth Morrissey, Head of Marketing

Beth Morrissey brings nearly 30 years of experience in technology-focused marketing and communications to mTech.Academy.

Most recently, Beth spent 10 years as Senior Director of Marketing at the GSMA, where she was responsible for leading corporate communications, including public relations, social media, executive communications, brand and employee communications initiatives. Earlier in her tenure at the GSMA, Beth also oversaw the conference programmes at GSMA events including Mobile World Congress.

Beth joined the GSMA in 2008 from Microsoft, where she was the Director of Marketing for Communications Sector, Microsoft’s sales and marketing organisation focusing on telecommunications, hosting and media & entertainment companies.  
Prior to Microsoft, Beth spent five years in marketing communications positions at Sonus Networks and she also held PR roles at The Weber Group (now Weber Shandwick) and Wellfleet Communications/Bay Networks.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, with a dual concentration in marketing and management.