Meet our Academic Team

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.

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.

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.

Zivile Burbaite
Zivile Burbaite

Sales and Partnership Manager

Zivile has been working with ISI Dublin since 2014. She has started as an intern at the 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 has 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.

Karen Finn

Junior Programme Manager

Karen started in ISI in 2015 as accommodation officer and has since moved into junior programs. Karen has taught English and lived abroad in the past and understands how it feels to move to a new country and learn a new language. She has a BA in Anthropology and Greek & Roman Civilisation and a diploma in early years care and education with Montessori. She thinks the best thing about ISI is the great team ethic.

Rachel Sheridan

Accounts & Office Manager

Marcelo Lopez Anido
Marcelo Lopez Anido

Digital Marketing & Brand Manager

Marcelo started working at ISI Dublin in 2019, he was born in Argentina, and for the last ten years he has lived in New Zealand, Australia and Malta, he graduated from the Marketing career at the University of Buenos Aires in 1999, in 2007 he finished the career of Graphic Designer and in 2009 the career of 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 practiced 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 staff, working to make the School known throughout the world, which makes ISI Dublin a place of great diversity and cultures.

Samantha Hickey
Samantha Hickey

Reception and Administration

Sam has a B.A in English and History from Maynooth University and continues to learn through online and evening courses in various topics. Sam has always worked in customer-focused roles as she really enjoys getting to interact with so many people every day!  Sam started working in ISI in April 2019 and her main focus is supporting the wonderful students with any of their queries. Her favourite thing about ISI is the warm and welcoming atmosphere created by staff and students and getting to see the students become more confident in their English speaking skills during their course.”

Sean O'leary

Admissions Assistant

Seán attended University of Wales and NUI Maynooth where he completed his B.A. in English Literature and Classical Studies in 2016. Seán 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 in ISI. The thing Seán appreciates most about ISI is the supportive and encouraging staff.

Maija Gobja

Canteen & Facilities Manager