Dr. Tom Clonan is a retired army officer, university lecturer, and recently elected Senator to Seanad Éireann. Tom has campaigned to end gender-based discrimination and gender-based violence in the Irish armed forces and was a member of the HEA Expert Group on ending bullying, sexual violence, and sexual harassment in Irish universities. Tom has written two best-selling books about his experiences in the army in the Middle East and former Yugoslavia.

Unusual fact:  Tom has also performed as a lead dancer in the award-winning ‘Soldier Still’ – an exploration of trauma and grief written and choreographed by the dance theatre company Junk Ensemble.  He has four adult and teenage children and is an advocate for children and young adults with disabilities.