Peter Cassells is Executive Director of the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict intervention at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

He is also a member of the Governing Body of NUI Maynooth and sits on the Board of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).

Peter is a former General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and was a lead negotiator on five National Partnership Programmes in the 1990s.

He stepped down as General Secretary of Congress in 2001 and for 10 years worked on the promotion of organisational change in the public and private sectors as Executive Chair of the National Centre for Partnership and Performance.

He is chair of the Holocaust Education Trust and of Action Aid Ireland which focuses on projects in Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Uganda) and in South East Asia (Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia)