The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) appoints Sinead Nealon as their new Executive Director

The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) is pleased to announce that Sinead Nealon has been appointed Executive Director of the Association.

Sinead Nealon
Most recently, Sinead held the position of General Manager of Campus Services at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland for over 12 years. During this time with Campus Services Sinead was responsible for the management of the student affairs activities, the commercial/trading operations including business planning and budgets, procurement, capital project management, sports facilities, human resource management and card services. Prior to her appointment as General Manager she held the position of Project and Human Resource Manager with Campus Services.

Sinead, who has held the position of Secretary General of ECCA for over 10 years, is very motivated, passionate and extremely diligent about her work and her broad range of skills and experience will help position ECCA in moving the association forward and delivering on its strategic plan “2020 Vision”.

"I am honoured and privileged to be appointed to the position of Executive Director with ECCA. I am excited by the challenge of leading this association into the future and continuing to work with the Board in delivering on their aims and objectives. I look forward to working with and assisting our educational and corporate members to ensure ECCA provides value to them. The evolution of technology

and the challenge of continuous change, makes ECCA, as an independent organisation, a necessity for promoting best practice in campus eID solutions. I look forward to meeting and communicating with existing and new members " said Sinead.

Ricardo Faria, the ECCA President, from the University of Porto, in welcoming Sinead stated that “On behalf of the Board of ECCA, it gives me great pleasure to announce Sinead as the new Executive Director. We are very fortunate to recruit someone of Sinead’s calibre with the broad management experience she has in the delivery of student services and commercial operations in the higher education sector. Sinead has served on our Board as ECCA Secretary General for a number of years, giving her first-hand knowledge of the association and a clear insight into the association’s future strategy. Sinead’s appointment will no doubt be a tremendous asset to the future of ECCA”

Dawn Thomas, Executive Director of NACCU (National Association of Campus Card Users) in the USA stated “I am very happy and honored to welcome Sinead Nealon as Executive Director of our European sister-association, ECCA. Sinead has an expert background, having served in a senior position in Campus Services at WIT, including 18 years of experience with campus card systems. Sinead has regularly attended NACCU since 2001, where our attendees have appreciated learning from her professional presentations and her high-level technical understanding of educational issues. Sinead’s knowledge and passion are evident. She has great understanding and appreciation for what it means to manage a card program on a university campus, and will serve ECCA’s members well in the future”.

About ECCA

ECCA was established in 2002, and has become the leading authoritative organisation that supports the development of European Campus ID credentials. The mission of the association is to assist educational institutions in the Member States of the European Union and other European countries to implement secure ID Credentials. In addition the association acts as a forum for interaction, networking and the development of partnerships between educational institutions and the campus card industry. Learn more at

As the only association serving the national and international campus card transaction industry, NACCU offers members infinite advantages in networking, developing partnerships, leveraging technology, problem solving, insight sharing and professional development. NACCU membership is open to all colleges, universities, secondary institutions and companies that are involved with the campus card market. The association offers a newsletter (CARDtalk), listserv, website, an annual conference and regional workshops on topics related to campus cards. Learn more at  


About Us

The mission of the association is to assist the institutions of higher education in the Member States of the European Union and other European Countries to implement and operate campus card programmes by facilitating information exchange, by developing European standards where appropriate and by acting as a forum for interaction between the institutions and other agencies with an interest in campus card applications in Higher Education.


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