John joined COPE Galway as the Chairman in 2008. Through his vision and his action orientated approach, John was the key driving force behind placing COPE Galway firmly on the map of the hearts and minds of the people of Galway.
Our new and vibrant logo, launched as part of our development plan in November 2008, has given us a positive and professional image with which to engage more deeply with the community and to invite them to “Lets Help Together” to reduce isolation in our communities.
John has given COPE Galway the confidence to aim high and to seek to collaborate and form partnerships at the highest levels of our community. John spearheaded the most notable of our achievements in this regard resulting in the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding with NUI Galway in 2009.
John is hugely supportive of the work of COPE Galway, and while operating at the highest levels both nationally and internationally, John never misses an opportunity to bring to the fore the work we are doing, and to forge new and strong connections to assist us in our work.
John is Director of Market Development with Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland, a position he took over in 2009. Previous to this, John worked as a Regional Director in Fáilte Ireland. The directorate of market development is responsible for developing Ireland as a high quality tourism destination through its ‘home holiday’ campaign, overseas promotions, international familiarisation trips, publicity, business tourism, sporting and cultural festivals and events, web marketing and tourist information.
John is a graduate of NUI, Galway and holds a Masters degree in Business Studies, a Bachelors degree in Commerce and a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Marketing Practice. In 2004, he was appointed Chief Executive of Ireland West Tourism after holding a range of roles with Unilever PLC and Dubarry of Ireland. John was recently awarded the accolade ‘Irish Marketer of the year’ for his work relating to the marketing of Ireland as a tourist destination.