Our Board of Directors

Members of the COPE Galway Board

Our Board of Directors are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.

All our board members volunteer their time, and offer a diverse range of experience and knowledge to support and direct our work.

CHAIR, Business Representative

Eamon Bradshaw (Chair)

Eamon joined the board as our new Chairman in October 2017. He is the Planning and Development Project Director of Port of Galway, a role that brings him into constant contact with government agencies and businesses in Galway. Eamon supports many local charities, sporting bodies, and community groups including COPE Galway.

Hannah Kiely COPE Galway board

Governance Representative

Hannah Kiely

Hannah Kiely is a director of HC Financial, former CEO of Galway 2020, and a past president of Galway Chamber.  Hannah holds a Diploma and Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. She has been involved with COPE Galway for many years and in particular areas such as the annual Business Sleepout, the new Domestic Abuse refuge and governance of the organisation.

HR Representative

Sean Silke

Sean is a Human Resources & Executive Coaching Consultant with over 30 years of senior level experience in Management Development, Employee Relations, and Leadership. He remains totally committed to lifelong learning and recently competed a Masters in Sports Psychology to support his passion for both sports and life coaching. Sean helps to formulate and implement strategies to guide the COPE Galway achieve our vision.

Marketing & Communications Representative

Paul Dilger

Marketing & Communications Representative Paul Dilger has worked in sales, marketing and communications for over 25 years. Paul’s business M4 Marketing provides sales and marketing consulting expertise to both early stage and established companies. Involved with COPE Galway since 2011, Paul is secretary of Athenry Community Council and is a keen sports player and fan.

Business Representative

John Royliston

John is a self-employed Chartered Management Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in the financial services sector. John’s previous roles have involved work in the areas of Investment Management, Risk Management and Financial Control.

Older People’s Representative

Deirdre Squires

Deirdre has a medical background, general practice with a special interest in Geriatrics - a speciality that focuses on the health care of elderly people. She also volunteers in our Community Catering kitchen, which prepares and delivers meals to individuals, and Community Lunch Clubs for older people in Galway City and County.

Staff Representative

Paudie Cunningham

Padraig joined the board in 2016. He has worked with COPE Galway since 1996 and remains committed to advocating for the most marginalized and vulnerable in our community. He is a Team-leader in Fairgreen hostel, where he engages with rough-sleepers, while exploring aspects of addiction and mental health. As a board member, he is able to forward current issues affecting our frontline services.

Business Representative

Adrian Callanan

Adrian has been actively involved with COPE Galway services since 2010 and is currently chairman of the Property and Finance subcommittee. He is a Civil Engineering graduate from Queens University, Belfast. He has extensive experience in the property development industry, in Ireland and overseas.

Legal & Advocacy Representative

Connie Healy

Connie Healy has been lecturer in Law at NUI Galway since 2015, and prior to that, at the University of Limerick. She is an accredited mediator, a trained collaborative lawyer, and practised as a solicitor for a number of years. Her doctoral thesis for her PhD (2014) was entitled "Resolution of Conflict in Family Law Matters: An Alternative and Child-Inclusive Approach".

Diocesan Representative

Father Joe Roche

Father Joe was ordained in 1987 and has served in parishes around Galway City and County,  and County Clare. He is currently working in Ardrahan and Kilchreest.

Seamus Lennon - Board Member

Seamus Lennon

Seamus is Head of Department of Biopharmaceutical & Medical Science at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). Prior to that, Seamus held various roles within the Pharmaceutical / Biopharmaceutical industry and remains a consultant in the area of Quality to the Pharma, Biopharma and Medical Device sectors. Seamus is Chairperson of Shark Swimming Club in Galway city.