COPE Galway Board of Directors
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. They have a leading role in delivering the COPE Galway 2020-2025 Strategy.
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.
Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill
Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill is the well-known face of 'Rugbaí Beo' on TG4. An experienced TV presenter, she has been involved in media for the past eleven years, including live broadcasts, and high profile MC events, including the popular series 'Féilte: Slí an Atlantaigh'. In 2016 Máire Treasa took centre stage at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for IFTA award winning 'Fleadh TV' and in the same year she was one of the six broadcasters nominated for the 'Rising Star Award' at the IFTA GALA television Awards. Another passion of hers is health and wellness and she co-hosted a “Wellness Workshops” in Athlone and Galway.
Communications & Media Representative
After a successful 18 year career in the media industry, working for some of the world's largest publishing companies including DMG, Bauer and the Telegraph Group, Ariana embarked on a new path working for herself. She is now a life coach, business coach and confidence coach, and also works in freelance sales and does corporate consulting for various companies. Ariana is an accomplished public speaker and lectures with the DMAI, Fitzwilliam Institute, Mindstream and the IECS teaching a range of courses. She is also a trained celebrant, and has a monthly coaching column in Irish Country Magazine.
Ciara Greaney is the International Controller in Avaya with global responsibility for managing leasing with a portfolio of lease assets of $190m. She has extensive experience in finance process and control development. She is a fellow with ACCA with 11 years PQE, a certified project manager and in 2020 she completed her MBA in NUI Galway.
Colm Feeney set up SSL Logistics in 2000. He has worked both in industry and self-employment over the past 30 years. Before setting his own business, Colm worked for Nortel Networks for 20 years. During this time, he worked as Senior Manager in areas such as Customer Service, Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Over the past 12 years his company, SSL logistics, has developed a logistics and supply chain business supporting local and international companies and is recognised as a world-class provider of a range of value-added services.
Caroline Healy is Senior HR Manager at Medtronic. She has broad experience in learning and development, operations and quality as well as key competencies in coaching, change management, talent management and succession planning. Caroline's current role relates to employee relations across 3 Irish plants and a number of European operations, and responsibility for the Covid-19 staff response.
Customer Services Representative
Ashling Heaney is Associate Director for Customer Service in Wayfair, Galway. She has direct responsibility for a Customer Service team of 150, and is heavily involved in the scaling and optimization of Wayfair's Customer Service throughout Europe. She has a degree in Law and German from Trinity College Dublin and achieved her MBA from NUI Galway in 2019.
Education & Quality Representative
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.
Colette has worked in Emergency Accommodation Services with COPE Galway for 20 years, having initially joined the organisation to work with children at risk and homeless families. Having worked in frontline homeless services, predominantly with homeless women in Osterley Lodge, Colette has developed a particular interest in trauma and mental illness as well as the psychology of addiction. Colette completed a languages degree in UCD before studying Social Care in NUI Galway, and has significant experience in staff welfare, development and training.
Enda Mc Guane is a highly experienced property professional with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. Enda is currently the Managing Director of Winters Property. He is also a member of Galway County Council’s Housing Strategic Policy Committee and Chambers Ireland Housing Taskforce, Property Industry Ireland’s Market Supply and Demand Committee as well as the CIF’s Western and Midlands Infrastructure Forum. Enda is a frequent commentator on housing issues in the media and a regular speaker at housing policy conferences.
Colm is a Senior Partner at O'Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers and has been a very good supporter of COPE Galway for many years including taking part in a number of business sleep outs. Colm also has supported a number of other fundraising events and is very well known and connected in Galway.
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.
Padraic joined COPE Galway’s Board in 2019 bringing with him many years of international business experience. A Dublin native, Padraic grew up in Salthill, graduating from NUIG with a B. Comm and later an MBA. He set up Chameleon Colour Systems in 1992 and is a member of the Regional committee of IBEC. Still an active sports participant and fan, Padraic trained and managed local under age teams for many years.