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.
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.
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.
Marion Chambers Higgins
Marian Chambers Higgins is a qualified solicitor who operated her own private legal practice for 20 years. She then worked as a Legal Consultant before being appointed as Legal Advisor to the Board of Directors of Ireland West Airport Knock. In 2013, Marian was appointed as County Registrar and Returning Officer for Elections for County Galway. She currently operates both of these full time roles. She is Chairperson of Luminosa Music Orchestra, was the first female Vice President of a Corinthians Rugby Club and is on the Board of Management for a primary school. Marian has raised funds for Concern and Galway Mental Health services.
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.
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.
Suzanne Moloney is the Founder and CEO of HidraMed Solutions, a company she founded in 2016. Prior to her current role, Suzanne owned and operated a commercial bakery in Dublin from 2012 to 2018. She began her career as a chef, trained in culinary arts, catering for health and subsequently confectionary arts. Suzanne has worked in small food suppliers, busy city restaurants, hospitals and her bakery. Suzanne is passionate about contributing to society in a positive way and using her skills, knowledge and abilities to have a social impact.
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.