COPE Galway Leadership Team

Meet the people on our leadership team

Our experienced leadership team guide COPE Galway towards achieving our vision of improving people’s quality of life, in a home of their own, across our Services.

Reporting to our board of directors, they provide strategic leadership for COPE Galway’s governance, management, services, development, fundraising and finance teams.


Jacquie Horan

Our CEO provides leadership to COPE Galway and is responsible for its management, oversight and governance as set out by our Board of Directors. She has worked with COPE Galway for over 20 years, after working in the disability and mental health field. Jacquie is passionate about involving the whole organisation and the community of Galway towards achieving our vision.

Assistant CEO & Head of Operations

Martin O’Connor

Martin oversees the development and delivery of operations across COPE Galway’s services. An ardent advocate for people who are homeless, he also engages in media and political spaces, advocating for change that will see the wider range of issues affecting those we work with addressed.  He has worked with COPE Galway since 1997 prior to which he worked in the UK in the area of homelessness and housing.

Dr Carol Baumann

Head of Domestic Abuse Service

Dr Carol Baumann

Carol joined COPE Galway in 2018 and leads COPE Galway’s Domestic Abuse Service.  With a BSc Management from Trinity College Dublin, and a PhD from NUI Galway, Carol has extensive experience in the NGO sector, bringing her commitment to social justice to every role she held. She is a firm believer in the right of every person to bodily integrity and safety at home, and leads our DA Service with this vision.

Head of Development

Sharon Fitzpatrick

Sharon is COPE Galway’s Head of Development, responsible for fundraising, marketing, commercial revenue and new business development.  Sharon has over 20 years’ experience of the non-profit and private sectors in Ireland and the UK, and outside of work, her time is spent raising family, and combining her interests in travel and long distance running.

Head of Finance

Neil McNeill

Neil is COPE Galway’s Head of Finance, leading the accounts team within the organisation, having joined in 2017. After graduating from NUI Galway where he obtained a degree in Commerce, Neil went on to train and qualify as a Chartered Account in 2004 with BDO Ireland. Over the course of his career, he has held various financial roles with companies such as Lifes2good and CMS Distribution.

Geraldine Ryan, COPE Galway

Manager, Community Catering & Meals4Health

Geraldine Ryan

Geraldine joined our Senior Support Service in 2008. She leads Community Catering’s product and service innovation, achieving national awards for innovation in the social care sector for addressing the social care and nutritional needs of older people and supporting independent living at home. Geraldine is co-founder of  Meals4Health, COPE Galway’s social enterprise provides nutritional and social care services, reinvesting surpluses into achieving the social objectives of Senior Support Services.

“I want to help build a society that cares for, values and supports our older people.”