Our Board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of COPE Galway.
Their principal function is to ensure that the organisation has clear direction in delivering our 2020-2025 Strategy and that we are impactful in achieving our mission. The COPE Galway Board manages the organisation, with operational responsibility delegated to our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Smyth, who is supported by our Leadership Team.
COPE Galway board members volunteer their time, experience and skills to direct and support our work.
Padraic Timon, Chair
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.
Customer Services Representative
Ashling Heaney, Vice Chair
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.
Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill
Máire Treasa brings a wealth of media experience as a TV presenter, conducting live broadcasts and high profile MC events and represents COPE Galway “as gaeilge”. Over the past 11 years, Máire Treasa has been involved in live broadcasts and events including 'Rugbaí Beo' on TG4, the popular series 'Féilte: Slí an Atlantaigh', Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and she was one of the six broadcasters nominated for the 'Rising Star Award' at the 2016 IFTA GALA television Awards.
Ciara Greaney is Group Director of Operations for CMS Distribution where she manages multiple supply chain, customer service and planning and forecasting teams. Her role focuses on scaling and automating operations in a diverse and growing company. Previously Ciara was International Controller in Avaya with global responsibility for a $190m portfolio of lease assets. She is a fellow with ACCA, certified as a project manager with PMI 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.
Cormac is the Internal Auditor at NUI Galway where he has responsibility for internal audit and risk management. Cormac is a qualified accountant (ACCA) with extensive experience specialising in internal control, audit, governance and risk. Prior to joining the University, Cormac worked for Mazars Galway, providing internal and external audit and consultancy services to a range of clients including charities and publicly funded organisations. Previously he has held internal audit positions in PWC and AIB. Originally from Cavan, Cormac lives in county Galway with his family.
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.