Our Board of Directors

At COPE Galway, we are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors

Our Board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of COPE Galway.



Meet our current board members who volunteer their time to direct and support our work.

Padraic Timon COPE Galway Board

Business Representative

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.

Business Representative

Ashling McEllin, Vice Chair

Ashling has a background in customer service and operations management. In her most recent role at Wayfair, Galway, she had direct responsibility for a Customer Service team of 150, and was 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.

“I joined the Board shortly after taking part in the COPE Galway Business Sleepout in 2019. I met many people that night who spoke about how COPE Galway had helped them during the most difficult times in their lives. It is a real privilege to be involved with an organisation that does so much to help so many in our local community.”

Finance Representative

Ciara Greaney

Ciara Greaney is Group Director of Operations for CMS Distribution where she manages the middle office function. Her role focuses on scaling and improving operational processes in a diverse and growing company. Previously Ciara was International Controller in Avaya so has a variety of financial and cross functional management experience. She is a fellow with ACCA, certified as a project manager with PMI and in 2020 she completed her MBA in NUI Galway. 

“I was aware of the work COPE Galway was doing that benefitted many in the Galway community. I met some of the staff and was blown away by their dedication and determination to make a difference. I really wanted to get involved and contribute in some way using my own experience. It is an exceptional organisation, I am very proud to work with COPE Galway.” 

Business Representative

Colm Feeney

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 COPE Galway Board

HR Representative

Caroline Healy

Caroline Healy is an experienced senior human resource manager with broad experience in learning and development, operations and quality. Her key competencies include coaching, change management, talent management and succession planning. Caroline specialises in continuous improvement, high potential leadership development and integration with other HR processes. She is particularly interested in developing strategies that achieve a robust workforce through intentional career development processes resulting in an enhanced bench strength of motivated talent.

Legal Representative

Gerald Keys

Gerald joined our board in 2022, bringing 5 decades experience of the law as a Circuit Court Judge, Barrister and Law Lecturer.  He practiced as a Barrister on the Western Circuit from 1973 to 2002, specialising in Civil and Criminal Law. In 2002, he was appointed Circuit Court Judge and sat on the Flood and Mahon Planning Tribunals. From 2012 until his retirement in 2020 Gerald sat as a permanent Judge of the Circuit Court, sitting mainly on the South Western Circuit and dealing with Civil, Criminal and Family Law cases.

Cormac Kennedy COPE Galway board member

Business Representative

Cormac Kennedy

Cormac is the Internal Auditor in the University of Galway. 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. 
  
“I had previously worked with COPE Galway on a number of internal reviews and gained an understanding of the vital services they provide. As a Board of Director, my aim is that we ensure COPE Galway has both the governance structures and resources in place to meet the needs of its users and staff, comply with regulatory and best practice requirements and achieve its strategic objectives.”” 

Seamus Lennon COPE Galway Board

Education & Quality Representative

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.

Colette Mangan COPE Galway Board

Staff Representative

Colette Mangan

Colette has worked in emergency accommodation services with COPE Galway for over 20 years. She 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 health as well as the psychology of addiction. She completed a degree in languages at University College Dublin then studied Social Care at the University of Galway. She has significant experience in staff welfare, development and training; and currently manages the COPE Galway Community Based Housing, Winter Project. 

“I joined the COPE Galway Board to gain a perspective on how the organisation works from the board level and to bring the voice of COPE Galway frontline staff to the Board.” 

Business Representative

Colm O’Donnellan

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 COPE Galway Board

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.

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