Head of Enterprise, Sligo County Council/Local Enterprise Office
John heads up the Local Enterprise Office which delivers a range of supports to small businesses, ranging from financial supports (grant aid, online trading vouchers and loans through Micro Finance Ireland) to training, mentoring, advice and enterprise promotion, including to second level students. His Office is also involved in initiatives ranging from promoting business to Rhode Island, USA to cross-border programmes, development of tourism and enterprise-related infrastructure and workspace, and securing funding from external sources for enterprise and tourism development. Through his membership of Sligo County Council’s Senior Management Team and various other national and local bodies and committees, he inputs strategically to enterprise and economic development locally and nationally. He also holds a number of directorships of not for profit companies.
Previously, John worked in Government Departments in areas such as electronic commerce, small business policy, vocational training, customs & excise and on a broad spectrum of legislation at both national and EU levels. He also spent some time in the private sector.