Tom Dowling Chairman

Tom Dowling is a former local government chief executive of Meath and Carlow County Councils, having held senior management positions in Dun Laoghaire Borough Council and Clare County Council. He is a Chartered Director and an internationally accredited Executive Coach, by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He is also a high-level strategic advisor, motivational speaker, and trusted confidant.

Tom’s distinguished, and varied career involving local and central government and the community, voluntary and commercial sectors, also included lecturing in HR at Post-Graduate level with the Institute of Public Administration. Tom has a keen interest in community development and is the founder and chair of the Pride of Place awards which is now in its 19th year. These awards are now the island of Irelands most prestigious community recognition awards. He is also strategic advisor and chair of the Bank of Ireland’s most enterprising town awards for the island of Ireland. He has recently been appointed chair of The Discovery Programme – Centre for Archaeology Research and Innovation, which is also all-island.