Interim Implementation Team in place in Donegal

AN Interim Implementation Team has been proposed and ratified to oversee the next step of the process after the review into Donegal GAA.

The Croke Park Review Group thanked Donegal GAA management committee for their “initial” response to the recommendations outlined, with submissions from a number of clubs set to be forwarded to the review committee.

Having considered the requirements for the Interim Implementation Team, a team, proposed by the Croke Park Review Group, was ratified at Monday’s meeting of Donegal County Committee.

Interim Head of Operations: Dr Billy Bennett

Interim Coaching support: Roger Keenan

Interim Governance and Finance support: Gerard Bradley

In a statement relayed on the Official Donegal GAA website, Chairman Fergus McGee explained that the review document was a starting point called for the county to unite in their efforts for the greater good of Donegal GAA.

Donegal GAA Coiste Bainisti now await a further invitation from the Review Committee ahead of the next step.

Meet the Donegal Interim Implementation Team…

Dr Billy Bennett
Billy is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar at Atlantic Technological University (ATU), having previously held the posts of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar; Head of School of Business; and Head of Teaching and Learning at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).

Billy chairs the Technological Universities EduCampus Governance Forum and the Board of Alcohol Forum Ireland. He is on the Board of Directors of the Central Applications Office (CAO); the Board of Directors of HEAnet; and is a member of the HEAnet Group Audit Committee. He is a member of the Quality and Qualifications Ireland Programmes and Awards Oversight Committee; the Technological Higher Education (THEA) Apprenticeship Committee; and the THEA Internal Audit Steering Group.

Roger Keenan
Roger is the Coach Education Manager with Ulster GAA and has led out on Coach Development in Ulster for the last 15 years. His club is Goirtín -Naoimh Pádraig who he represented as a player for over 30 years. He played for Queens University and Tyrone Seniors in the 1980’s and won a Philadelphia Championship with the Kevin Barry’s in 1984.

Roger has coached clubs in Tyrone to junior (Kildress), intermediate (Gortin) and senior championship (Carrickmore) success and captained his club to their only senior county final appearance in 1985. Roger has been involved in coaching Tyrone academies, County Minors and U-21s winning 2 All-Ireland titles with the Tyrone minors in 2008 & 10. He remains extensively involved in coaching with his club Gortin.

Gerard Bradley
Gerard is the retired Vice-Principal of Loreto Grammar School, Omagh having previously taught in St Colman’s Strabane. Gerard has extensive experience of developing training materials and programmes for teachers and GAA Officers especially in the use of MIS and other IT applications.

Gerard is also a member of Gortin St Patrick’s and Badoney Ladies club in Tyrone. Gerard is currently County IT Officer and a current member of County Sub-Committees including Finance, Coaching Review and Club Tyrone. During his time on Ulster Council, he was a member of the Ulster Management Committee. He is currently on the Ulster Finance Committee.

At National level Gerard has served on National Officer Development, IT, National Finance and Games Development Committees.

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