Tomás Ó SÍOCHÁIN
Western Development Commission, Ireland
Tomás Ó Síocháin is CEO of the Western Development Commission [www.westerndevelopment.ie] a state agency promotes the Western Region, provides policy analysis, is leading the development and rollout of the National Hubs Network / connectedhubs.ie and manages the €75m Western Investment Fund with includes the dedicated Western Region Audio-visual Producers (WRAP) Fund. Tomás was a broadcast journalist, producer and editor with Irish national broadcasters RTÉ and TG4 between 1998 and 2013. He held a number of senior roles in NUI Galway during which time he led the integration of Shannon College of Hotel Management into the university. He is a law graduate with a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications, an MBA and is a non-executive director of GrowRemote and Future Mobility Campus Ireland. He is a member of the National Hubs Network Steering Group and the National Remote Work Strategy Implementation Group. Formerly, he was the inaugural Chair of the Regional Skills Forum West, Chair of the WDC Whitaker Institute Remote Work Expert Group and an External Assessor for the Broadcast Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund. Tomás will take up the role of CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta in December 2022.