The Western Development Commission has appointed Mary Duffy, a native of Ballaghaderreen Co. Roscommon, as its new financial controller. This is a new role for the WDC which has a wide portfolio including the €78 million Western Investment Fund, the National Hub Network Connected Hubs, European funding for projects across the region and others.
After an extensive recruitment process, Mary has taken up the role and will work from the WDC office in Ballaghaderreen. Mary is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland having completed her accountancy training with PricewaterhouseCoopers. During her career to date, Mary has gained vast experience working in a number of finance roles in professional services and commercial industries. Prior to joining the Western Development Commission, Mary held the role of Chief Operating Officer in a global technology company headquartered in Dublin.
Commenting on her appointment, Mary said: “I feel very fortunate to be returning to work in the place where I grew up in the West of Ireland. I am delighted to be joining the Western Development Commission and being part of an organisation that plays such a key role in providing economic supports to businesses and communities as well as informing and promoting government policy to improve the social and economic standards of the western region”.
Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO of the Western Development Commission, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mary to the team. As a chartered accountant her extensive experience over many years her appointment is timely given the significant growth of the WDC in recent years. The WDC investment fund has grown significantly, the National Hubs Network/connectedhubs.ie being led by the WDC from the west, and national and EU funded projects of scale together create a project portfolio of more than €100 million from Donegal to Clare along the Atlantic coast”.