Joanne Grehan – Director of Services, Mayo County Council


As Director of Services at Mayo County Council since October 2015, with responsibility for Planning, Communications, Economic and Community Development, Joanne Grehan is the first female Director appointed to the Local Authority.  The previous three years had seen Joanne in her post as Chief Executive Officer of Mayo Local Enterprise Office during which time she led the transition from The Mayo County Enterprise Board to the Mayo Local Enterprise Office.

Simultaneously, Joanne established the Enterprise and Investment Unit and has built it into one of the most potent Economic Development Units in the Country.  

As Director of Services, Joanne sits on the senior Management team of Mayo County Council, and is therefore uniquely placed to nurture a sustainable, pro-development environment which supports communities and enterprises in all sectors and promotes Mayo globally as a location of choice to live in, to do business in, to invest in and to visit.  Her key overarching objective is to support the development of communities and businesses and to grow employment within the County.

A strong advocate of strengthening links with the Mayo Diaspora and establishing partnerships for the good of the County Joanne is ideally positioned in her role to optimise international exposure for Mayo. Joanne has extensive experience in marketing, economic and social development having previously worked with the Western Development Commission, Stena Line, UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business and Dublin Institute of Technology.

An avid networker she believes passionately in the power of big ideas and in the potential of people, through partnership and collaboration at home and abroad.  Joanne also sits on the Boards of County Mayo Foundation, The Victoria House Foundation and The Muintir Mhaigh Eo International Enterprise Fund Ltd.

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