Hugh O’Connor, CEO, Age Friendly Ireland
Established in January 2014 as an intermediary organisation, Age Friendly Ireland coordinates the now national Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme. The Programme brings together, supports and provides technical guidance to the 31 local authority-led, multiagency Age Friendly City and County Programmes.
The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is Ireland’s adaptation of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Age Friendly Cities and Communities model. Age Friendly Ireland is hosted by Dublin City Council on behalf of the Irish local government sector.
Hugh has worked for over 15 years across a number of social policy, research and academic roles. Prior to joining Age Friendly Ireland Hugh was Director of the Dublin based management consulting firm OCS Consulting and specialised in the conduct of strategic planning, organisational development and social policy research studies on behalf of a range of private, public sector and not for profit bodies across Ireland.
Hugh is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Network of Age friendly Cities and Communities and the Department of An Taoiseach’s Steering Group on Smart Ageing. Previously Hugh lectured in research methods and strategic management and planning at the Institute of Technology, Carlow. Hugh graduated with a first class Bachelor of Business Studies and Master of Business Studies from UCD and the UCD Graduate School of Business.