Our Team

John Magee

John MageeHead of Mayo Enterprise (Acting), John’s primary focus is to further develop Mayo’s indigenous enterprise sector. John brings a breadth of experience and knowledge of the sector and an excellent working relationship with many of the small businesses in the County to the Local Enterprise Office. His work will include providing a strategic overview of the challenges and opportunities that face the County’s businesses and then working across the entire LEO team to develop and roll out accessible and pragmatic responses to these challenges and opportunities.

Previously, John spent 11 years with Mayo County Development Board, where his work overseeing the Board’s 10-Year Integrated Strategy included establishing initiatives such as Mayo Ideas Lab, Mayo Ideas Week and Mayo Science & Technology Festival. A key focus was also the fostering of a collaborative approach to inter-agency activity in the County.

Prior to joining Mayo County Council, John worked in a number of positions, including the LEADER Partnership Company in Sligo as well as in the retail and banking fields. John’s academic background includes a BA in Sociology & Geography, a Masters in European Social Policy Analysis (both from NUI Maynooth) and Certificates in Managing Change and Local Government Studies.
 


Tanya Whyte

Tanya Whyte-StanawayAs Senior Enterprise Development Officer (Acting) Tanya has specific responsibility for assisting the Head of Local Enterprise in delivering a number of national and local initiatives and services to assist start up and expanding micro enterprises. Tanya is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the Local Enterprise Office.

Tanya is also responsible for the development of the Food Sector in Mayo, including offering a suite of supports and development programmes to Mayo’s many emerging and vibrant food businesses. She also works across a series of other enterprise initiatives, thus helping to support sustainable job creation in the County.

A graduate of Queens University, Belfast and previously a member of Mayo County Council’s Development Management Section and Forward Planning Section for over thirteen years, Tanya was involved in preparing and implementing local and national strategic planning policy. Tanya’s studies also included a dissertation on the reuse of the Achill-Westport Railway line, now the Great Western Greenway. In 2012 Tanya completed a Management Development course with the IPA.

A native of Westport and embracing and promoting all that is great about ‘The Best place to Live in Ireland’ as voted by the Irish Times 2012, Tanya enjoys networking, walking, cycling, water sports, cooking, and exploring local histo


Paula PrendergastPaula Prendergast

Joining initially to take responsibility for the administration and financial management of the County Enterprise Board, Paula’s role has now evolved into providing critical support to the LEO. Her primary focus is on the administration and management of all financial aspects of the Local Enterprise Office. She will also act as a ‘first point of contact’ for businesses seeking general business advice.

A qualified accountant, Paula will draw on her years of experience gained working in a number of areas in Mayo County Council, including Motor Tax, Finance, and Community & Integrated Development where she worked on significant projects like the EU Rural Alliances Project and the Community Gain Investment Fund. In her down time, Paula enjoys walking and reading.


Pamela Conway

Pamela Conway

Pamela Conway returns to the LEO team as a Business Advisor and brings over ten years of experience from her time in the County Enterprise Board and various departments in Mayo County Council. Pamela’s role involves working closely with businesses, mentors and consultants with a view to ensuring the best match between the needs of each business and the various supports available through the LEO.

In her day to day role Pamela assists clients in assessing their business needs and matching those needs with the relevant grant support initiatives and training programmes available to them. This integrated package of support is geared towards businesses/clients at pre start-up, start-up stage and existing businesses.

The key financial supports that are available to enterprises are geared towards assisting these enterprises in business growth and ultimately in job creation. Other supports help businesses to set up websites, explore new markets for existing products or introduce new products to aid sustainability and the ongoing viability of their businesses.

A key focus for Pamela is working with businesses to identify how and where mentoring can play a significant role. Again, she looks at the specific business needs and creates a match where appropriate with a mentor in areas such as business set up, financial, marketing, e-commerce and strategic issues.

Outside of the office Pamela enjoys traveling, walking, reading and listening to music.


Mary Costello

Mary CostelloAs Client Liaison Officer at Mayo Local Enterprise Office, Mary is the face of the LEO, greeting all visitors to the office on their arrival. Providing administrative support to the team, Mary’s role is wide ranging, and includes co-ordination of the Enterprise Training Programme, Accounts Administration and Customer Care. In performing this role, Mary draws from her considerable experience to date in a number of organisations, including the Finance, Housing and Internal Audit Departments within Mayo County Council. Mary holds a Diploma in Community Development Practice.

Outside of work, Mary sits on the Board of Directors of Mayo Citizens Advice Centre and the Curam Family Centre. She also presents the ‘Community Focus’ programme on Claremorris Community Radio.  When not at her desk, Mary enjoys using the wonderful recreational and amenity park of Clare Lake and McMahon Park adjacent to Claremorris town.

 

 

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