Dr Deiric O’Broin has been appointed as Chairperson of the Pobal Board by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T.D.
Dr. O’Broin, has served as a member of the Board since 2013 and has worked in local economic and community development for over 25 years.
He is Chairperson of the All-Ireland Branch of the Institute of Economic Development, a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Branch of the International Regional Studies Association, an advisor to the Irish Social Enterprise Network and the Director of NorDubCo, a regional think tank based in Dublin City University. He is also an academic and lecturer with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).
His experience with local economic and community development has included working with local communities, with local development agencies including LEADER, with Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and with local authorities.
Dr. O’Broin serves as Chair of the Ballymun Town Civic Alliance, as secretary of the North Dublin Chamber of Commerce as well as being a member of Dublin’s Local Community Development Committee and Social Enterprise Committee.
Dr. O’Broin said:”I am privileged to be nominated to Chair the Board of Pobal. As Chairperson, my approach will be to provide leadership and oversight of our future strategy and policies, in particular on implementing Government policy on social inclusion and early years. A key strategic priority for me will be ensuring that Pobal continues to deliver a highly efficient service for managing Government grants and payments to communities, one that is underpinned by high standards in accountability, in financial management, and in the support we provide to all those we work with.”
Ellen Drumm, President of North Dublin Chamber said "Deiric has served as many years as Secretary of North Dublin Chamber, and indeed has been a mainstay in the organisation. His advancement as Chair of Pobal is well deserved"