Appointed September 2013
Tim O’Connor runs his own advisory business providing strategic advice and support to companies and organisations. His clients cover a range of sectors from financial services to renewable energy. He also holds several voluntary positions, including Vice Chairmanship of Limerick National City of Culture 2014. He is the out-going Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Gathering Ireland 2013. He worked in the Irish Public Service from 1972 to early 2010, most recently as Secretary General to the President of Ireland.
His career also included almost 30 years in the Irish Diplomatic Service, in the Department of Foreign Affairs. A large portion of his career was spent working on the Northern Ireland Peace Process, including the Good Friday Agreement. He was the inaugural Joint Secretary of the North/South Ministerial Council (based in Armagh, Northern Ireland), established under the Agreement. He has also served terms as Director of the Africa Unit and of the Human Rights Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs. His foreign postings included the Embassies of Ireland in Bonn and Washington DC and most recently, from 2005-2007, he was Consul General of Ireland in New York, USA, with the rank of Ambassador.
From Killeedy in West Limerick, and educated at St Munchin’s College, Limerick, Tim is the holder of Honorary Doctorates from NUI Maynooth, the University of Ulster and Quinnipiac University (Connecticut, USA).