The Authority of Fáilte Ireland has selected Tom Coughlan to serve as Interim Chair of the National Tourism Development Authority. Tom will serve as Interim Chair until Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin TD appoints a Chairperson following the conclusion of the selection process which is ongoing at present.
Tom has been a member of the Fáilte Ireland Authority since 2018 and has extensive senior public sector management and leadership experience.
Tom Coughlan Biography:
Tom Coughlan has extensive senior public sector management and leadership experience. He has worked in a number of local authorities including as Chief Executive of Clare County Council and has been involved in a wide range of tourism related developments.
He was appointed to the Authority of Fáilte Ireland in 2018 and is Chairperson of the Investment Committee of the Authority. He is currently the Chairperson of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and served previously as Chairperson of the Health and Safety Authority (2016-2023). Tom is also a non-executive director of Eirgrid PLC and SONI (NI) and has served as non-executive director of the Shannon Group Plc and the Shannon Airport Authority.
Tom has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, a Professional Certificate in Corporate Governance and has completed the Senior Executives Leadership Programme in Harvard University.