Chairman, Federation of Irish Sport
Roddy is the Chairman of Wilson Hartnell and is the newest member to our Board, having been appointed in 2016. He has spent most of his career with WH joining the board in 1978. He went on to become Managing Director in 2003, overseeing a period of remarkable growth for the consultancy.
He has extensive experience across a range of sectors including planning issues and development projects, marketing/consumer PR and crisis communications. For the past two decades he has worked extensively on most of the major infrastructural projects for Irish sport.
A specialist in corporate public relations and sponsorships he has been involved in the creation and development of many major sponsorship partnerships, particularly in the sports area where he devised award winning sponsorships across a number of sports.
He has been active in the development of the Irish PR industry serving both as Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association and as President of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) . He was made an Honorary Fellow of the PRII in 2005.
Director of Sports Marketing Agency, Line Up (Sports Media Entertainment)
Maeve has had an impact on the sports sponsorship industry over a long period, and has worked with iconic teams and major projects such as Ryder Cup, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool FC. She has a deep understanding of the European and Irish sport industry, and works on strategic development with national governing bodies and European/international federations.
Maeve was previously a Board Member of the National Sports Campus, and was voted one of the Most Influential Women in Sport. She holds an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and has a BA (Hons) degree from UCC.
CEO, Sport for Business
Rob Hartnett is the founder and CEO of Sport for Business which was created in 2012 as a professional network of leaders that values intelligent analysis of what is working best in the commercial world of sport.
Hartnett is a regular commentator across mainstream media including RTÉ, Today FM, the Sunday Business Post, Sunday Independent, Newstalk and many more on areas ranging from the changing world of sports broadcast to the importance of leadership and governance.
He is respected as someone who understands the relationship between sport and business and is able to articulate that well through his Daily Sport for Business news Digest and through working with member companies across a wide range of topics.
Business Services Manager / Federation of Irish Sport
Sinead started her journey with the Federation of Irish Sport in October 2018, taking the role of Business Services Manager. As part of her duties, Sinead manages the relations, services and communications with the Federation’s member organisations. Her other responsibility lies in business development, to include group purchasing and shared services, facilitating peer networks and supporting the development of the commercial programme.
Prior to her appointment, Sinead worked as an Account Manager for marketing activations firm, Insight. Sinead has a background in Marketing, Communications and Event Management and holds an honours degree in Commerce from University College Dublin. She has extensive experience in client relationships, project management and sponsorship development, with a particular focus on sport. To date, Sinead has worked on national sponsorships including Vodafone and Irish Rugby, Lucozade Sport’s sponsorship of the FAI and IRFU and SSE Airtricity’s partnership with both the SSE Airtricity League and The Dublin Marathon.
In her spare time, Sinead is a passionate sports fan and spends most weekends supporting her home town club of St Maurs.