Born in Tipperary, Denis is currently the Chief Executive of Horse Sport Ireland having recently moved from the same position in Macra na Feirme. He holds qualifications in IT, sustainable rural development and business studies and has completed an executive MBA at NUIG.
Prior to taking up the Macra na Feirme position Denis was a senior regional development executive with Enterprise Ireland. His role at the organisation included encouraging and supporting business start-ups and providing guidance to new developing businesses.
Ciaran is currently the Managing Director of Community Engagement Partners Limited having retired as the Development Manager of LIT in 2016. He has a background in sociology, town planning, rural development and governance.
He worked as a local authority planner for over 20 years and was The Planning and Development Officer for County Clare for 13 years. He was formerly the Head of the Sustainable Rural Development, Department at Tipperary Institute.