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Chief Executive Officer, Irish Local Development Network

We recently managed the appointment of Chief Executive Officer to the leadership team of the Irish Local Development Network CLG (ILDN). Please go to Current Opportunities to discover our latest assignments.

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The Irish Local Development Network CLG (ILDN) is the representative body for Ireland’s Local Development Companies. These 49 not-for-profit groups are the largest providers of community development, social inclusion & antipoverty services in Ireland. Through the work of its members ILDN is building inclusive, vibrant communities to provide better life chances for people in every part of Ireland. The Board of ILDN Ireland is seeking to appoint a highly motivated & experienced person to lead the Network into the next stage of its development & drive its ambitious plans for the future.


Reporting to the Chairperson of the Board of ILDN, the Chief Executive Officer will take responsibility for the strategic & operational management of the Network. This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about improving outcomes for communities experiencing many challenges and those who are most at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

Location flexible: Option to be based at one of the 49 Local Development Companies nationwide.


You are an experienced leader with strong organisational skills & experience of dealing with professional networks or membership associations.

You possess a high level of knowledge & experience of policy development & the delivery of Government & EU funded or similar programmes.

You are highly motivated & share a vision with ILDN members that local development delivered on an area basis by NGO’s is a key element in building a better, fairer, & more prosperous society for all.

As the public face of ILDN, you will have highly developed communication & advocacy skills & are capable of engaging & influencing a wide range of internal & external stakeholders.

You have knowledge of the Local Development Sector in Ireland.

You will possess significant experience in developing, driving & delivering strategic plans.

Proven leadership, governance, finance & change management skills are also required.

To Apply:

Further information, including details on how to apply are available on

If you feel you would benefit from a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Seán McDonagh, Partner, Lansdowne Executive Search on or 087 796 1062.

Closing date for applications is Friday 20th May 2022.

ILDN is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act.

Irish Local Development Network is supported by the Scheme to Support National Organisations which is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Rural & Community Development.


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