Katherine O’ Sullivan, incoming President of Network Ireland West Cork for 2021, accepting the chain of office from outgoing president Caroline Murphy. Photo: Dermot Sullivan

Katherine takes West Cork reins

The new president of Network Ireland West Cork is ready for the challenge and hopes to empower members.

Katherine O’Sullivan was this week announced as the fourth West Cork branch President.

Speaking about her new role, Katherine said: “I am honoured to be elected the fourth President of Network Ireland West Cork. Together with the new committee, I hope to continue the great work of the previous presidents. I am ready for the challenge and the opportunity to share my knowledge and skills with others and to empower the committee and members to help each other and learn the benefits of giving back.”

Katherine is the general manager of Skibbereen company, O'Donnell Design Ltd, and won the 2019 Employee Shining Star Network Ireland National Award.

When asked about her plans for the year ahead, Katherine said: “I have a number of objectives for the year ahead. Developing the networking skills of our members in a Covid world is very important, which will result in bringing benefits of additional business and learning to our members.

“Also, I’m passionate about embracing West Cork and all it has to offer and I want to further reach out, highlight and support the incredible businesses all across West Cork.”

A mum of three, Katherine grew up on a dairy farm in Dunmanway and now continues a farming tradition with her husband, Mícheál, in Durrus. Her chosen charity for her year as president is Embrace Farm.

Katherine added: “I look forward to working with Embrace Farm, who do incredible work and I hope to not just raise funds for them but to create awareness for their amazing efforts in highlighting the importance of farm safety and the devastating impact of farm accidents on families.”

Outgoing president, Caroline Murphy, while handing over the chain of office, said: “2020 was a challenging year for so many, both in business and in our personal lives but through the work of Network Ireland and the marvellous committee, we saw our members not just survive but thrive in their businesses. Katherine and I have worked closely for a number of years and I know she will be a great leader and I wish her and the Network all the best in 2021.”

For more details on how to join, visit networkireland.ie/west-cork or follow @NetIrlWestCork on social media.