John Smith, the new CEO of Nano Nagle Place.

New CEO for Nano Nagle Place

A vibrant, welcoming and sacred place of living heritage has a new CEO.

John Smith has been appointed as the CEO of South Presentation Centre which operates as Nano Nagle Place.

The appointment comes after the departure of former CEO Shane Clarke. A Cork native with over 25 years’ experience in the private and not for profit sectors, he spent his early career working with EMC Dell in Ovens.

Having taken time out to study for an MA in Development Education and Community Development, he joined the Development Education Team in Trócaire. During his time there, John led teams responsible for delivery of the development education programme, advocacy campaigns, church community engagement, digital and traditional communications and policy and advocacy and volunteer programmes.

For the past 5 years, he has worked as part of Trócaire’s Executive Leadership Team, responsible for the delivery of their strategic framework.

Nagle founded schools for the Catholic poor in Cork at a time when Catholic education was illegal under the Penal Laws.

Today, the site continues the same mission into the 21st century, providing support and care for people in need. Opened by former president Dr Mary McAleese, in 2017 Nano Nagle Place celebrates Nano Nagle’s vision of empowerment through education and social justice and it has become a hub for culture and community in Cork.

John said: Nano Nagle Place is an oasis in the heart of Cork city. I am looking forward to working with the talented and passionate Nano Nagle Place team, Board, and stakeholders as we look ahead to the future with ambition and optimism.”

Pat Ledwidge, Chair of South Presentation Centre’s Board said: “I’m delighted that John has commenced duty as CEO.

“As Nano Nagle Place enters its next phase of development, the Board looks forward to working closely with John and his team.”