Meet the Geopark Team
The Geopark team are supported by and report to a Steering & Advisory Committee comprising representatives of all the groups who have an interest and a stake in protecting the Burren Region. Our partners
Manager, The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark
Carol Gleeson drives all aspects of the GeoparkLIFE and Geopark Programmes. She develops strategic vision, initiates projects, secures funding, liaises with funding agencies, partners and stakeholders, manages the operations and co-ordination of the programmes, and represents the Geopark and GeoparkLIFE programmes on the European Geoparks Network and the EU LIFE UK and Ireland National Platform
Eamon’s role has a strong education focus which see him developing, managing and implementing a research, education and archive programme in association with international and local educational organisations, involving liaison with universities, support for the Caherconnell Geology Field School, the creation of research programmes for the Young Scientist Exhibition, and providing training/educational programmes and field trips.
Eamon develops the Geopark’s Heritage trails programme which highlights the geology and heritage of the towns and villages of the Geopark as well as the interpretive panels at the Geosites. He liaises with the Geological Survey of Ireland and co-ordinates the research required for the Geological Survey’s input into the GeoparkLIFE project. Eamon also organizes the Burren Rocks festival.
Sustainable Tourism Coordinator
Tina’s focus is on the tourism agenda of the GeoparkLIFE programme and works on facilitating the implementation and assessment of the Geopark Code of Practice for tourism businesses. She coordinates and monitors the comprehensive training programme that facilitates participants to meet the Geopark Code of Practice.
Tina assists with the networking, packaging, marketing & promotion of tourism businesses who meet the Geopark Code of Practice and assists with the recruitment to the Burren Ecotourism Network, including communicating the case for network membership and 3rd party certification. Tina also coordinates the award-winning Burren Food Trail.
Visitor Management Coordinator
Zena’s focus is the conservation agenda of the GeoparkLIFE tourism for conservation programme. Zena is evaluating visitor impacts on 7 key demonstration sites in the Geopark and is developing, in collaboration with relevant site management organisations, a schedule of works for mitigation measures at each site along with a future monitoring and management plan for each of the sites.
Zena also works with community groups and agencies to develop and co-ordinate training programmes in conservation practice and awareness of local heritage.
GeoparkLIFE Community Engegement Coordinator
Joanne’s role in the GeoparkLIFE is to coordinate the community stakeholders as they participate in active conservation in the Burren. Her focus is on developing the skills base of the groups she works with in the understanding, management and conservation of natural and cultural heritage which reinforce the tourism and conservation management components of the project.
The key feature of her work is to coordinate and monitor the active conservation efforts of six chosen case studies. She follows and documents their progress and will work to create transferrable toolkits for community groups engaging in active conservation projects. As well as this, Joanne’s work with UCD as a project partner also involves looking at the policies that impact on the actions of the case study groups and how these policies are being implemented with a view to making recommendations for the future.
Laura is responsible for the communication of the GeoparkLIFE project: between the GeoparkLIFE team, the partner agencies and local stakeholders along with communicating the GeoparkLIFE project activities and outcomes to local, national and international stakeholders and visitors, raising the project’s profile at visitor centres & information points, in publications and on signage. Laura is also responsible for organizing conferences and media updates along with managing the Geoparks social media and online presence, creating content for the website, Facebook and twitter accounts.
Laura’s other remit is developing, implementing and measuring a marketing campaign for the destination and the experiences and products within, along with co-ordinating the development of the activity experiences and products, with the GeoparkLIFE Sustainable Tourism Co-ordinator and Burren Ecotourism Network.