At the Special Board Meeting of Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board on August 27, Mayo Sligo and Leitrim ETB formally appointed Dr. Katie Sweeney as Chief Executive.
Dr. Sweeney was immediately seconded to the Department of Education and Skills in the role of National Director for the Integration of Arts into Education, and Shaun Purcell was subsequently appointed to the position as Chief Executive.
Shaun grew up in Dublin, though his roots are in Louth. He lived in Kildare for a number of years before moving west to Sligo. Shaun was originally a teacher and was Principal of St. Finian’s Community College, Swords. He was Education Officer in Dublin VEC and subsequently CEO of Sligo VEC.
Following the death of MaryAnn Kane in Donegal VEC, Shaun was appointed as CEO to Donegal VEC. Following the amalgamation of the VECs in 2013 he was appointed Chief Executive of Donegal ETB. He relishes the opportunity of working back in Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim.