Roddy Gaynor is a
lecturer in Business of Sport Studies at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, a
position he has held since January 2000. His main areas of expertise are in
relation to sports planning and strategy; sport policy and development; and sports
management and marketing.
to his lecturing role at I T Sligo he is also actively involved with the
following: Academic Council; Sports Scholarship Committee; Student Finance
Committee; Institute Athletics Club and is the recognised public relations
advisor in relation to all matters of sport.
Roddy has recently stepped down as
Chairman of the Bachelor Business (Recreation & Leisure) Programme Board, a
role he maintained for 15 years.
continues to play an active role in collaborating with community sporting
bodies throughout the region in assisting with sport development strategies.
previously worked in the Irish sports industry for 18 years, having been
involved at local, regional and national level. Having commenced his career in
the area of sports facility management, he was then appointed as Chief
Executive of the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM Ireland), a
role he maintained from 1989 to 1999. ILAM Ireland was the national body put in
place by the Minister for Sport with regard to the development of the Irish
sports facilities sector.
During his time with ILAM
Ireland, he was actively involved in planning and development of national sports
policy and strategy in conjunction with the Minister for Sport and the Irish
Sports Council. He was also the retained advisor to three different Ministers
for Sport in relation to sports facilities planning and management in Ireland.
While with ILAM Ireland,
Roddy also provided a key leadership role to the emerging Irish Leisure
industry in respect of the development of industry agreed standards, the
coordination of a professional development programme and the establishment of a
professional network for all leisure facility operators. He also established
a consulting company Park Leisure Ltd. that provided a range of expert advice
to the public and private sector in respect of facility planning. On a personal
level, he has been involved with 26 different local authorities and over 40
community groups and sports clubs in advising regarding all aspects of leisure
facility planning, management and sport strategy.
In addition to managing the
affairs of ILAM (Ireland) he was involved in:
- advising the Minister for Sport
and the Sports Section of the Department of Education on sports facility
planning and management from 1990 to 1999;
- the development of Ireland¿s
first National Sports Strategy (Targeting Sporting Change) in 1997, where
he was chairman the Sports Facilities Planning Committee;
- As project manager of the
National Leisure Facilities Operation Standards Working Group in 1998;
- Member of the Irish
Sports Council, People with a Disability in Sport Taskforce and chairman
of its facilities review group in 1996;
- Board member of The Irish
Sports Council 1992 to 1999.
Roddy holds a Masters of Business
Administration which he received from The Open University in the United Kingdom
in1998. He previously was awarded a Bachelor Science in Education (Physical
Education) from Pittsburg State University, USA in1982 where he was on studying
on an athletics scholarship.