About us

The Meitheal is at the core of Grow Remote, meaning we were built by many hands over the past few years. In 2019, we raised government funding so that we could dedicate a team to continuing the community’s good work. Today, the board and executive team make up Grow Remote Ireland, a Company Limited By Guarantee.

If you think you’d like to work with us at Grow Remote then we’d love to hear from you. Email your CV to [email protected]

We’re growing fast and always hiring, even when we don’t have ads live. Instead, we snap up good people when we find them.

View our strategy and learn more about the “Theory of Change” that will help us achieve our mission

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John Evoy

General Manager

John was most recently a Senior Fund Manager at Rethink Ireland. Prior to this he was the founder of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. John has won a number of awards for his work with Men’s Sheds, and for his previous work in community development and social entrepreneurship, including an Irish People of the Year Award in 2015. 

John lives on a farm in Wexford with his wife Sarah and a fluffy cat.

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Cait McConn

Operations Manager

Cait is in charge of Operations at Grow Remote. Before joining the team, Cait set up and ran her own award-winning business for a decade. Cait has worked in community and business development for almost 15 years, actively promoting the economic and social development of her community with the aim of creating a better place in which to live, work and do business. She has an educational background in Business, Finance and Executive Coaching, she was President of Roscommon Chamber of Commerce and sat as a board member of Roscommon Local Enterprise Office. Cait lives in Roscommon town with her husband Eoin.

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Joanne Mangan

Employers Lead

Joanne engages with employers at every stage of their remote working journey. She manages our partnerships with Ireland’s leading remote-first organisations and helps employers who want to make the transition to remote. She is a regular media contributor on the topic of remote working and is passionate about the potential of remote work as a driver of equality, diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Grow Remote team she worked for a number of multinational technology companies, managing distributed teams and enabling channel partners.

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June Bolneo

Learning Experience Design Lead

June is in charge of Grow Remote’s training department. Originally from the Philippines, June moved to Lisbon, Portugal in 2016. She’s been working remotely since 2012 and has been teaching people how to work remotely ever since. She has worked with local government agencies in Portugal and Philippines as a Subject Matter Expert on how to implement national remote work initiatives to make remote and flexible work available and accessible to everyone. 

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Eoin Byrne

Learner Success Coordinator

Eoin is our Learner Success Coordinator. Before joining Grow Remote, Eoin was a researcher and lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he was awarded his PhD in Irish Studies in 2020. He is the recipient of several prestigious research funding fellowships and has been invited to speak in several countries across Europe and North America. He has extensive experience in designing and delivering courses at third level and for adult education, both online and in person, and in multilingual contexts.
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Dónal Kearney

Community Manager 

Dónal brings an eclectic background to his work supporting the Grow Remote community, combining a diverse skillset in group facilitation, grassroots community development and creative leadership. He has held positions with the United Nations in Geneva and human rights NGOs in Ireland, the UK and Bolivia. He is co-founder of his own non-profit and has toured and recorded as a professional artist through Japan, China, Europe and North America. A vocal advocate for social inclusion and access to culture, Dónal loves bringing people together offline and strives every day for local impact. He is passionate about promoting wellness and productivity among fellow remote workers, so if you’d like to find out more about the Grow Remote community, reach out to Dónal here.

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Graham Harron

Community Facilitator

 Graham leads on providing high-quality remote resources for our online community. After living and working away from home for +15 years, he relocated to rural Ireland and swapped a Central European downtown lifestyle and a multinational environment for the Wild Atlantic Way! As one of our first “Remote Work Ready” course graduates and a community member thereafter – combined with his previous experience of working in a distributed team, he is passionate about the social impact that remote work can have.

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Aisling Tighe

Recruitment Lead

Aisling helps employers to find the best remote talent on the island of Ireland. She is highly experienced in recruitment, including building her own recruitment business in London and as a manager for a recruitment company in Cork, specialising in logistics and supply chain. She also led the talent team of a floating offshore wind developer so is well versed in all parts of the recruitment life cycle.  Aisling has worked remotely (on and off!) since 2009 and is passionate about the benefits of remote work – from no longer having to commute to work every day, to having more time to spend with her family and in her community. She lives in Cobh with her family (and her dog of course).

The Board Of Directors

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Tracy Keogh


Tracy is a co-founder of Grow Remote and a recognised international leader in the world of remote.  Having 10+ years experience in technology startups, Tracy spent the last few years in community development in regional and rural Ireland. A graduate of economics and finance from the University of Limerick, Tracy formerly worked for Bank of Ireland having set up their innovation programmes in the west.

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John Riordan


John is Chairman of Grow Remote. He recently retired as Director of Support for Shopify. He also served as Chairman of Shopify International Ltd. and also serves on the board of Sanctuary Runners, the IRFU Commercial & Marketing committee and a number of technology start-ups. John led a variety of different customer support teams for Shopify, including groups in Ireland, Lithuania, Sweden, Canada as well as the Philippines, Japan and China. Most of John’s teams worked from home, a business model he has been an evangelist for over the last 20 years in the US, UK and Ireland. John spent much of his career in the US – working for Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Arise Virtual Solutions and US Airways. In 2010 John and his family returned to his hometown of Cork, Ireland where he now resides with his wife and family.

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Tomás Ó Síocháin

Tomás is CEO of the Western Development Commission www.westerndevelopment.ie. The WDC is a state agency, established under statute to promote economic and social development in the Western Region through, promotion, policy analysis, regional leadership, equity investment and lending via the €72m WDC Investment Fund. Tomás was previously External Engagement Programme Manager for NUI Galway where he led the integration of Shannon College of Hotel Management into NUI Galway. Prior to joining NUI Galway, he spent fourteen years as a journalist, editor and producer with RTÉ and TG4, working at home and abroad covering news, business and sport on television, radio and online. 

He is a law graduate of NUI Galway, holds a H. Dip in Applied Communications, an MBA and is a doctoral researcher in Information Systems. He is as an External Assessor for the Broadcast Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund, a board member of Future Mobility Campus Ireland, Galway Chamber, Gnó Mhaigh Eo and was the inaugural Chair of the Regional Skills Forum West. 

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Renate Kohlmann

With over 25 years in leadership roles, Renate Kohlmann embarked on the world of remote working as Senior Manager with Dell in 2004. Having lived and worked in Dublin, Bratislava and now Ballinasloe Galway, Renate has unique insights into the challenges for dwellers of both cities and rural towns. Founder of RK Consulting, Renate specialises in management support and mentoring. Renate sits on the steering group of The Pulse Club, a local network to support entrepreneurs, the Sales Professional Network, an industry partnership with Regional Skills West and leads the local Grow Remote chapter. While Director at Wayfair, Renate led the strategy for remote working culminating in the successful 2018 launch.
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Laura Hanlon

Laura Hanlon is a Product Offer Manager for Dell. She is a co-founder of Grow Remote from its initial formation in 2018 and passionate about helping people to achieve their career goals from any location. Laura previously worked in community at Techstars Startup Weekend as well as founding her own company in Galway city.

Laura is currently studying an MSc in Electronic and Computer Technology from DCU and a previous graduate of Sports and Exercise Engineering from NUI Galway.