Our People

The office is staffed by a Regional Coordinator, a Regional Resource Efficiency Officer, a Technical Officer and a Regional Waste Prevention Officer.

Regional Co-ordinator – Hugh Coughlan

Hugh Coughlan has been working in Local Government for the last 25 years and has specialised in areas such as Housing & Corporate Services. He is currently assigned to the Waste Policy Division of Dublin City Councils Environment & Transportation Department and was part of the team tasked with the preparation of the Eastern-Midlands Region Waste Management Plan.  He has recently been appointed Regional Waste Management Coordinator for the Eastern Midlands Region and is heading up the newly established Regional Waste Management Office which will oversee the implementation of the Waste Plan.

Regional Technical Officer – Úna Fitzgerald

Úna is a chartered waste manager with particular expertise in waste policy and legislation, waste statistics and reporting, waste regulation and waste characterisation. She has also worked in landfill management and contaminated land. Úna is responsible for providing technical assistance to support the Regional Co-ordinator in implementing and achieving the objectives and targets of the Waste Management Plan, and for driving consistent enforcement across the region.

Regional Resource Efficiency Officer – Declan Breen 

Declan brings to the role expertise in policy analysis, waste management and policy implementation. He has worked on research projects  with various stakeholders across industry, government and education in the area of climate change. In this role, Declan has responsibility for promoting resource efficiency and circular economy throughout the Eastern-Midlands Waste Region through the participation in a range of projects and initiatives to help to realise the objects and targets of the Regional Waste Management Plan.

Regional Waste Prevention Officer – Dr. Joanne Rourke
Joanne has many years experience in environmental science, policy, research and communications, specialising in waste prevention and resource efficiency.  Joanne has responsibility for the promotion of waste prevention, reuse and recycling through the development of a range of activities and events throughout the region. In this role, she collaborates with a range of stakeholders to deliver the targets and objectives of the Waste Management Plan

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