ReCreate announce Emma Connors as new Chief Executive

ReCreate, the award-winning social enterprise which works to foster creativity and promote social inclusion while also having a positive impact on the environment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Connors as its new CEO.

Connors joins ReCreate from Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun, where she held the position of Arts Development Manager. With an Executive MBA from Trinity College Business School, Dublin, Emma brings with her 20+ years’ experience across community development, education, not for profit and the art/culture sector. Developing innovative and sustainable programmes, engaging people creatively, crafting strategy and building thriving collaborations are some of the key areas of expertise she will bring to the role.

Based in Ballymount, Dublin, ReCreate was founded in 2013. To date, the organisation has redirected over 1,000 tonnes of material from landfill and works with over 250 business suppliers, resulting in 1,165 members having unlimited access to materials for their creative projects.

Commenting on her appointment, Emma Connors said: “I am delighted to be joining such a wonderfully curious organisation. ReCreate’s work is important, making a significant contribution to issues of social inclusion and protecting the environment, while continually fostering creativity in the community. These are strange times indeed, but I believe ReCreate has a potentially unique and exciting role to play as society adapts and adjusts, and as a team, we are up for the challenge. Building on the very positive work that has already been achieved to date, I look forward to leading ReCreate in the next stage of its growth. Finally, I would like to warmly wish previous Chief Executive Clodagh O’ Reilly the very best in her academic adventures”.

ReCreate Board Chairperson, Teresa Heeney, congratulated Connors on her appointment, saying: “ReCreate’s work continues to be recognised, with the company recently announced as a winner of the 2020 Dublin City Enterprise awards, Social Innovation Fund Social Enterprise Accelerator Award 2019 and Coca Cola Thank You Fund Award, building on the award for Best Non-for-Profit award at the South Dublin Chamber Business Awards 2017 and Social Enterprise Ireland’s Impact award for 2016.”

Supporters of ReCreate include Early Childhood Ireland, Tallaght Community Arts, South Dublin County Partnership, Pobal and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Emma Connors, New ReCreate Chief Executive

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