Conn is the chair of the Public Sector Committee and leads interaction with the Public Sector at BDO. Conn has dedicated over 40 years to contributing to a sum of local authorities including Tipperary, Cork, Waterford and Louth. Prior to his role in BDO, he was CEO of Limerick City and County Council in which he oversaw one of the biggest change management programmes in local government history.
Conn’s role involves coordinating Public Sector work in BDO. He challenges innovation and entrepreneurship in the public sector to bring a fresh and unique array of solutions for our clients. He has the essential expertise to provide strategic direction and change management to deliver prosperous, yet unique outcomes for our clients, even during the toughest complexities faced by the public sector. Conn specialises in delivering solutions within public sector reform, business development and business transformation.
In the past five years, Conn has played an architectural role in the determination of Limerick’s economic revitalisation. Conn delivered Ireland’s first National City of Culture programme and the Limerick 2030 Project which has brought 15,000 new jobs and €2 billion of planned investment to Limerick in the last 6 years. It will advance the regeneration programme and the commencement of the most prevalent economic unit in any local authority. Conn has been identified as being a leader in the attractive economic retrieval to the city and county of Limerick.
Conn is a Board member of the Land Development Agency and the Board of Governors of Mary Immaculate College. He is a former chairperson of the County & City Management Association, former chair of the CCMA Housing Committee and the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency. He served on the National Fire Directorate and the Board of Local Government Management Agency.
Conn also formerly served as a Director on the Board of Age Friendly Ireland.