Galway 2020 Culture team to draw experience from Derry

Ryan Williams, CEO, Connected Talent.

A company forged in the legacy of the 2013 UK City Culture has been tasked with assembling the team to deliver the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme.

Derry-based recruitment specialists at Connected Talent who work on the UK City of Culture experience will source the entire staff complement for the new Galway 2020 company. 

Connected Talent’s role as official ‘Talent Partner’ of Galway 2020 will involve selecting a 30 to 40-strong team of personnel to provide the executive and delivery function of the company. A trawl of talent has already begun to fill the roles of CEO and Creative Director. 

Connected Talent CEO and founder Ryan Williams said his team’s knowledge of Derry-Londonderry’s 2013 City of Culture adventure was crucial in winning the tender.

 “The experience of many members of the successful Connected Talent team across Derry’s fantastic UK Capital of Culture experience provided a strong foundation for our approach, methodology and focus in winning the Galway 2020 tender.  

“We’re delighted to be selected as ‘Talent Partner’ as this significant project will see Connected Talent source and attract the entire staff complement to deliver the executive and delivery function for Galway’s exciting new culture company.

Mr Williams said delivering the Galway 2020 talent project is “significant success” in the rise of Connected Talent.

“When we set up the business two years ago in the North West we made it clear from the start we were going to use our Derry headquarters to reach out into national and international markets in the pursuit of both the very best talent and flagship clients.

“Today our business generates more than 60% of its revenue from clients located outside the local jurisdiction. More than 50% of our revenue emanates from on-site recruitment solutions (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) offering clients a much broader range of services including talent diagnostics, testing, process improvement, HR and outplacement support, FDI consultancy and much more.

 Catriona Donnelly, Operations Director at Connected Talent and Project Director for the Galway 2020 project, added: “The Galway 2020 project is a five-year commitment which involves attracting the finest talent from local, national and international markets for what will be one of the finest cultural programmes the world has ever seen.

“The Derry and Galway teams could not be more excited about kick-starting this ambitious and captivating programme.”


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