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Galway GAA appoint finance-operations manager

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 8:03am
Galway GAA appoint finance-operations manager

Mark Gottsche played for London against Galway in this year's SFC.

Galway GAA appoint finance-operations manager

Mark Gottsche played for London against Galway in this year's SFC.

FORMER Oranmore-Maree and Galway footballer, Mark Gottsche, has been appointed as the new Finance and Operations Manager for Galway GAA.

Gottsche, a current member of Tír Chonaill Gaels in England, has previously served as London GAA’s secretary and treasurer since 2013 and also played for the Exiles in this year’s Connacht Senior Football Championship.

Galway GAA chairman Pat Kearney welcomed the new appointment, stating that it was necessary in the modern climate for an organisation of this size to make.

“Mark will be working in a close relationship with the Galway GAA treasurer to ensure proper financial governance, planning and preparation will be adhered to," said Kearney.

 “His responsibility will be developing and maintaining sponsorship partnerships, developing fundraising initiatives, and also maintaining the internal financial controls within Galway GAA.”

Galway GAA’s finances came under the spotlight in 2018 and an independent audit was commissioned by Croke Park regarding financial mismanagement within the County Board during the period 2015-17. This appointment is seen as a step to eradicate an overall lack of transparency and oversight highlighted in the report.

In total, there were 27 applicants for the role and Kearney said they were spoilt for choice with the quality candidates who underwent a stringent selection process involving Croke Park, Connacht GAA and Galway GAA. Gottsche is expected to commence his role in the coming weeks.

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