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John Hickey

John Hickey

Organising Committee Chairperson 2014

International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Limited

Ballina, Tipperary

Chairperson, BOM at Red Ribbon Project


International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Limited

Organising Committee Chairperson 2014

This annual event, celebrating contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present. Founded in 2004 to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, in his native city, it has continued to be produced by a volunteer committee over the last ten years. With an emphasis on new or recent international and Irish works with a broadly gay theme or relevance, the Festival has grown to become the largest event of its type in the world, producing its 2000th production in 2013.

For more information on the 2014 Festival email .

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Organising Committee of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Sports Limerick Limited

Company Secretary/Director

Registered in Ireland as: Organising Committee of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Sports Limerick Limited.
Registered Business Name: Limerick 2018
Registration Number: 521781


Red Ribbon Project

Chairperson & Board Member

Chairperson of the BOM from May 2012

The Red Ribbon Project provides education, training and support around sexual health issues. Its main focus is on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's) and Hepatitis B/C.

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Revenue Commissioners

Clerical Officer

Collector General’s Division, Office of the Revenue Commissioners, March 2014 - Present
Clerical Officer (Sarsfield House, Francis Street, Limerick)
I resumed duties in Limerick in March 2014 in the Collector-General's Planning & Management Section. My work involves assisting in the Enhancement & Management of internal Revenue systems and responding to queries on functionality.

Customs & Excise Division, Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Sept. 2012 – March 2014
Customs & Excise Officer (Dublin Airport, Santry, Co. Dublin)
I worked within an enforcement setting within the Customs & Excise Division. My responsibilities included:
• Active enforcement of Irish and European legislation on Customs measures;
• Active application of the relevant powers of enforcement to ensure compliance;
• Liaising with passenger queries and investigation of individual circumstances; and
• Working within a team setting to deliver the relevant annual business objectives of the Station.

Collector General’s Division, Office of the Revenue Commissioners, April 2010-Sept 2012
Clerical Officer (Sarsfield House, Francis Street, Limerick)
I worked within the Collector General’s Division within which my responsibilities included:
•Supporting the key task of compliance and debt management by prioritising staffing in the Collector General’s debt management units;
• Ensuring we provide a level of customer service that helps people to be compliant;
• Helping viable businesses to manage effectively any specific compliance challenges arising
from the economic recession;
• Involved in new project development and timeline progress and reviews; and
• Responsibility for own workflows and on-time completion of projects.


The Angry Hedgehog

Social commentator

Personal blog which is about stream-lining my thoughts over the last number of years. Was nominated for the "Blogger of the Year 2009" in the National Lesbian and Gay Federation's GALAs 2009.

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Limerick 2018 Gay Games Bid

Bid Co-Ordinator

I was involved as the Bid Co-Ordinator for Limerick's bid to host the tenth Gay Games in 2018 in Limerick, Ireland. While not be selected as host on this occasion, the bid was successfully brought down to the final three cities, alongside London and Paris. This was after fending off competition from Amsterdam, Orlando, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo - Not bad for a fantastic compact Irish city in the Midwest.

The role involved: negotiation; community engagement; project management; stakeholder management; grant writing; team management; task-orientated deadlines; time management; proofreading; writing; Financial management; and good old Irish conversation to get the job done under time and cost restraints.


Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival

Festival Secretary

Event Co-ordination; Financial Oversight; Organisational Management; Internal Communications Management; Delivery of the 2011 and 2012 Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival which has been running for approx. 12 years in Limerick city.

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Chambers Ireland

Policy Assistant

Working for Ireland's largest business organisation Chambers Ireland, with some 13,000 members and 60 member chambers across the island of Ireland, I worked in the Public Affairs division of the organisation.

I acted as the co-ordinator for the Chambers Ireland Policy Councils, as well as other aspects of the Public Affairs Division such as CSR and Local Government. I was the National Co-Ordinator for Business Pillar nominees to the Strategic Policy Council (SPC's) and County/City Development Boards (CDB's) in Irish local authorities.


Next Group PLC

Senior Sales Consultant

I was approached to take up by the Store Manager in October 2006. Within the role, I had many duties which include Staff Management, Time Management, Advanced Product Knowledge & Cash Office duties. I have taken other extra duties, such as being the Dept Fire Warden & the Store CIA representative which liaises with Store Management & Staff to resolve issues which arise.
• Frontline customer care; product advice, customer complaint resolution.
• Supervised checkouts and customer service area, managed staff daily rotas.
• Staff supervision, training and personnel administration, rostering.
• Competition monitoring, up to date knowledge of new products & promotions.
• Goods received control, customer special orders & coordination of stocktaking.
• Involved in new project development & timeline progress and reviews.
• Responsible for own workflows & on-time completion of projects
• Instrumental in ensuring team projects were completed within agreed timelines.

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Technical Support Analyst

Working in the analytical group I took responsibility for high-throughput systems and optimised and developed procedures resulting in a doubling of productivity. My duties are outlined below but Client focus was our ultimate goal & upholding the SONY brand name.
• Resolution of customer technical and computer problems
• Responsible for customer care (face to face and telephone support).
• Complaints handling and resolution.
• Use of Cisco IP Systems & Windows 2000 computer systems
• Managed own workflows and met all personal goals.
• Worked within a team to ensure all targets were met and exceeded.


Ennis Town Council

Administrative Assistant

• Customer care (face to face and telephone support) and complaint resolution.
• Training and personnel administration, rostering and payroll.
• Administrative tasks; use of computers and office software
• Interacted with and compiled reports and documents for different departments
• Managed own workflows to complete projects and assignments on-time
• Developed and implemented a new finance filing protocols and procedures

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FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer, Train the Trainer

University of Limerick

B.A., History, Politics, Sociology & Social Studies

University of South Carolina-Columbia

Irish Tax Institute


University College Dublin

M.Sc., Equality Studies

ALISON Online Learning

Diploma in Project Management, Project Management


Train the Trainer, Training