Portlaoise Enterprise Centre has a voluntary Board of Directors who are committed to supporting and promoting enterprise development in Portlaoise.

We have eight directors from various business backgrounds as follows:

  • Pat Culleton (Chairperson)
  • Councillor Willie Aird (Vice Chairperson)
  • Evelyn Reddin (Secretary)
  •  Eoin O’Brien
  • Pat Grassick
  • Cllr Mary Sweeney
  • Cllr John Joe Fennelly
Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Pat Culleton


A native of Mountmellick, Pat was educated at the Christian Brothers School Portlaoise and Bolton Street College of Technology where he studied Architecture and Structural Design.

Pat then worked in a number of companies including Patrick Kelly Structural Engineers, Portlaoise; Laois County Council and Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH) before starting his own construction company, Garoon Construction Ltd. in 1989.  The company deals mainly with industrial and commercial construction and heritage projects.

Pat has always had a keen interest in the community and voluntary sector and was a director of the Laois Enterprise Board (Chairman of it for seven years)and a committee member of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).  He currently sits on the board of Laois Partnership and Portlaoise Enterprise Centre.

In his spare time Pat enjoys playing golf, following G.A.A. and is an avid amateur photographer.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Councillor Willie Aird

Vice Chairperson

A native of Portlaoise, William Aird is a dairy farmer and a dedicated and enthusiastic politician, who has served the people of Portlaoise since 1979.

He is active in all community matters and lists mayor of Portlaoise Town Council, chairperson of Portlaoise Leisure Centre, former cathaoirleach of Laois County Council, member of the Health Service Executive and member of Farming and Sporting Organisations among his many achievements.

Willie has been on the board of Portlaoise Enterprise Centre since 2009 and is Leas-Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council for 2017-18.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Evelyn Reddin


Evelyn Reddin started her career in Laois County Council where she worked in a number of different sections before moving to the Local Enterprise Office (formerly Laois  County Enterprise Board).

She was appointed Head of Enterprise  in 2014 and her role   is to  help drive the development of local enterprise within the County.

The Local Enterprise Office  (LEO)  supports  business start-ups and work to increase the job potential of new and existing micro and small businesses with information, advice, training, mentoring, seminars and selective financial support.

The LEO plays a key role in supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise development along with other key stakeholders in the county to ensure a more co-ordinated approach to enterprise support.

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Pat Grassick

Pat Grassick
Board Member

Pat is the Head of Information Systems in Laois County Council and has previously worked in Wexford and Carlow County Councils. He has worked in both Public and Private sector roles but always in the area of IT.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer engineering from the University of Limerick and has worked in the banking and telecommunications sector for large multinationals prior to joining Carlow County Council in 2008.

Eoin O’Brien

Eoin O’Brien
Board Menber

Eoin O’Brien is the Lifelong Learning Manager at the Institute of Technology Carlow.  Eoin plays a key role in the development, operations, management and delivery of the off campus activities of the Faculty of Lifelong Learning which includes the management of the Springboard+ programme portfolio at the Institute. He has a keen interest in education and learning.

Eoin has just over 20 years’ experience  in the sales/marketing domain predominately within the Higher Education sector. He has studied with UCD, IPA, The Open University, IT Carlow and is currently undertaking his PhD with Lancaster University.

Eoin has a keen interest in sport and is actively involved with Ballyroan Abbey GAA club, Abbeyleix Athletic soccer club and Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District Athletics club. 

Portlaoise Emterprise Centre Board Member Mary Sweeney

Board Member

Mary has been a County Councillor at Laois County Council since 1999 representing the Portlaoise Municipal District and was nominated to become a member of the Enterprise Centre board nine years ago.

Mary is a member of Laois/Offaly E.T.B. and also a member of staff at Portlaoise Library. In her spare time Mary enjoys attending events at the Dunamaise Theatre, of which she has been a board member for many years. Mary has been an active member of many community groups and continues to support and encourage active participation in these organisations.