In 2017 the PPN Secretariat oversaw the recruitment of a PPN Resource Officer whose role includes supporting the secretariat to develop the PPN in Galway County and collaborating with Galway County Council and other statutory bodies to develop the PPN as the reference point for the environmental, community & voluntary and social inclusion sectors in the county. Denise Feeney was appointed as PPN Resource Officer for Galway County PPN in December 2017. Denise has worked for Galway County Council for over 10 years in the Community, Enterprise & Economic Unit. Denise’s primary degree is a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and Irish and she also has a Masters Degree in Community Development from NUIG. One of the key responsibilities of the PPN Resource Officer is to work with the Secretariat to promote citizen engagement and to strengthen linkages between communities and their Council.