The Board of Benchspace Cork has announced the appointment of Maeve Murphy to the new position of Operations Manager. 

Benchspace was established in 2017 to provide the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals with an enterprise-focused manufacturing facility in the City of Cork. A space where anyone with a passion for product design, or a talent for making can access the equipment, space and resources they need to commercialise their abilities, grow new enterprise, and bring product-based businesses to life.

Announcing Ms Murphy’s appointment, Fergus Somers, Chairperson of the Board of Benchspace, said: “On behalf of the Board of Benchspace, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Maeve Murphy to the new position of Operations Manager. Maeve joins us at an exciting time of development and growth and her appointment now marks an exciting step in the implementation of the Regional Enterprise Development Fund grant that we were awarded last year from Enterprise Ireland. Maeve will bring a wealth of experience and energy to the role which will be of major benefit to the organisation. Maeve will play a key role in developing and implementing our strategy to develop a pathway for the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals to engage with Benchspace.

Commenting on her appointment, Maeve Murphy said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be leading Benchspace Cork and extremely excited about joining at this pivotal moment in its growth. I want to continue to build on the success and ambitions of this energetic and dynamic organisation. Supporting and growing creative enterprises and communities has been a strong theme throughout my career. I’m excited to be working with an organisation that is encouraging the growth of creative enterprises and also retaining that talent in the south west region of Ireland. I’m looking forward to working with our Chairperson, the Board, the Benchspace makers and all our partners.”

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About Benchspace

Benchspace was established in 2017 to provide the next generation of makers, product designers and creative professionals with an enterprise-focused manufacturing facility in the City of Cork. A space where anyone with a passion for product design, or a talent for making can access the equipment, space and resources they need to commercialise their abilities, grow new enterprise, and bring product-based businesses to life.

About Maeve Murphy

Maeve is a passionate advocate for Irish craft & design and brings with her a breadth of experience spanning arts management and practice. She holds a BA (Hons) in Design in Textiles from GMIT and an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from UCD. With over 10 years’ experience working in the Arts across multiple disciplines, Maeve has worked with Music Network, Music Generation and was the Programme Coordinator for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Also an entrepreneur, Maeve co-founded Forest & Flock, an independent Irish craft & design retail shop. Previously she held the position of Operations Manager with Cork Craft and Design and Programme Coordinator for Cork Craft Month working closely with over 100 Craftspeople and Designers in County Cork.

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DIRECTORS: Fergus Somers, Tony Farrell, Alice Dooley, David Scannell, Peter Johnson, Ian Barron, Christine Byrne, Sam Russell