OFI Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Sherrard


Peter Sherrard has been Chief Executive of the Olympic Federation of Ireland since 2018. During that time, he has overseen a re-brand, the introduction of new sponsors, a doubling in staff numbers and the launch of Team Ireland’s sport science partnership agreement with the Sport Ireland Institute.

He had previous experience at director level in international commerce, tourism, aviation and sport, in roles covering commercial / marketing, sales, communications, operations and sponsorship with Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland, Ryanair and the FAI. Peter has fluent French and Italian and sits on the Sport Ireland High Performance Committee.


Teresa Rudd


Teresa Rudd joined the Olympic Federation of Ireland at the end of 2018 to provide part-time PA support to the CEO. Teresa has years of experience  working in High Performance sport administration. She is also a professional photographer and provides a significant amount of video editing and graphic design support to the Federation.

Commercial / Public relations / Athletes’ Commission

Commercial Director

Catherine Tiernan


Catherine Tiernan is the Commercial Director of the Olympic Federation of Ireland. Catherine previously owned her own mobile phone company creating a nationwide network of 26 telecommunication stores employing 120 staff which were subsequently acquired by O2. In 1996 Catherine won young Businesswoman of the year. She then went on to work in the area of Commercial Sponsorships, National /International contract negotiations and strategic planning. Over 30 years’ experience serving the Corporate sector including working with O2, the GAA, the FAI, the European Tour and IRFU. Catherine is an accredited commercial and civil mediator. Catherine prides herself on always going the extra mile to achieve results for her clients and team.

Communications Manager and Athletes’ Commission Support

Heather Boyle


Heather Boyle is the Communications Manager for the OFI, and is support for the Athletes’ Commission. The role involves managing all areas of communication, including reporting at Games, press liaison and maintaining social media. She also works with athletes to ensure their voice is represented through the Athletes’ Commission. She is a former international rower and competed at several World Championships, narrowly missing qualifying for the Athens Olympics in 2004; she also represented Ireland in cycling. Heather has worked in sport professionally for over 10 years, including being part of the media team for the Paralympic Games in both London 2012 and Rio 2016.


High Performance Lead - Chef de Mission Tokyo 2020

Patricia Heberle


Tricia Heberle is the High Performance Lead and Team Ireland Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020 and has worked with the Olympic Federation of Ireland since late 2017.  She is an Australian Hockey Olympian who has also coached at International level.  Tricia plays a key role for the OFI in the Irish HP system ensuring that the OFI has effective partnerships and relationships with Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Institutes, National Federations and other supporting partners. She leads a small team of HP professionals at the OFI who facilitate and plan Team Ireland’s participation in all Olympic events, summer, winter and Youth.  Tricia was also Chef de Mission for Team Ireland at the 2019 European Games.

Sports Director

Martin Burke


Martin Burke is the OFI’s Sports Director. A former international racing canoeist, he has been in the employment of the Olympic Federation since 1992. In that time he has attended every Summer Olympic Games in a team support role, as well as the Torino and PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.   He has been Chef de Mission at the three editions of the Youth Olympic Games held to date and also carried out this role at nine editions of the European Youth Olympic Festival. He has qualified with distinction in Executive Masters in Sport Organisations Management (MEMOS).

Deputy Chef de Mission Tokyo 2020

Gavin Noble


Gavin Noble is the Tokyo 2020 Deputy Chef de Mission and was Chef de Mission for our Youth Team at the European Youth Games in 2019. He is a London 2012 Olympian, being Irelands first ever male representitive in Triathlon. A former Head of Global Sports Marketing, with significant commercial, marketing and sales expertise, Gavin is also Vice Chair for the Team Ireland Athletes’ Commission.

Performance Manager and Chef de Mission Beijing 2022

Nancy Chillingworth


Nancy is employed by the Olympic Federation of Ireland as High Performance Manager since 2019, was Chef de Mission for the Winter Youth Olympics in 2020 and has been appointed Chef de Mission for the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing 2022. She is a member of the Tokyo 2020 Leadership Team working as camp manager for Team Ireland’s pre-games training camp in Fukuroi City. She has a background in sports psychology and has served as Chair of Hockey Ireland’s High Performance Committee. She came to the OFI having worked as Player Development Manager with Rugby Players Ireland and before that, as Performance Director for Paralympics Ireland during the very successful London and Rio Games cycles.

Operations & Finance

Operations Manager

Linda O’Reilly


Linda O Reilly joined the Olympic Federation of Ireland during the Barcelona Games in 1992, initially providing secretarial support.   For London 2012 she took on the role as Coordinator for the Games and since 2017 is Operations Manager, providing significant operational support to the performance team at Games time, as well as PA support to the President.

Linda also supports Gender Equality within our NOC and on the various International Commissions within the Olympic movement to include EOC, IOC and ANOC. Linda was Chef de Mission for the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar in 2019.   Prior to joining the OFI her background was in the financial sector.

Office Manager

Alex Bocsi


Alex has been Office Manager of the OFI since 2007 and has been responsible for the overall coordination of a broad range of services that allow the organisation to operate efficiently. With over 13 years of experience she manages administrative and financial duties, assisting the Financial Controller, and is in charge of accounts payable, receivable and invoicing. She has also recently qualified as an Accounting Technician as part of her ongoing professional development and she speaks two languages, Hungarian and English.

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