Jill Downey was appointed Chief Sustainability and Sponsorship Officer at Core in May of this year having served as Managing Director of Core Sponsorship since its creation in 2015.

She is a valued adviser to many of the biggest brands engaged in sports and her company, Core has played a key role in two of the highest profile new partnerships of recent years, the activation campaign of Sky Ireland’s sponsorship of the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team and the deal between Permanent TSB with the Olympic Federation of Ireland and Paralympics Ireland.

She leads Core’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and is dedicated to pushing a strong equality agenda for women in all areas, including in the field of sport.

Downey is also a leading player in the European Sponsorship Association, a Council Member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, and a judge of the Irish Sport Industry Awards.

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This is the tenth edition of our Sport for Business listing of 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport.

Read more about the list and nominate who you think should be a part of it in 2022.

We are proud to do so again this year with AIG, an organisation that has pledged its commitment to equality in its partnerships with Gaelic Games, Tennis, Golf and more, for whom “Effort is Equal” and with whom we have ambitious plans to extend the reach of this annual celebration of the Women who are making a difference.

This year’s list will be drawn as before from the worlds of leadership, partnership, storytelling, and performance.

We began this journey in 2013 when challenged that we would never be able to produce a list of twenty Influential Women in Irish Sport. The 20 stretched to 30, then 40 and 50 and it still does not do justice to the talent that is out there.

This year once more, to keep things fresh we will introduce at least 30 percent of fresh names from last year. That will be the hardest part to have some names replaced but if it was too easy it would be of less value.

The list we will build over the coming weeks is a snapshot of those women who are making a mark on how sport is played, consumed, grown and delivered.

They are part of making the role of women in sport unexceptional by being exceptional in what they do.