Chief Executive, Common Purpose Ireland

Jackie Butler

Jackie joined Common Purpose in 2003 as Programme Director to set up Common Purpose in Cork and was appointed Chief Executive in January 2007.

Beginning her working life in France and then Limerick, she moved to Cork in 1990 to co-ordinate the establishment of the National Sculpture Factory.

After completing a BA degree NUI Galway Jackie worked mostly in the arts and culture areas, developed a keen interest in EU cultural policy and undertook various part-time post graduate studies, including a Diploma in European Cultural Project Management, Brussels (1994) and a Masters in European Cultural Planning De Montfort University, Leicester (2002). She has contributed to a number of EU based action-research projects in cultural development, and local initiatives from Temple Bar cultural quarter in Dublin to Transition Year programmes at second level.

In recent years Jackie has pursued an interest in the area of Group Relations and is currently training in Group Analysis with the Irish Institute of Group Analysis.

Jackie also regularly volunteers; chairing meetings for voluntary groups, project planning for charity fundraisers and for a number of years worked as a tutor with a local adult literacy scheme.