Jill Downey is Managing Director of Core Sponsorship and is a Group Board Director of Core. After only 3 years in business, Core Sponsorship was recently voted sponsorship agency of the year and the Irish Sponsorship Awards. Jill has worked in the communications business for 16 years and was previously Deputy MD of Starcom, where together with the MD, she more than trebled that business by winning major accounts such as Musgrave, National Lottery, An Post, AIB, Heineken and UTV Ireland, as well as winning Agency of the Year in 2012. 

Jill leads Core’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy and is an Ambassador for Gender Diversity with WMB. Outside of the office, Jill is a mother to two girls, Susie & Carrie and is passionate sports fan, supporting multiple teams in red from Cork, to Man Utd, to Munster.