Prior to joining GMIT, Jacinta worked as a freelance mentor & trainer to the food and hospitality sectors and has had direct operational experience at senior management level over the past 20 years. Jacinta is one of Fáilte Ireland’s appointed food champions for The Wild Atlantic Way. In this role, Jacinta takes every opportunity to promote Galway, the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland as a food tourism destination and is a strong advocate of food education for young children.
Jacinta continues to have close links with industry, and in a voluntary capacity consults with a number of food festivals and events in the region. Jacinta is a member of the steering committee for Galway’s candidacy for European Region of Gastronomy 2018 and has been appointed to the executive board of IGCAT, the International, Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts & Tourism.