Aoife completed a bachelor’s degree in Equine and Business studies through Gurteen Agricultural College and Athlone Institute of Technology. It was clear Aoife found her chosen career when she won student of the year and led the intervarsity’s team as captain throughout her college years.
Upon completion of her degree, Aoife went on to gain practical experience within the thoroughbred industry. She worked within stud farms such as Abbeyville and Meadowcourt Stud and Kildangan Stud, she also worked as a Veterinary Nurse for Katie Murphy and worked at both flat and national hunt sales within Ireland and the UK.
Aoife was later offered a position within the office of Kennycourt Stud, this led to the office manager role. As office manager, she took sole charge of all related duties including payroll of up to 40 staff, bookkeeping, breeding manager, personal assistant to owner etc.
A temporary position within Equipeople was next on Aoife’s career path. Here she managed the equine recruitment and outbound work experience programme. When the initial six month contract lapsed Aoife was offered a permanent positon as the marketing developer and equine programme coordinator. Within this role, Aoife created a network within the equine and agricultural second level education both in Ireland and abroad and developed both the outbound and inbound work experience programmes. Aoife also worked as the project manager, managing study tours and organising conferences.
Aoife has a young family, so her busy life made it difficult for her to work a 9-5 job. Therefore, Aoife accepted a part time role within The Irish Racehorse Trainers Association as secretary / Personal assistant to the CEO. Aoife’s understanding of the industry and its need for ad hoc office help led her to the development of her own business PA Solutions.
Aoife’s knowledge of the thoroughbred industry, marketing experience and ability to manage meant PA Solutions developed quickly. Aoife took PA Solutions to the next stage in July 2016 and the business has thrived since…