Cllr John Ryan has represented the people of Bray, Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue since 2004, and was elected to Bray Town Council in 2009. As Mayor of Bray he set up the very successful Bray Economic Think Tank that produced an economic strategy for Bray which was unanimously voted through as policy of the Council. This has lead to a number of initiatives, including the development of a new brand and logo for Bray, a new website (www.bray.ie), appointment of brand ambassadors, including Katie Taylor, development of videos to promote the town for business and tourism, a regeneration project for the town including new streetscape, improvements in the seafront and promenade, the development of a start-up enterprise centre, the purchase of the Florentine centre, with plans to develop a destination shopping area to regenerate the retail offering in the town, the development of a new tourist office and plans to secure a purple flag to promote a safe night time economy in the town. On the back of the success of the Bray Economic Think Tank, John has been asked to facilitate a new economic strategy for Wicklow. While living in Bray, John has a real passion for Enniskerry where two of his children play football with the local Enniskerry Football Club. He was also instrumental in setting up the Enniskerry Forum which is a very active non-political group of residents who are focused on the development of Enniskerry, with a particular emphasis on protecting its unique heritage. Along with his colleague (now former councillor) George Jones, John set up the Friends of the Cliff Walk (a beautiful coastal walk between Bray and Greystones). The organisation has driven initiatives to improve access, signage, promotion and safety of this fantastic walkway. John also developed a 15 minute video to promote the walk which has already received nearly 20,000 views (http://youtu.be/IOP7RhDnLnw). John is also working hard with fellow councillor Derek Mitchell to see improvements to the N11/M50 traffic merge and particularly focusing on the very dangerous interchange at Kilmacanogue. John is involved in business as CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, partnering with the top businesses in Ireland. He is married with three young children.
Cllr John S. Ryan
Wicklow County Council