Patrick Ledwidge is Deputy Chief Executive of Cork City Council and also Director of Services for Strategic Planning and Economic Development.
From January 2006 to February 2012, he had held the position of Director of Services – Docklands and, prior to 2006, Director of Services – Community and Enterprise since 1999. From 1991 to 1999, he led Cork City Council’s Planning Policy Section. He is Chair of Cork URBAN Enterprises Ltd and a board member of the University College Cork – Shanghai University Confucius Institute.
In 2014, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government conferred the Magnolia Silver Award on him in recognition of ‘his support to Shanghai’s development and his outstanding contribution to our friendly cooperation’ since 2003. Shanghai is a Sister City of Cork. Memoranda of Understanding have also been concluded with Hangzhou, Wuxi and Shenzhen.
He is also a member of the Board of Studies for the Masters in Sustainable Planning degree awarded by University College Cork. He was President of the Irish Planning Institute in 1993/94 and continues to be a member of the Institute.
He has previously worked with Cork County Council (1981-87) and Meath County Council (1979-81). He obtained a BA in Geography and History from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1977 and a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning, also from UCD in 1979. In 2001, he was awarded a Master’s Degree in Local Government Management by the Institute of Public Administration.