Peter Mangan

Peter is the Founder of The Freebird Club, a new peer-to-peer social travel and homestay club for older adults. Freebird offers a new way of travelling for older adults, a means to earn extra money, and a fun accessible way to meet new people and enjoy social interaction in later life.

A seasoned professional with 20+ years’ experience across diverse sectors including finance, arts, research and academia, Peter holds B.Comm and MBS degrees from UCD, and PMP project management certification.

Following a stint in corporate banking, Peter joined Ireland’s Music Network as Finance & Resourcing Manager. He then went on to become the Business & Finance Manager for UCD’s Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. This led to more senior managerial roles in the university, most recently Senior Manager, Research & Innovation, the role he left to focus on Freebird.

Winner of the 2015 European Social Innovation Competition, and finalist in the European Investment Bank’s Social Innovation Tournament in 2016 and 2017, Peter is a passionate social entrepreneur who wants to use the sharing economy to improve the lives of older adults. Peter developed the idea for Freebird having witnessed the positive social experiences of his retired father through meeting and befriending senior guests at his countryside rental house.