Rodd is the Director of the Netwell Centre, and an architect by background. Rodd has a wide range of interests including creating and sustaining healthy communities and homes; the inter-relationship between environment and peoples’ health and well-being; organic design methods, and community decision making frameworks. Rodd is Past President of Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and continues to hold a strong interest in local policy and business.
Rodd is a Partner in the EIP AHA’s D4 Specific Action Group on Age Friendly Environments and has acted as a rapporteur for the D4 group and an advisor to the EU on age friendly environments.
Recent projects lead by Rodd include:
- The Nestling Project: A collaborative demonstration project aimed at developing innovative service models to support older-people to age-in-place in their own homes, based on a closer integration of community care, physical environment, and technology dimensions. The 16 unit demonstration project, located in Dundalk, aims to provide a more adaptable social and physical environment that it more responsive to older peoples’ needs, and which will enhance the quality of life for ageing people living independently.
- Home Sweet Home: a new, economically sustainable home assistance service which extends elders independent living.
- Louth Age Friendly County Initiative: Louth was the first age-friendly county in Ireland, and has lead the way for others to follow.
- BRAID: Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development (BRAID) will develop a comprehensive RTD (Research and Technology Development) roadmap for active ageing, by consolidating existing roadmaps.
Away from the office, Rodd is known to enjoy a game of golf.