URDD ANNUAL REVIEW- published November 2003
“Jim has been vital to the Urdd’s success during the last 25 years on many levels, from his pioneering work as a county organiser to his boundless energy at Llangrannog and his clear vision as Chief Executive. The Urdd is on the brink of one of its most exciting periods ever and it is Jim we have to thank for that.” ..... Rhiannon Lewis …Chairperson
REVIEW OF URDD GOBAITH CYMRU - commissioned by The Welsh Language Board in 2003…
“It is recognised generally by the staff, volunteers and members of the Urdd as well as those outside the movement that the Urdd has been exceptionally lucky in the appointment of the current Chief Executive. He has been responsible for establishing a modern fresh direction for the organisation, raising the Urdd’s profile, creating more co-ordinated work between the directorates so that the provision for the membership is unified, as well as raising the standards of the provision offered to include fantastic facilities and an attractive range of activities for children and young people. He lead the movement through a difficult period during the Foot and Mouth crisis and established the Urdd on a strong foundation for the future with a more healthy financial base” .Gari Lewis …. Independent Consultant..
WESTERN MAIL 3/9/03
“ The organisation has been transformed under Mr O’Rourke’s stewardship”…..
DAILY POST 3/9/03
“ Jim O’Rourke, … is credited with steering one of Europe’s largest youth movements clear of serious financial problems,”..