New 9-Member Board Appointed to the National Concert Hall

Eleanor McEvoy, newly appointed to the Board of the NCH.

New 9-Member Board Appointed to the National Concert Hall

Singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, James Cavanagh of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and Music Generation Chairperson Don Thornhill among those appointed.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, has announced the appointment of a new Board to the National Concert Hall. 

The 9-member Board is reduced from 15 previously. Departing members include Gerry Kearney (Chairperson), Ray Bates, Laurie Cearr, Dearbhla Collins, Rachel Holstead, Alma Hynes, Deborah Kelleher, Peter McEvoy, John McGrane, Gina Menzies, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, Kieran Tobin and Barney Whelan.

Newly appointed to the Board, following a call for expressions of interest last January, are James Cavanagh, Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music; singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, who is also a member of the Board of IMRO; Máire O’Connor, a former partner at McCann Fitzgerald and Ernst & Young; Michael O’Donovan, Chief Operations Officer at Microsoft Ireland and a Board member at Dublin Youth Orchestra; John Reynolds, former Chief Executive of KBC Bank; and Don Thornhill, Former Secretary General of the Department of Education and recently appointed Chairperson of Music Generation.

Gerard Gillen, Professor Emeritus at Maynooth University and a former NCH Board member from 1986 to 1991; Maura Mc Grath, who has experience in human resource management and corporate governance and is an NCH Board member since 2014; and Rebecca Gageby, Head of Programming and Administration at the Royal Irish Academy and also a Board member since 2014, have been reappointed. Ms McGrath is the nominee for Chair.

The reduced Board was specified in the new National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Act 2015, which was brought into law last December. 

According to the NCH’s latest accounts, total income last year was €4.7m (the same figure as in 2014), and included a state grant of €2.24m, increased from €2.14m in 2014. 

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Published on 12 June 2016

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