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IMMA connects audiences and art, providing an extraordinary space where contemporary life and contemporary art connect, challenge and inspire one another. We share, develop and conserve the Irish National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art for now and for the future.

Board Members

The IMMA Board consists of twelve members and a Chairperson, appointed by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for a period of not more than five years. At the discretion of the Minister, individual members may be asked to serve a second or subsequent term.

The members of the Board and the Chairperson are artists and other people with an active interest and/or expertise in modern and contemporary art. They are appointed in their capacity as individuals.

There are no fees payable in respect of Board appointments. Only the Chairperson is eligible to receive a fee, set at €8,978, which is unclaimed at year-end 2018. Expenses are paid to Board members in accordance with the guidelines and rules set down by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Only vouched expenses are paid.

Below is a list of IMMA’s current board members and their terms of office.

Current Board Members


David Harvey Chairman

David Harvey is a widely experienced management professional in the fields of Television, Radio and Digital Media. In addition to being an experienced broadcaster and producer he has held a number of key managerial, production and board positions in over twenty five years and has also been chosen to bring these skills as a non-executive chairman and director to a range of other non-broadcast related Institutions and companies. A business graduate of Trinity College, he was formerly Chairman of The National Library of Ireland (2010-2015), Chairman of IADT (2015-2010) and of the National St Patricks Festival (2008-2014). He has also served on a number of non-profit boards and was Chairman of the People in Need Trust (which engaged with Irelands national broadcaster, RTE from1988 to 2007 in the promotion of the RTE/People in Need Telethon) and a founder director of Star Broadcasting Ltd, the company which owns and manages Sunshine 106.8FM radio.

Date of Appointment 25th November 2015 Term 5 years

Mary Apied Board Member

Mary Apied is the founding director and former President of the Trinity Foundation; the fund raising arm of Trinity College. She is currently a member of the Board of the Landmark Trust. Mary has over thirty years experience of fundraising for third level and non-profit organisations.

Date of Appointment 23rd October 2015 Term 5 years

Gerard Byrne Board Member

The work of Gerard Byrne (b.1969) has been shown at international exhibitions including Skulptur Projekte Muenster (2017), Documenta 13 (2012), the Venice Biennale (2011), as well as in major museums in Europe and the US. Museum solo exhibitions include Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017), ACCA, Melbourne (2016), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2015), FRAC Pays de la Loire (2014), Whitechapel Gallery (2013), IMMA (2011), Renaissance Society, Chicago (2011). His major works feature in the collections of leading international museums in Europe, the US, and Asia. He has been Professor of Time Based Media at the Royal Danish Academy for Fine Art (2007 - 2016), and Interim Professor of Film at Staedelschule, Frankfurt (2018-19).

Date of Appointment 3rd February 2016. Term 5 years

John Cunningham Board Member

John Cunningham's career has spanned almost 35 years in marketing, management, business development and executive management in organisations such as Irish Permanent, Friends First, Zurich Bank and Alexander Mann Solutions. John is Commercial Director with Morgan McKinley an Irish Head Quartered global recruitment and talent solutions business. He is also a director and shareholder in CheckRisk. He has a long association with the arts in Ireland and with IMMA in particular where he helped to found the initiative IMMA 1000; a fundraising programme that has seen IMMA raise over €250K for Irish artists over the last three years. John is Chair of Gaisce, The Presidents Award, a director of the Irish Youth Foundation and the Immigrant Council of Ireland. He is Chair of the judging panel for the CSR awards for Chambers Ireland.

Date of Appointment 17th July 2018 Term 5 years

Dermod Dwyer Board Member

Dermod Dwyer is the Executive Chairman of the Convention Centre, Dublin. He was the founder of an international management consulting practice and was the lead consultant for large projects and studies in Ireland including the Croke Park Museum and Powerscourt Estate. He was also a former member of the Board of Governors and Guardians, National Gallery of Ireland.

Date of Appointment 2nd December 2020 Term 5 years

Emma Goltz Board Member

Emma Goltz is a director of Hattington Property Management and a former manager in the retail and consumer products group at Bain and Company in San Francisco. Prior to that she worked in banking in Dublin and London. She holds a BA (mod) in economics and mathematics from Trinity College and an MBA from Insead. For the past twelve years she has been actively involved in a wide range of non-profit organisations in the US, UK and Ireland with a focus on fundraising and governance. She is currently Vice-Chairman of Insead, the business school and Chairman of the Insead Alumni Fund. She is also a member of the Provost Council at Trinity College Dublin and trustee of the Contemporary Art Society in London. She is a lifelong collector of art with a focus on contemporary sculpture.

Date of Appointment 21st November 2013, re-appointed in 2018
5 years

Margot Lyons Board Member

Margot Lyons has extensive expertise in Risk Management particularly in the Financial Services Sector holding senior roles with NatWest Markets, Chief Risk Officer with Ulster Bank Ireland DAC and Managing Director for Risk Management at GE Financial Markets. Margot chaired the Audit Committee of Irish charity Trócaire from 2011 to 2017 and is a graduate of Dublin City University and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Date of Appointment 17th July 2018 Term 5 years

Eva Kenny Board Member

Eva Kenny is a writer from Dublin. She has published widely on art and culture in publications such as Artforum, Frieze, ArtPapers, Kaleidoscope, Flash Art, the Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, the LA Review of Books, the Dublin Review of Books and Brand-New-Life, and in catalogues and artists' publications. In 2018 she was awarded a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Princeton University for a dissertation on dispossession in Samuel Beckett’s novels of the 1930s–1950s. From 2015-2017 she was a director at Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich.

Date of Appointment 2nd December 2020 Term 5 years

Ali Curran Board Member

Ms. Ali Curran is an experienced business and organisational consultant. She is a Director of CHL Consulting Ltd., a member of the Institute of Directors Ireland and a certified Management Consultant with the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors. She holds a Masters in Organisational Psychology, professional certificate in Organisational Change and is a qualified executive and leadership coach. Ali has a strong history of successful leadership and management of cultural organisations having previously worked as Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival, Director of The Peacock Theatre @ The Abbey, and Director of the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

Date of Appointment 2nd February 2023 Term 5 years

Mike Fitzpatrick Board Member

Mike Fitzpatrick, Dean of the Limerick School of Art & Design, TUS. As an artist, curator, academic and cultural producer, his previous experience includes roles as Director/Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art, Irish Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, Director of Ireland’s first National City of Culture, led Limerick’s bid for European Capital of Culture, and as Visual Art Curator with the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Date of Appointment 2nd February 2023 Term 5 years

Jess Majekodunmi Board Member

Ms. Jess Majekodunmi is a managing director at The Dock, Accenture's flagship R&D and Global Innovation Center in Dublin. She is a design historian and an innovation designer and brings great skills and vast experience in relation to community, equality, diversity, and inclusion as well as innovation and sustainability.

Date of Appointment 2nd February 2023 Term 5 years

Sinéad O’Sullivan Board Member

Ms. Sinéad O’Sullivan is a multidisciplinary engineer, academic and writer whose work lies at the intersection of innovation, economics, geopolitics, engineering and more. She is also Adjunct Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the famed New Bauhaus institute, teaching a novel and interdisciplinary syllabus of engineering and design. She formerly led Prof. Michael E. Porter’s research at the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.

Date of Appointment 2nd February 2023 Term 5 years