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.
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 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
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’s career has spanned nearly 35 years in marketing, management, client-relationship management, executive management and business development at organisations such as Irish Permanent Building Society, Friends First, Zurich Bank and Alexander Mann Solutions, among others. John is Founder/CEO at People Dynamic Solutions; a consulting business working with a wide range of organisations including SOVA, Lysis Financial, Compliance Ireland, Clare Co. Co. 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 has been a director of the Irish Youth Foundation since March 2002 and has been Chair of the Immigrant Council of Ireland since March 2004. In 2018 he was appointed Chair of Gaisce, The President’s Award. Date of Appointment 17th July 2018 Term 5 years
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 23rd October 2015 Term 5 years
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
Term 5 years
Jane Dillon Byrne was a Labour Councillor for Rathdown County Council for 40 years, from 1974 - 2014. She was made the first female Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire in 1975 and has always been an avid campaigner for equality. Dillon Byrne has extensive Board experience, serving on the Eastern Health Board, Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, and more recently as a Director of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. She was the Founder of Harbour Watch in Dun Laoghaire and a founder member of Youth Project Dun Laoghaire. She is currently a member of the Arts Council, where she chairs the Local Authority Committee, NCAD and IADT, Dun Laoghaire. Date of Appointment 30 May 2014, Term 5 years
Denis Hickie is General Manager of ATA Group (Ireland & UK), an international precision engineering and manufacturing company. Previously, he worked in renewable energy, with global developer Mainstream Renewable Power and as an independent consultant. Denis was a board member of Show Racism the Red Card (2009-2011), an NGO focused on challenging racism through the provision of educational resources and intercultural activity to support integration. He has a keen interest in the arts, having completed courses at NCAD and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. An accomplished sportsman, Denis represented Leinster, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions over a decade long career in professional rugby. He is a graduate of University College Dublin (B. Comm), the Irish Management Institute and IESE Business School (Barcelona). Date of Appointment 31st January 2016 Term 5 years
Penelope Kenny is a Chartered Accountant CFO and company Secretary. She specialises in corporate governance, business transformation and financial control. Penelope has over 20 years experience in public sector organisations, and listed companies. She has held an extensive range of key positions in state bodies and in the financial services industry. Her current Directorships and Board interests include: Grangegorman Development Agency, where she is also Chair of the Audit and Risk committee. The Arts Council, Audit and Risk committee member. She is past Director of Cluid Housing Association, Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk committee. She has been Council member of Chartered accountants Ireland and Chair of the Leinster society of Chartered accountants. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds a recent Masters Degree from UCD, her book on Corporate Governance in the Irish Arts Sector was published by the Chartered Accountants Ireland. Date of Appointment 23rd October 2015 Term 5 years
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
Sheila O’Regan has a lifetime interest in the arts, history and heritage and is very involved in cultural activities in her area. She lives in Co. Limerick and holds an M.A. in Local History from University of Limerick. She is heavily involved in the community and voluntary sector particularly with Voluntary Housing at local and County level. She is a producer/presenter with local Community Radio. Involved in many other organisations she is firmly committed to the community. Date of Appointment 13th September 2014 Term 5 years
Tim Scanlon is the Partnership Chairman of Matheson one of Ireland’s largest law firms. Tim was previously the head of both the Corporate & Commercial Department and the Financial Institutions Group in Matheson. Tim is one of the most experienced corporate lawyers in the Irish market and has advised on many of the most significant transactions that have taken place in the market. In particular, he has advised many leading companies and financial institutions on strategically important projects and transactions undertaken by them in Ireland. Date of Appointment 31st January 2016 Term 5 years
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