Member Type: External Directors

Rose McHugh

Rose McHugh is currently chair of Crawford Art Gallery and is non-executive director of Bank of America Europe and Irish Life Group. She is also a member of the Governing Body of UCC. She served two terms as chair of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), was chair of Brook Foods and is a former non-executive director of Origin Enterprises Plc, Bord na Mona and The Fota Hotel Collection.  She was formerly executive director and head of corporate finance at Merrion Capital. Prior to this appointment, she was deputy CEO of SWS Group, a renewable energy and diversified services group and a Director of Taxation with EY. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, an Associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland, with a law degree and MBA from UCC. She is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors.

James Hickey

James Hickey is a film and screen content producer and a media policy consultant. He was the Chief Executive of Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland (“Screen Ireland”) formerly Bord Scannan na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board from 2011 to 2019. Screen Ireland is a statutory governmental agency established to assist and encourage the making of films in Ireland and the development of the industry for film production in Ireland. Prior to this appointment James was from 1992 to 2011 a media and entertainment lawyer and the partner in charge of the Media and Entertainment Law Group in Matheson Ormsby Prentice, now Matheson, Ireland’s largest law firm. He is currently a member of the boards of the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art and the Galway Film Centre and a member of the Film and TV Drama Committee of Screen Producers Ireland. He is also a member of the European Film Academy and the European Producers’ Club and was Chairman of the Project Arts Centre (1982 – 1988) and the National Theatre Society (Abbey Theatre) (1992 – 2001). He was educated at Trinity College Dublin, (MA (Dub) LLB).

Clare Duignan

Clare Duignan is a non-executive director with extensive board experience across private, public and not-for-profit sectors. During her career at RTÉ, she gained wide-ranging senior executive experience, with over 20 years in key leadership roles including Head of Independent Productions, Director of Programmes TV, and Managing Director Radio and Performing Groups. Clare is currently a board member with Fáilte Ireland, The Irish Times DAC, The Chester Beatty Library, and Business to Arts.  She recently chaired the Irish Government’s Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce. She has previously served on the board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, The Dublin International Film Festival, and The Arts Council, and she chaired the Advisory Board of ShinAwil Film and Television.

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