About the Board

The Board of the Museum comprises a chairperson and 15 ordinary members.

The principal functions of the Board is:

To maintain, manage, control, protect, preserve, record, research and enlarge the collection of museum heritage objects for the benefit of the public and to increase and diffuse in and outside the State knowledge of human life in Ireland, of the natural history of Ireland and of the relations of Ireland in these respects with other countries.

Members of the Board


Date of Appointment

Term Nominated By
Catherine Heaney (Chair) 6 July 2016 5 years  
John Bowen 6 July 2016 5 years  
Mary Crotty 6 July 2016 (re-appointed) 5 years  
Ingrid Hook 6 July 2016 5 years RDS
Kathleen James-Chakraborty 6 July 2016 5 years Royal Irish Academy
Ambrose Loughlin 6 July 2016 5 years  
Judith McCarthy 6 July 2016 5 years  
Denise Moroney 6 July 2016 5 years  
Declan Nelson 6 July 2016 5 years  
Mary O'Dowd 6 July 2016 5 years Royal Irish Academy
Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh 6 July 2016 (resigned January 2018) 5 years  
Andrew Power 6 July 2016 5 years  
Lynn Scarff 6 July 2016 (resigned Dec. 2017) 5 years  
Virginia Teehan 6 July 2016 5 years  
Aidan Walsh 6 July 2016 5 years  
Karen Wilson 6 July 2016 (resigned October 2017) 5 years Staff Representative













Ms Catherine Heaney (Chair)

Catherine Heaney is founder and Managing Director of DHR Communications, a full service public relations and public affairs agency which was launched in 2004 and is based in Dublin. Before setting up DHR, Catherine was Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association and served as Press Officer for the Labour Party. She has studied at the University of Ulster and the DIT School of Journalism. She has studied law at post graduate level and completed the programme in Global Communications at Columbia University in New York. She has since lectured on that programme in Columbia, and is an architect of the MA in Journalism and PR at Griffith College in Dublin. Catherine is a thought-leader in the Corporate Social Responsibility space in Ireland, and was appointed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to sit on the Government’s Corporate Social Responsibility Forum. She recently served on the Heritage Council, where she chaired its Finance and Audit Committee.

Mr John Bowen

John Bowen is CEO of BowenConsult which provides strategic consultancy services and serves on the boards of a number of private companies as director or Chairman. A Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, he has a strong business background, and is a qualified negotiator and an Accredited Mediator. His career included engineering and management roles prior to joining the Bowen Group, where as CEO he oversaw its growth to become one of Ireland’s leading construction organisations.  He was Chairman of the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork from 2006-2016 and is a Warden of the Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin which is responsible for the Assay Office at Dublin Castle. 

Ms Mary Crotty

Mary Crotty began her career with the Irish Tourist Board in New York, before returning to Dublin to take up the post of in-house Public Relations Manager with the Jurys Hotel Group. Mary established a strong network of contacts and went on to establish her own PR firm in1983, a consumer and corporate focused Public Relations Consultancy. Mary is a graduate of Communications from NYU.
Over the past 30 years, Mary has led many memorable Public Relations campaigns on behalf of National and International Brands, as well as being Unit Publicist on a number of films, most notably Michael Collins. Mary is a former Board Member of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Ireland and former Chairperson of the International Public Relations Network. She was appointed to the Board of the National Museum Ireland for a second term in 2016.

Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty – Nominee of the Royal Irish Academy

Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History at University College Dublin. From 2016 to 2017, she was the Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at Yale University.  She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and of the Board of the Chester Beatty Library, and the past Chair of the Board of the Irish Architecture Foundation.  Her recent books include Architecture since 1400 (Minnesota, 2014) and the edited collection India in Art in Ireland (Routledge, 2016).

Mr Ambrose Loughlin

Ambrose Loughlin is Head of Risk and Compliance with McCann FitzGerald, one of Ireland’s leading law firms. Between 1995 and February 2017 he was a partner with the firm specialising in advising on financial regulatory and corporate governance matters for many of the international banking, investment funds and insurance businesses operating both in Ireland and outside Ireland.  He has particular expertise advising on anti-money laundering, false accounting and fraud investigations. Ambrose has served as Chair of the Audit Committee of the Department of Finance since 2014.

Professor Ingrid Hook - Nominee of the Royal Dublin Society 

Ingrid Hook is a pharmacist and until retirement, was Senior Lecturer and Head of School at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. Ingrid has previously held positions as a Member of Council for the Consumer Association of Ireland, CAI Representative to the Health and Safety Authority and was a member of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA, previously IMB). She is currently an expert on the HPRA’s Herbal Medicines Sub-Committee and a member of the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy.  She joined the RDS in 1973, becoming Chair of the Committee of Science and Technology and a Member of the Foundation Board (from 2013 to 2016) and was elected to Council (2014) and subsequently to the Board of Management (2016). 

Ms Judith McCarthy

Judith McCarthy has been the Curator of Donegal County Museum since 1994. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ancient History/Archaeology and History from Trinity College and subsequently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration in University College Dublin. She worked in the National Museum of Ireland and the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris before taking up her current position in Donegal.
Donegal County Museum achieved maintenance of Full Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland in 2015.  The Museum has developed successful partnerships with other museums, groups and organisations both locally and nationally, to promote and preserve the heritage of Donegal.

Ms Denise Moroney

Denise Moroney is founder and Managing Director of Brand Dynamics. With a Masters degree in Business Studies from University College Dublin, a recent Post-Grad in Digital Marketing, her experience as Head of Marketing at The Irish Times and Marketing Manager of Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland, Denise's expertise lies in brand development, strategic marketing, market research, and digital marketing strategy.
Her unstoppable quest for developing leading edge, inspirational solutions to marketing challenges won her the position of Chairman of The Marketing Society of Ireland for two years 1994-1996 and election to Council of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in 2000 - 2013.

Mr Declan Nelson

Declan Nelson is a native of County Louth.  He studied at Bolton Street College of Technology and University College Dublin. The bulk of his career was spent in the local government service, which culminated in his appointment as Monaghan County Manager in 2000.
He has extensive experience of working with all areas of the public sector, including Government Departments, statutory bodies and other state agencies, E.U. Institutions and Cross Border bodies. He has served as a member of various boards and was Chairman of the Local Government Computer Services Board and Monaghan County Development Board.

Dr Andrew Power

Andrew Power is Registrar at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dún Laoghaire, the leading Irish educator in the cultural, digital media and film sectors. Before moving into higher education, Andrew worked for many years in the private sector for multinationals such as Digital Equipment (now Hewlett Packard), Intel Ireland and Irish eLearning company CBT Systems (Skillsoft). Originally qualified as an Engineer, Andrew has since completed further postgraduate studies in music and the arts, an MBA, and a Doctorate in Governance. Andrew has published a number of books and papers on issues of technological and societal governance in a digital age. 

Professor Mary O'Dowd - Nominee of the Royal Irish Academy

Mary O’Dowd is Professor of Gender History at Queen’s University of Belfast. She was a founding member of the Women's History Association of Ireland and is an honorary member of the Board of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History.  Her research focuses on the history of women and gender in Ireland.  She is author of A History of Women in Ireland, 1500-1800 (2005) and has recently completed a co-authored study of the history of marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925.  She is a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010. 

Ms Virginia Teehan

Qualified as an archivist, Virginia Teehan has worked in in the cultural sector for over 25 years and developed the first Irish institutional university archives service in the 1990s. In 1999, as Director of Heritage and Visual Arts she developed the brief for the Glucksman Gallery and served as a member of its inaugural board (2003-2008). In 2003, she was appointed Director of the Hunt Museum, Limerick before returning to University College Cork in 2009 to her current role as Director of Cultural Projects. She has served as Chair of the Society of Archivists and as a member of The Heritage Council (1999-2008).

Mr Aidan Walsh

Aidan Walsh retired from museum consultancy, in Ireland the UK recently. He was previously Director of the Northern Ireland Museums Council and first curator of the pioneering Monaghan County Museum in the Republic of Ireland. In his career, he chaired ICOM-UK (International Council of Museums), the Irish Museums Association and ICOM-Ireland and represented Northern Ireland on the Council of the UK Museums Association. He was also the Founding Chair of the Gulbenkian Irish Museum of the Year Awards. He also sat on the board of Intercom, the International Committee for Museum Management.