Board of Directors

The Contemporary Music Centre is governed by a board of directors with the overall management of the centre being carried out by the Executive Director. CMC’s Board of Directors maintains close contact with the executive and energetically contributes to the centre’s strategic development. The board of directors encompasses a range of skills and expertise, legal, professional composition, music promotion & community music, third level music education, professional performance, film production and academia. Given CMC’s all-Ireland remit and ethos, board members are based in different regions of the island of Ireland. The CMC board ensures organisational and operational excellence, with the sustainability and continual development of staffing, governance, building, financial matters and resources to achieve the centre’s goals.

Dr Patricia Flynn (Chairperson)

Patricia Flynn is Lecturer in Music and Co-ordinator of Music Education Courses in the faculty of Humanities at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra. She is also Director of reseach at the college. Her interest in the development of music in Ireland is reflected in her research and teaching. Her research engages with Music Education and wider music development in areas of national importance. She was the lead investigator and Director of the project Knowing the Score: the Contribution of Local Authorities to Music Development in Ireland and is currently the principal investigator of a research partnership with Music Generation: Developing Diversities in Performance Music Education. She is the founder of the Music Educators’ Orchestra (MEO) and co-founder of the web based resource

Brian Carson

CEO, Moving on Music, Belfast. Brian started voluntary promotion of jazz and other musics in Belfast in the late 1970’s. He founded Project Jazz, a promotions collective, in the early eighties to support modern forms of jazz and provide a platform for local musicians. Brian was employed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from 1989 to 1995, in a jazz development role. In 1995 Brian set up the not-for-profit, professional, promotions company Moving on Music and currently fills the post of CEO; performances by local and international artists form a significant part of the annual programme.

Mona O’Leary

Qualified as a solicitor in 1976, Mona has operated her own firm since 1977 and with the possible exception of copyright, has dealt with most areas of Law. In addition she has a Diploma in Education, a qualification in Teaching English as a foreign language and a Diploma in mediation. Mona served on the board of the Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival at the invitation of the founder and artistic director, Irish mezzo-soprano Bernadette Greevy, for approximately four years until its demise. She has also served on an interview board for the State Solicitor’s office and worked as a volunteer for the F.L.A.C (the free legal service) for approximately twenty-five years.

Dr. Karen Power

A versatile, enthusiastic and well received Irish composer Karen seeks to stimulate, engage and interact with audiences. Her work utilizes two primary sources; acoustic instruments and everyday sounds, spaces and soundscapes. Karen’s output is diverse - both in its approach and delivery - and her primary aim is to capture and translate the essence of an idea through any artistic means necessary. For example, recent projects have been presented as orchestral works, sonic installations, collaborations between sound and dance, image and experimental film, free improvisations and musical happenings. For more information:

Barney Whelan

Former Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, An Post, Barney spent many years in the aquaculture industry and was subsequently responsible for public relations and brand communications at ESB, where he managed a large Atys sponsorship portfolio. He later held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing at The Food Safety Promotion Board. He later joined An Post as Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs. Mr Whelan is currently a Governor of The National Gallery, a board member and Trustee of Genio and a Board member of Drinkaware. Barney served as Chair of the Improvised Music Company, Tallaght Community Arts and CoisCeim Dance Theatre. He is a former Board member of the National Concert Hall, Opera Theatre Co, The Music in Great Houses Festival, The Dublin Fringe Festival,  Business2Arts and General Manager, The Guitar Festival of Ireland. Former Director and shareholder of Red Hen Publishing Ltd, Margaret Gowen Ltd, MGL Properties and  MGL Holdings; all archaeological and heritage consultancy businesses. Mr Whelan has served as a member of the Foundation Board of the National College of Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

Seamus Crimmins

Seamus has played a central role in music in Ireland, particularly through a number of key positions which he held at RTÉ. In 1998 he was given responsibility for the creation and launch of RTÉ Lyric fm as Station Head. He originated the Gerald Barry Festival in 2000 and in 2002 RTÉ Lyric fm won PPI National Station of the Year and Overall Best Station of the Year Awards. He was Executive Director RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs for six years from 2007. He is particularly proud of his part in the inauguration of New Music Dublin – a unique partnership between RTÉ, the NCH and the Arts Council – and the creation of fresh artistic teams for RTÉ NSO, RTÉ CO, RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and RTÉ Cor na nÓg. He also reinvigorated plans for chamber music provision in RTÉ. Seamus has held two significant Arts Council positions as Arts Policy Director and, until recently, Music Adviser. As an adjudicator he has Chaired RTÉ Television’s All Island School Choir Competition, RDS Music Bursary and, each year since its inception, the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition. Previous board experience includes West Cork Music, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Note Productions and Opera Theatre Company. Currently he is a board member of the CMC and Irish Baroque Orchestra. He has just been elected to the RDS Committee of Arts.