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)

Appointed 29/11/2012

Dr Patricia Flynn served as a lecturer in Music and Music Education in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra from 1998 until its incorporation into Dublin City University in 2016, where she was also Director of Research from 2014. She holds a BA in Music and English from UCD and a PhD from the University of Huddersfield. She joined the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science in DCU as Associate Professor of Music in the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music in 2016.  Her research engages with infrastructure for the arts in music and she works extensively with Music Generation, the Contemporary Music Centre and Local Authority Arts Offices. She initiated the Irish Composer’s Project through An Foras Feasa to digitise the archive of contemporary music from Ireland held in CMC in ways that are useful to music research. She is founder and Chair of GlasDrum, an arts organisation who programme a popular music series, chamber music festival and visual art exhibitions in significant heritage and contemporary buildings in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra area, providing public access to the rich heritage of the area. She is strongly committed to strengthening arts infrastructure and policy so it is a viable way of life in Ireland. 

Paula Mc Hugh

Appointed 23/04/2020

Paula McHugh (BMus LTCL PCGE MA) is an experienced Arts Manager with a background in music, and a particular interest in education, outreach and engagement activity. Having previously worked for the Ulster Orchestra, and as Manager of the Ulster Youth Orchestra,  Paula followed her interest in commissioning and promoting new music working for Moving on Music.  While at MOM she established the Night Music series in partnership with BMS and CMC;  promoted the first performance by the Hard Rain Ensemble; programmed performances and workshops by the JACK Quartet; and managed Beyond the March a project involving marching bands in the creation and performance of new music by composers Brian Irvine and Sid Peacock.  In 2014 Paula was appointed as Arts in Health Manager in Belfast Health and Social Trust managing a range creative programmes for patients, service users, staff and visitors across hospital sites and social care settings.

Mona O’Leary

Appointed 16/10/2014

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

Appointed 13/09/2013

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

Appointed 28/07/2016

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

Appointed 14/10/2017

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.