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.

Paula Mc Hugh (Chairperson)

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 Niamh NicGhabhann

Appointed 28/01/2021

Niamh NicGhabhann is Assistant Dean, Research (Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences), and Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Limerick. Following her BA and PhD at Trinity College Dublin, she was the founding course director of the MA Festive Arts Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Her research focuses on Irish art and architecture, as well as aspects of cultural policy, festivals and festivity. She is currently the chair of the Irish Humanities Alliance.

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.