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 IrishMusicEducation.ie.

David Brophy

David Brophy is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. Following further studies in Ireland, England and Holland, he was appointed Apprentice Conductor with Chamber Choir Ireland and subsequently became the first appointee as Assistant Conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. A former Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, David now enjoys a close relationship with both RTÉ orchestras in addition to regular appearances as guest conductor with the Ulster Orchestra. His career has seen him conduct throughout Europe, Africa, the United States, Canada and China. He has broadcast on RTÉ, BBC, CBC (Canada), Sky Arts 2 and across the EBU and has recorded for Silva Screen, RTÉ LyricFM, Tara Records, V2 Records, New World Records and Compass Records recording labels. Aside from his work as a musician, David presented the RTE1 award-winning TV series Instrumental and most recently fronted the IFTA award-winning High Hopes Choir for Tyrone Productions and RTE1 TV. 

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: www.karenpower.ie

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.