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

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.

Alan Maher

Alan Maher has set up Roads Entertainment with Irish entrepreneur Danielle Ryan in 2013. Roads Entertainment is currently developing an ambitious slate of narrative and documentary projects. The feature documentary After The Dance directed by Daisy Asquith for BBC Storyville and the Irish Film Board, will premiere in early 2015. Also set for release in late 2015 is Being AP, a major BBC Films feature documentary directed by Anthony Wonke in association with Moneyglass Films, supported by The Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Screen and the British Horse Racing Authority. Prior to Roads, Alan was a Senior Production Executive at the Irish Film Board for six years where he oversaw half of the feature films on the Board’s slate and was responsible for all of the documentary output. Before joining the Film Board, Alan was Head of Development at Element Pictures for three years. Alan’s executive producer credits include: Kelly and Victor; Dreams of a Life; Knuckle and Men at Lunch. Alan also co-produced the award winning horror film Citadel.

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: