BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Brian McEnery (Chairman)
Date Of appointment: December 2021
Brian McEnery is the Head of Advisory for BDO in Ireland. He is a Corporate Finance & Advisory Partner and specialises in advising companies on their financing, planning and strategy. Brian has a range of governance and public sector experience having previously been a board member of the National Asset Management Agency (2009 – 2018), the Shannon Foynes Port Company and Limerick City of Culture 2014. He served as the Chairman of HIQA between 2013 and 2018.
Date of appointment: December 2016
Michael J Keane is the Vice-President Administration & Finance at Mary Immaculate College and sits on the College’s governing authority An tÚdarás Rialaithe. Born in Limerick, he graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He has worked with Coopers & Lybrand accountants (now PWC) and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. From 1993 to 1995 he worked for the relief and development agency GOAL throughout East Africa.
Following this time – Michael ran Shannonside Oil for many years and joined Mary Immaculate College as Director of Finance in 2013. Today he sits on the College Executive Team, Audit and Risk Committee, Finance and Resource Committee and Equality Committee and oversees much of the professional services work of the College.
Date of appointment: October 2018
Muriel Collins is from Patrickswell, Co. Limerick. She is a Specialist Orthodontist and has run her own private practice in Dooradoyle, since 1990. Educated in Drishane Convent,
Millstreet, Co. Cork she subsequently attended UCC where she studied Dentistry and qualified in 1979. She graduated with a Diploma in Orthodontics from the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1990.
In 1998 Muriel was President of the Limerick branch of Network, an organisation for women in business. She also had the honour of being President of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland in 2006. Currently she is the incoming chairman of the board of CareBright CLG, an organisation very close to her heart because her Mum had dementia.
Date of appointment: January 2021
Graham Burns has over 20 years of experience in the regional recruitment and staffing market in Ireland. Graham specialises in the supply of bespoke staffing solutions aimed at improving efficiency.
Working across the CPL Group, Graham account manages and looks after new Business Development in the supply of RPO services (Recruitment Process Outsource) permanent, temporary/contract staff and Managed Service staff across a range of sectors and territories.
Date of appointment: January 2021
Dee Ryan joined Limerick Chamber in August 2018. Dee previously ran an award winning Limerick based SME, SPARK Marketing and also served as Executive Director of Limerick based international aid agency Bóthar.
Dee is an honours degree graduate in Business Studies from UL and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute. She also holds a Certificate in Business, International Relations and the Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dee sits on the Home & Social Development SPC and the Climate Action, Biodiversity & Environment SPC ‘s in Limerick City & County Council as well as a trustee of Limerick Milk Market.
Date of appointment: January 2022
David Downes has worked as a composer, orchestrator and music producer for twenty-five years. A graduate of music & composition from Trinity College, Dublin, he has spent much of his professional career working between the recording studio and the stage in areas of orchestral and contemporary music as composer or orchestrator, and in the commercial arena in theatrical and television projects that have brought him international recognition including an Emmy nomination.
He has worked extensively for theatre as composer, music director and orchestrator, including Riverdance (Broadway), The Bloody Irish! (PBS), The Shaughraun (Abbey Theatre), The Cordelia Dream (Irish Rep, New York) and most recently there will be no silence for cello and piano.
Date of appointment: September 2021
Mamobo Ogoro is a Researcher, Activist and Social Entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Gorm Media. Gorm Media is a start-up impact focused digital media company with a mission is to unify communities by having young people use their voice. Gorm’s vision is to spark a movement of unity and shared understanding through innovative digital media (namely creative video content) that captures the stories, nuances, and experiences of those in our diverse community. With over 8 years experience working in the area of migration, refugee integration & psycho-social support for new migrants, Ogoro is passionate about the inclusion of diverse voices in creative arts and the media and sits also as the Co-Chair of the Ethnic Diversity Forum at the University of Limerick.
Photograph by Eilís Walsh
Date of appointment: February 2022
John Crumlish has been involved in the cultural sector for most of his professional life with the last 20 years as CEO of Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF). During that time, the festival has developed into one of Ireland’s best-known cultural enterprises with regular attendance figures in excess of 250,000. Now a major European festival, it’s one of the Guardian’s Top 10 Summer Festivals. GIAF is also now a major producer of new, award-winning work in both the theatre and visual arts. Since 2011 GIAF productions and co-productions have toured nationally and internationally across the UK, USA, Europe, Asia and Australia, winning 15 national & international awards and been nominated for 40.
He is currently a member of the governing body of NUI Galway. He has also served on the board of the Arts Council, the Fáilte Ireland West Forum, the Project Board of The Gathering chaired the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 bid committee and served on the boards of a number of cultural organisations.
Date of appointment: September 2019
Caroline Senior has extensive experience in the arts and business. A graduate of TCD, she worked as a music teacher, with the Association of Irish Choirs and as Artistic Director of Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford. In 2107 she became the CEO of West Waterford Festival of Food and in September 2019, became the Chief Operations Officer of the company she co-founded with her husband, Blackwater Distillery.
She was a member of the Arts Council from 2008 to 2013 and has been a board member of the Lime Tree Theatre since September 2019.
Orla Ní Eidhin
Date of appointment: January 2022
Orla is a Senior Vice President with Northern Trust Corporation, based in their Limerick office, leading a global team of capability development specialists. Born in Limerick, she graduated from University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law & Accounting and went on to attain professional qualification with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has served as a director of the company pension arrangements since 2016.
For the majority of her 20+ year career, Orla has worked in the Financial Services sector in Ireland with assignment to Northern Trust’s office in Manila in recent years and prior to joining Northern Trust spent 2 years on placement with VSO Nepal as a volunteer Management Adviser where she supported a local NGO in funding development and financial governance.
Louise Donlon (Executive Director)
Date of appointment: April 2012
Louise Donlon is the Theatre Director of the Lime Tree Theatre at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She is a music graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and UCD and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the IPA. She has extensive experience in a career in the arts spanning 30 years, and worked with Island Theatre Company, Druid Theatre Company and the Dunamaise Arts Centre before taking up her current position as the founding director. She is a member of NASC, a network of regional theatres established to promote touring of high quality work to the regions. She was a member of the Arts Council from 2008 to 2013.