Under the National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Act 2015, the NCH became the statutory body charged with establishing both the national venue for music performance, and the institution responsible for promoting and supporting music as an integral part of Irish life. This legislation obliges the NCH to provide and operate the national venue for musical performance and appreciation, and to deliver activities, including the promotion of concerts and recitals “having regard to international standards and good practice”.
The NCH is a Registered Charity in Ireland. Registered Charity Number: 20011987
National Concert Hall Board of Directors
The National Concert Hall Board consists of a Chairperson and 8 ordinary members appointed by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Each Board member is appointed for a specific term. The current Chairperson of the Board is Maura McGrath.
Members of the Board are:
Maura McGrath (Chairperson. NCH Board member since 2014. Extensive experience in Human Resource Management and Corporate Governance)
John Reynolds (Former Chief Executive of KBC Bank. Extensive board and business experience)
Don Thornhill (Former Secretary General of the Department of Education. Extensive experience on a wide range of boards and selection committees)
James Cavanagh (Orchestra conductor and trumpet player with extensive experience as a music educationalist. Previously Head of Performing Groups, RIAM and in demand nationally as an adviser and music consultant)
Rebecca Gageby (NCH Board Member since 2014. Over twenty years of experience in corporate governance, project management, public relations and in working strategically with multiple stakeholders in the public and private sector. Previously, she worked in the Royal Irish Academy and has a particular interest in equality, diversity and inclusion as drivers of innovation)
Hilary Hough (Certified accountant and chartered director with a wide range of corporate finance, accounting and general management experience. Held a number of senior positions is Bank of Ireland including Corporate Lending Manager, Head of the SME Division, Head of Group Public Affairs and Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance. Hilary teaches on the Trinity College MBA programme)
Michelle O’Sullivan (Over 21 years HR experience working at senior leadership level in a multi-national investment bank. As qualified and accredited coach & mentor she holds the Practitioner Diploma in Coaching with Neuroscience. Experienced in leading multi-cultural teams delivering global HR strategy & ensuring fit for purpose across multiple countries. Excellent stakeholder & relationship management experience partnering with senior executives & passionate about ensuring alignment of HR & business strategies to deliver on business objectives.)
Peter McKenna (Stadium Director of Croke Park and Commercial Director of the GAA. His business expertise covers strategic planning, sales and marketing, innovative new business development, and financial planning. He has extensive experience in developing sponsorship relationships and fundraising. He is a recognised leader in sustainability practice in venue management. His experience also extends to the delivery of major projects)
Niamh Murray (Principal of Kilmacanogue National School on secondment as Director of Blackrock Education Centre. Her career in Education has facilitated a very positive connectivity with young people and enabled her to help develop their life skills and abilities, most especially in Music. She is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest sopranos. She was a regular and popular performer at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, for many years and indeed throughout her long and varied singing career, Niamh appeared in the National Concert Hall on more than a hundred occasions)
Professor Cliona Doris is Senior Lecturer in Music, TU Dublin Conservatoire, Technological University Dublin. She has broad experience with several national music organisations and internationally with the World Harp Congress. Her orchestral experience includes her former role as Head of Orchestral Studies at TU Dublin Conservatoire, and working as a harpist with orchestras (including the NSO) in a freelance capacity.
Secretary to the Board of the National Concert Hall is Margaret Larkin
National Concert Hall Team
The day-to-day management of the Hall is the responsibility of the Chief Executive, Robert Read who is accountable to the Board of Directors for all aspects of the Hall’s operations. He is supported by his Senior Management Team, as follows:
Helen Carroll (Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy)
Nigel Flegg (Head of Learning and Participation)
Margaret Larkin (Acting Chief Operating Officer)
Anthony Long (General Manager of National Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
Gary Sheehan (Head of Programme Planning)
Barry Walsh (Head of Operations)
Rosita Wolfe (Head of Marketing and Communications)
National Concert Hall Patron
The National Concert Hall is privileged to have Mr Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, as its honouree patron.
A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, Michael D. Higgins has previously served at almost every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
President Higgins and his wife, Sabina are regular attenders at concerts and events here at the National Concert Hall.
Contact the National Concert Hall
National Concert Hall
General enquiries to NCH can be made directly to email@example.com or by calling +3531 4170077 (or to the Box Office on +3531 4170000)