RTÉ Board

On 4th November 2014 Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White nominated, Moya Doherty as Chair to serve alongside four newly appointed Ministerial nominees; Frank Hannigan, Deborah Kelleher, PJ Mathews, Anne O’Leary.

Mr Fergus Armstrong was also reappointed to the Board. In addition, the recently elected RTÉ staff representative, Mr Robert Shortt, was appointed by Government. RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes is also a member of the Board.

On the 17th of February four board members, nominated by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications were appointed; Fionnuala Sheehan, Margaret E Ward, Shane Naughton, Pádraig Ó Céidigh.

Member First Appointed Term-End Date
Moya Doherty* 4/11/2014 6/11/2022
Ian Kehoe 9/10/2018 8/10/2023
Deborah Kelleher* 4/11/2014 6/11/2022
Dee Forbes 11/7/2016 10/7/2023
Frank Hannigan 4/11/2014 3/11/2019
Dr PJ Matthews 4/11/2014 3/11/2019
Anne O’Leary 4/11/2014 3/11/2019
Robert Shortt ** 29/5/2018 3/11/2019
Fionnuala Sheehan 17/2/2015 16/2/2020
Margaret Ward 17/2/2015 16/2/2020
Shane Naughton 17/2/2015 16/2/2020
Eoin McVey 20/12/2016 16/2/2020

*Serving second term as RTÉ Board Member

**RTÉ Staff representative

Six Board members are appointed on the nomination of the Minister; the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources proposes four members to the Minister; the Director General of RTÉ is an ex officio member; and one member of staff is appointed following election.

Moya Doherty (Chair)

Moya Doherty’s career encompasses the creative industries, theatre, radio and television production and presentation, both in Ireland and internationally. She fronted a number of arts, features and documentary programmes for RTÉ. As executive producer, Moya produced a number of charity telethons, the Eurovision Song Contest and the televised opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Ireland in 2003.

Moya developed the original concept for Riverdance and was the Commissioning Producer for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1994. She was a director of Tyrone Productions, one of Ireland’s leading independent television production companies, whose output includes drama, documentary and entertainment programming.

She was a founding director of the radio station Today FM. Moya has sat on a number of arts-related boards, including seven years as chair of the Dublin International Theatre Festival, The Abbey Theatre, The Ark Children’s Theatre in Dublin, and Business to Arts and Walnut Hill Arts School in Massachusetts. Moya has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. She has also received honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and the National University of Ireland in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the world of the arts in Ireland.

Dee Forbes, Director-General

(Ex-officio member following appointment as Director-General on 11 July 2016)

Dee Forbes was appointed Director-General of RTÉ with effect from 11 July 2016. Prior to taking up her role at RTÉ, Dee was based in London for more than 27 years, working for broadcasters and advertising agency Young and Rubicam.

Most recently she was President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Northern Europe. Dee joined Discovery in 2010 as Head of the UK/Ireland operation and progressively grew her responsibilities to eventually lead the Northern Europe region, which included 18 markets and territories and 27 channels, both free-to-air and subscription, which broadcast to more than 276 million households across Northern Europe each month.

Before joining Discovery, Dee led Turner Broadcasting’s business in the UK and Ireland, which consisted of seven entertainment channels, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM. She spent several years working at Turner in a variety of commercial roles, including General Manager for the Nordic/ Central and Eastern Europe and EMEA regions, and Head of Advertising Sales for Europe. Dee is a former non-executive director of the board of The Irish Times and currently sits on the board of Munster Rugby. A native of Drimoleague in west Cork, Dee is a graduate of UCD where she studied history and politics.

Frank Hannigan

Frank Hannigan has worked in traditional media and software companies for 30 years. He started in radio and print, and later worked in social media. He has previously worked at the Sunday Tribune, Hot Press and Examiner Publications.

As an entrepreneur, he has raised more than €40 million investment for projects. He has worked as a founder, a mentor and an investor with some of the most exciting start-ups in Ireland. Frank is a visiting lecturer in Irish universities, speaking on topics from media to lean start-up.

Deborah Kelleher

Appointed Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) in October 2010, Deborah Kelleher has played an integral role in setting up and developing outreach, distance and academic courses in the RIAM over the last number of years. She played a key part in the introduction of a specialised undergraduate degree in composition, the first music technology programme at the RIAM, and numerous professional development courses for teachers throughout the country. In 2013, RIAM became an Associated College of Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Deborah oversaw this significant transition.

She studied music at TCD and was awarded master’s degrees in musicology (UCD) and business administration (Dublin City University). She was recognised as one of Ireland’s finest pianists of her generation and worked for many years as Head of Musicianship atthe RIAM. In recent years, she has specialised in working with singers and counts Ailish Tynan, Mairéad Buicke, Tara Erraught and the late Bernadette Greevy among her recital partners.

She is a board member of the Dublin International Piano Competition, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and Lyric Opera. She has also served on the Arts Council’s Peer Review Panel. Deborah is a Vice-President of the 12-person council of the Association of European Conservatoires (AEC), the umbrella body for more than 280 conservatoires in Europe. 76

Ian Kehoe

Ian Kehoe is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster. In 2014, at the age of 34, he was appointed Editor of The Sunday Business Post newspaper, a position he held for four years. During that time, he was appointed to the board of the newspaper and an associated printing business.

Ian is a former presenter and reporter with RTÉ’s Prime Time, and has made a number of major television documentaries including Who’s Buying Ireland and The Great Irish Sell-Off. Ian has twice been named as Ireland’s Business and Economics Journalist of the Year, and has also won a Miriam Hederman O’Brien Award for his contribution to Irish fiscal policy. He is the co-author of Citizen Quinn, a bestselling book about the rise and fall of industrialist Seán Quinn.

Eoin McVey

Eoin McVey is a journalist. He trained in accountancy with the Dublin practice of Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and then joined The Irish Times as a financial journalist. Further appointments included Business Editor, Assistant Editor and Managing Editor.

He served as a Director of The Irish Times Ltd and Irish Times Publications Ltd. He was a founding director of the Press Council of Ireland and served on its board for six years. Eoin is a member of the Board of Management of the RDS and of its governing council. He is also on the Board of the National Library of Ireland. He chairs the Audit & Risk committees in both organisations.

Dr P.J. Mathews

Dr P.J. Mathews is an associate professor in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD and specialises in Irish literature and culture. He is the author of Revival (published by Field Day/Cork UP in 2003), a study of the Irish cultural revival period; editor of the Cambridge Companion to J.M. Synge (2009); and co-editor of A Handbook of the Irish Revival (published by the Abbey Theatre in 2015). Dr Mathews is the founder and director of academic podcasting for UCD scholarcast (www.ucd.ie/ scholarcast). He was director of the Parnell Summer School from 2002 to 2005 and was appointed Naughton Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame for 2007–8. He is an external member of the Irish studies group at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and co-convenor of the Irish Studies Doctoral Research Network.

Shane Naughton

Shane Naughton is Chief Financial Officer of the Economist Group, a leading source of independent analysis on international business and world affairs. It includes The Economist newspaper among its businesses. Previously, he was global Chief Financial Officer of EMI Music, the international music business containing the Capitol, Virgin, Blue Note and Parlophone labels, and with artists ranging from the Beatles and the Beach Boys to Coldplay and Katy Perry.

Before that, as CEO of UBM plc’s Connect division, Shane managed a portfolio of business magazines. He gained extensive television and broadcasting experience during his time with Sky. He also worked at Coca-Cola and Dell Computers in a variety of finance roles. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and holds a law degree from UCD.

Anne O’Leary

Anne O’Leary is an experienced business executive with a proven track record in helping companies develop new routes to market and exploit technology to optimise potential. Anne has a very good understanding of corporate governance and compliance. As a member of the Institute of Directors, she has an updated understanding of the requirements of both private and State boards. She is a successful entrepreneur, building and selling a world-class technology business, with a strong concentration on strategic partnerships, sales management, marketing, product development and internal/lexternal relationship management. Anne has a broad range of experience across a number of different business sectors. She has a demonstrated ability in diagnostics, strategic planning, facilitation of teams and individuals, and sustainable revenue growth.

Robert Shortt

Robert Shortt joined RTÉ as a journalist on the News at One in 1998 and has since worked across many of the programmes in the News & Current Affairs division. He has served as Business Correspondent and was part of the team which set up The Business on Radio One. He spent four years as Washington Correspondent before moving to Prime Time in 2009.

He has twice won a Smurfit Business Journalist Award for his reporting. Before joining RTÉ, he worked for the Japanese financial newspaper the Nikkei and for the BBC. He was elected as the first chair of the NUJ’s RTÉ Sub Branch and served as Vice Chair of the RTÉ Trade Union Group (TUG) for three years. He holds a BA in English & Economics from UCD and an MSc Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Fionnuala Sheehan 

Fionnuala Sheehan’s career spans the civil service (Department of Finance and Commission on Taxation), the public service (Funding Manager for the newly created Telecom Éireann and its capital investment company, Irish Telecommunications Investments Limited), the commercial sector (Group Treasurer of GPA Limited and its joint-venture companies), higher education (Deputy Registrar, University of Limerick) and the not-for-profit sector (Chief Executive of MEAS – Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society and Chief Executive of FirstLight).

During her career, Fionnuala has led many innovation and change management initiatives. A native of Limerick city, she graduated from NUIG with double first-class honours. She has an MA, a diploma in Applied Finance and a certificate and diploma in Company Direction (awarded by the Institute of Directors). She has served as a Governor of the University of Limerick and a Director of Daghda Dance Company and is a Board member of Extern Ireland.

Margaret E. Ward

Margaret E. Ward is a leadership and management consultant specialising in strategy, change management and communications. As Managing Director of Broadly Speaking, she empowers leading executives and high performing teams throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA) to excel at the highest levels of their organisation. She’s also an experienced board member, serving on the Fáilte Ireland and European Movement Ireland boards, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Margaret’s an experienced entrepreneur who has built two successful companies, brand communications consultancy Clear Ink and Broadly Speaking. She is also a social entrepreneur who founded Women on Air, a not-for-profit group that provides expert women with the skills they need to go on the airwaves. Before starting her first company in 2006, she was an award-winning investigative journalist and financial columnist with The Irish Times, Money Editor for The Sunday Times, a business presenter for Newstalk and a regular contributor to RTÉ, BBC and National Public Radio (USA).

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