Minister Deenihan is seeking “suitably qualified and experienced persons” for non-executive positions on the Irish Film Board

Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is seeking applications from “suitably qualified and experienced persons” Members of the public are being encouraged to apply to fill future vacancies for non-executive positions that may arise on the board of the Irish Film Board.

In 2011 the department placed an advertisement seeking applications from interested parties to apply for positions on the boards of The National Gallery of Ireland, The Abbey Theatre, and The Irish Film Board

It not clear why Minister Deenihan has sought new applications:  those interested are asked to state their area of expertise, relevant experience and qualifications, and also set out “clearly any actual or potential conflicts of interest” that might arise should they be appointed to the board.

Could this be a serious attempt to change the way appointments are made to state boards, and  interesting that applicants are asked to clearly set out actual or potential conflicts of interest? However the Minister quantified that by saying he may also appoint persons to the board who do not apply to this current call out.  A quick glance at the current list of board members and it’s difficult to see any of the names where there is is not at least some conflict of interest. (information from the IFB website)

James Morris (Chair) is a graduate of Trinity College and trained as a Film Editor in London. He founded Windmill Lane Pictures and Recording Studios on his return to Dublin. He led the Windmill Consortium to win the television franchise for TV3 in 1989. In 1990 he founded The Mill – Film and TV Post Production Company in London. He was appointed non-executive Chairman of TV3 from 1998-2006 and joined the board of the International Dublin Film Festival in 2004. James has been Chair of the IFB board since 2005 and receives an annual fee of €8.978 for his work in this role.

Lesley McKimm is an independent Producer who has been working in television drama, film and documentary production for the last 14 years. Her producing credits include the drama series Any Time Now for BBC 1 & RTE 1, No Tears for RTE 1, Relative Strangers for RTE & ZDF and the historical documentary series In Search of Ancient Ireland for PBS and RTE. She is a co-director in the production company Newgrange Pictures. Lesley has been a board member since 2005 and receives an annual fee of €5.985 for her work in this role.

Tristan Orpen Lynch has been involved in the Irish film and music industry since 1989. With his company Subotica Films, Tristan has produced a major documentary on the Abbey Theatre for RTE and the feature film Song For A Raggy Boy starring Aidan Quinn and Iain Glen. His most recent production has been the RTE TV drama Proof and the feature film Small Engine Repair. Tristan has been a board member since 2005 and receives an annual fee of €5.985 for his work in this role.

Kevin Moriarty is the former Managing Director of Ardmore Studios. He is Chair of the Kerry Screen Commission and a board member of the Wicklow Film Commission and the Irish Film Institute. Kevin is also Chairman of Media Desk Ireland.  Kevin has been a board member since 2005 and receives an annual fee of €5.985 for his work in this role.

Kirsten Sheridan is a writer, director and producer with Blindside Films, after graduating with a distinction from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, design and Technology in 1998. Kirsten followed her award winning college short Patterns with an Irish Film Board/RTE short cut The Case of Majella McGinty. She directed her first feature, the critically acclaimed DISCO PIGS in 2001 and went on to co-write the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated In America.  Kirsten has been a board member since 2005 and receives an annual fee of €5.985 for her work in this role.

Barry Grace is a composer and producer. As well as scoring a number of short films such as ZANZIBAR, he has provided the music to numerous television commercials both here and abroad including Guinness, Kellogg’s and Cadbury’s. He has scored a number of television dramas and documentaries such as ‘Dear Daughter’ and recently ‘Grandfather, speak to me in Russian’. He is currently producing his first commercial album. Barry has been a board member since 2009 and receives an annual fee of €5.985 for his work in this role.

Johnny Gogan founded Bandit Films in 1989 and has directed and produced over ten films for cinema and TV, including the award-winning features THE LAST BUS HOME and MAPMAKER.  Founding editor of Film Ireland magazine in 1987 for Filmbase, more recent innovations have included the world cinema exhibitor Cinema North West, the organisation he chaired until 2007 and Adaptation, the Leitrim based festival which celebrates the relationship of literature and cinema. Johnny has been a board member since 2009 and receives an annual fee of €5.985 for his work in this role.

The deadline for applications is October 26. Those interested should contact Eileen O’Leary at or in writing to Eileen O’Leary, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, New Road, Killarney, Co Kerry.

© Tom Dowling 2012 image by Tom Dowling

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  1. Great news for me! I am the producer of “la mula” and James Morris, Tristan Lynch, James Hickey and ex CEO Perry, all have a conflict of interest.

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