Dónall Curtin

is an experienced board director and business leader who is a highly skilled with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.

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These include Health Insurance Authority, Office of Government Procurement, Chambers Ireland, Abbey Theatre, Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation. Donall was a Partner in the accountancy practice Byrne Curtin Kelly and has in excess of 32 years’ experience. An energetic, skilled and highly motivated business leader with a track record of success in reviewing and setting challenging strategic direction in a wide range of businesses and sectors. A strong advocate of ensuring that best practice and good corporate governance exist within the boardroom and ensuring relevant structures within businesses to facilitate adoption of organisational values throughout.

Valerie Herzberg

heads International Analysis and Relations in the Central Bank of Ireland. Previously, she served as economic advisor to the Vice President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen and President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy.

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Following graduation from the London School of Economics, she spent a number of years at the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund and the European Investment Bank.

Rory Montgomery

recently retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From April 2009 until September 2013, Rory Montgomery was Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the European Union.

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He was involved in the ratification and implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the response to the euro area crisis, and the planning and running of the 2013 Irish Presidency, during which he chaired Coreper 2. From September 2013 until August 2014 he was Ambassador to France (with a secondary accreditation to Monaco). From August 2014 to October 2016 he was Second Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach, with responsibility for EU affairs.

In October 2016 he returned to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Second Secretary General and Director General of the European Union Division, with particular responsibility for the EU-UK negotiations.

He graduated from Trinity (1981), where he was a Scholar and Gold Medallist in History. He later obtained an MBA.

Michael Shovlin


is currently a solicitor with Arthur Cox. Previously, he served as Special Adviser to former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan.

Catherine Day

served as Secretary-General of the European Commission from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that, Catherine was Director-General of DG Environment in the European Commission.

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Between 1996 and 2000, she worked on enlargement, preparing the accession of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe to the EU. Prior to that she served in the Cabinets of Mr Richard Burke, Mr Peter Sutherland and Sir Leon Brittan. Catherine is a graduate of University College Dublin, with an MA in International Trade and Economic Integration.

Rickard Mills

is the founder and principal of Rickard Mills Limited, a corporate affairs consultancy firm assisting a wide variety of companies in brand development and market facilitation.

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With over 26 years’ experience in financial services sector Rickard worked with KBC Bank Ireland (KBC) until 2015 as Head of Taxation and finally as Director of Corporate Affairs. He represented KBC as a director over that time on both group and non-group entities. Rickard remains a pension funds trustee with KBC and is a Director of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF). He was a board member of Dublin Chamber for six years until 2017, serving as Treasurer and chairing the Influencing Committee and Membership Committee. He is a Director of Chambers Ireland and chairs the Audit, Finance & Risk committee. He is also a board member of European Movement Ireland. A Chartered Accountant and Taxation Consultant by profession, originally with Deloitte, he holds a degree in Civil Engineering from University College Cork along with a post graduate diploma in Executive Coaching.

Fiach Mac Conghail

is CEO of the Digital Hub Development Agency. The Digital Hub is Ireland’s largest cluster of digital and technology companies.

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Fiach graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Politics and Sociology (1988). He was Director and CEO of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre (2005-2016) and was an Independent Senator (2011 -2016). He was awarded a M.A. in Public Policy from UCD in 2018. Fiach is completing the Professional Certificate in Governance at the Institute of Public Administration.

He previously held the positions of Artistic Director of the Project Arts Centre (1992-1999), Cultural Director of Expo 2000 in Hannover (1999-2000), Programme Manager for Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2001-2002) and Policy Advisor to the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism (2002-2005).

In 2011, Fiach was appointed Chair of We the Citizens, an independent national initiative funded by Atlantic Philanthropies to test the benefits to citizens of deliberative democracy.

He was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government (2013) and is also an Eisenhower Fellow. He is currently on the Board of the Foundation Irlandaise and a member of the Strategy Committee of the Centre Culturel Irlandaise, Paris.

Jillian van Turnhout IDP-C


is a consultant and iNED. She is former Senator and former Chief Executive Children’s Rights Alliance.

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She is Chair of Early Childhood Ireland. She is former Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee and co-founder of the European Youth Forum. She has completed INSEADs International Directors Programme (IDP-C) and is currently undertaking the Institute of Directors Chartered Director Programme. She has been awarded the Chevalier de L’ordre national du Mérite and made an Honourary Fellow of the RCPI.

Hon. Rory Guinness

Rory Guinness is currently studying for his MSc in Public Policy and Management. He is also Chairman of Wilbury Farming Company Ltd and a property adviser to Kilrue Farms.

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He is custodian of Wilbury Park, the first neo-Palladian house in the UK. He is a Trustee and member of the General Purpose Committee of the Iveagh Trust, one of Dublin’s largest social housing providers. He is a Governor of the Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine, and member of the finance and investment committee. He is also on the Board of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and sits on their Governance Committee. He regularly gives tours and talks on the history of Guinness family. He was a founder of Iveagh Ltd in 2007, which raised assets of $0.25 billion, before selling to City Financial in 2014. Between 1996-2007, he worked with the Iveagh Trustees Ltd on a range of venture capital projects in environmental management, financial services and property. He is a current Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He holds a BA in Politics, and certificates in social housing management and social housing development from National College of Ireland.

Paul O’Faherty

is an actuary and is a non-executive director of a number of companies in the financial services and investment areas. Until 2013 he was Chief Executive of Mercer Ireland

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and Chairman of Marsh McLennan Companies in Ireland. He is a Fellow and a past President of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He is also a past Chairman of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.

Maurice Pratt


is former CEO of C&C Group, a former Board Member of Tourism Ireland and former Chief Executive of Tesco Ireland.

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He holds several company Directorships and is currently Chairman at Barretstown and a Board Member of IBEC and Business in the Community, Ireland. Maurice is also a fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Noelle O Connell

(Executive Director)

was appointed Executive Director of European Movement Ireland in April 2011. Prior to leading European Movement Ireland,

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Noelle provided business development training, education and public affairs consultancy to a wide variety of both private and public sector clients.

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