New appointments to the IMA Board

9 Feb 2022


The board of directors of the Irish Museums Association (IMA) has appointed two new members, Pádraig Clancy and Dr Gillian O’Brien.


IMA’s Chair, Dr Audrey Whitty, said “I am delighted to welcome Dr Gillian O’Brien and Mr Pádraig Clancy to the IMA’s board. Their knowledge and wealth of experience will no doubt contribute to the strengthening of governance, enhancing our oversight and performance. While there will be challenging years ahead, these will no doubt be exciting ones as we address post-COVID challenges and opportunities. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board in support of our membership and the wider museum sector, particularly as we develop the association’s new 5-year strategy.”

Pádraig Clancy is Product Development Officer with Fáilte Ireland, supporting the development of visitor experiences in Ireland and the delivery of a range of sector development initiatives and capital funding programmes. He brings extensive hands on experience of the varied and often multidisciplinary elements of the Museum and tourism sectors in Ireland. Passionate about the interface between artefact/object and the audience, he looks forward to supporting the IMA’s membership as they engage with their collections and visitors to their museums.

Dr Gillian O'Brien is Reader in Modern Irish History and Programme Leader for the MA in Modern History at the Liverpool John Moores University. She brings in-depth knowledge of the sector having been historical advisor for museum and heritage schemes and, on her appointment to this voluntary role, said: 'I'm delighted to be joining the board of the IMA and am being part of a great team supporting the museum sector and inspiring people to engage with Ireland's amazing cultural collections. I'm particularly looking forward to being involved with many of Ireland's wonderful independent and community-led museums'.

The appointment of the Dr Gillian O’Brien and Pádraig Clancy brings the IMA board’s membership to ten. It is intended to bring the board to twelve members during 2022, with the two remaining seats being filled through election by the association’s members in early summer.

The expansion of the board to its full capacity aims to ensure the board is representative of the wide range of museums working in Ireland - from National Cultural Institutions to volunteer-led museums - as it develops its vision for the sector and new Strategic Plan 2023-2027.

Click here to read the profiles of IMA board members.