Our board

The Discovery Programme’s board consists of twelve directors, six elected by the company members, four (including the Chair) by the Heritage Council and two external Directors. The organisation’s executive is headed by a Chief Executive Officer and Secretariat.

The company members are nominated by sixteen nominating bodies representing archaeological and heritage bodies and higher-education institutions throughout Ireland


  • Ms Philippa Barry
  • Dr Dirk Brandherm
  • Mr Martin Byrne
  • Dr Steve Davis
  • Mr Noel Dunne
  • Dr Mark Hennessy
  • Dr Shirley Markley
  • Dr Charles Mount
  • Dr Nessa O’Connor
  • Ms Rhonda Robinson
  • Dr Colin Rynne
  • Prof John Waddell
  • Mr Paul Walsh

Nominating bodies to the company

  • Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
  • National Museums Northern Ireland
  • University College Cork
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • National Museum of ireland
  • Department of Communities, Northern Ireland
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland
  • Traffic Infrastructure Ireland
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin
  • National Monuments Service, Department of Housing, Heritage and Local Government