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Management Board

The Management Board (MB) is an advisory and decision-making forum that supports the Secretary General in the management of the Department. The Board is chaired by the Secretary General, Niall Burgess and membership comprises the Deputy Secretary General, Assistant Secretaries based in Ireland, an Assistant Secretary currently serving as our Ambassador in Mexico and an officer at the Counsellor grade. The Board assists the Secretary General in the formulation and management of policies and programmes as well as in the development and improved performance of the organisation. The Board also decides on assignments within the Department, at home and abroad, other than at Assistant Secretary and Head of Mission levels.

The Board meets fortnightly, or more frequently as required. Other Departmental officials attend MB meetings periodically to brief and participate in discussions on topical developments in their areas of responsibility.

The MB also meets periodically with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department's Ministers of State to consider strategic policy and management direction. Such meetings are in addition to on-going interaction between Ministers, members of the MB and other senior officials.

The current members of the Board are:

  • Mr. Niall Burgess, Secretary General.
  • Mr. Brendan Rogers, Deputy Secretary General.
  • Mr. John Conlan, Chief Financial Officer, Finance Division.
  • Mr. Ruairí de Búrca, Director General, Development Cooperation Division.
  • Ms. Ann Derwin, Director General, Global Irish Services Division.
  • Mr. Austin Gormley, Director General, Corporate Services Division.
  • Mr. Joe Hackett, Assistant Secretary, European Union Division.
  • Mr. Sonja Hyland, Political Director, Political Division.
  • Ms. Barbara Jones, Ambassador to Mexico.
  • Mr. James Kingston, Legal Adviser, Legal Division.
  • Mr. Eamonn McKee, Director General, Trade & Promotion Division.
  • Mr. Fergal Mythen, Director General, Ireland, UK and Americas Division.
  • Ms. Aingeal O'Donoghue, Director General, European Union Division.
  • Ms. Orla O’Hanrahan, Assistant Secretary, Policy and Communications Division.
  • Ms. Julie Connell, Director, Strategy, Governance and Change Unit.