The National Biodiversity Data Centre is governed by a Management Board, established by the Heritage Council to assist it in the exercise of its functions pursuant to Section 6 of the Heritage Act (1995). The Management Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Data Centre and for ensuring proper governance. The Board meets on a quarterly basis.

Members of the Management Board are:

Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn (Chair)

Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn

Senior Lecturer, School of Biology & Environmental Science, University College Dublin. Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn’s primary research activities focus on the assessment of land-use and other anthropogenic activities on the hydrochemical and ecological quality of surface waters. She has a broad knowledge of the Irish freshwater macroinvertebrate fauna having contributed to reviews of the several taxonomic groups. She has completed studies on the aquatic habitats of peatlands, agricultural, upland, urban and forested landscapes as well as constructed wetlands. Much of her work contributes to the information needs of the Water Framework Directive. Her research group has also maintained a strength in fisheries studies, working in close collaboration with Inland Fisheries Ireland (formerly Central Fisheries Board) on a variety of species and systems. Further afield Dr Kelly-Quinn is collaborating with Operation Wallacea to develop a water quality biotic index for the Merendon Mountains region of Honduras.


Mr Bill Callanan

Dr Bill Callanan

M.Agr.Sc- Head of Nitrates, Bio-diversity and Engineering Division, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine. The division has policy responsibility for water and bio-diversity as well as responsibility for implementation of the Environmental Impact Assessment ( Agriculture) regulations and the provision of Engineering Services within the Department. Bill is also a council member of the Agricultural Science Association.


Dr Matthew Jebb

Dr Matthew Jebb

Director, National Botanic Gardens. Matthew Jebb undertook his primary degree and D.Phil at Oxford University. His Ph.D. looked at the taxonomy and tuber morphology of the rubiaceous ant-plants. Following a 5 year appointment as Director of the Christensen Research Institute at Madang, Papua New Guinea, Matthew took up a 2 year post-doc position at Trinity College Dublin. This work worked involved preparation of a revision of the Araliaceae for the Flora of Thailand project. Matthew has revised the family Nepenthaceae for Flora Malesiana.


Ms Rachel Kenny

Ms. Rachel Kenny

Director of Planning, An Board Pleanala. Rachel Kenny graduated from UCD with a Bachelors of (Civil) Engineering and Masters in Regional & Urban Planning. She is currently Director of Planning with An Bord Pleanal, having previously worked as Senior Planner with both Fingal County Council and Meath County Council. Rachel has over the last twenty years experience in various planning authorities, An Bord Pleanala and in the private sector. Rachel is a member of the Irish Planning Institute, and one of its past-presidents, as well as a former member of Comhar, the National Partnership for Sustainable Development.


Dr Peter McLoughlin

Dr. Peter McLoughlin

Head of the School of Science and Computing Department, Waterford Institute of Technology. Peter McLoughlin is Head of School of Science and Computing at Waterford Institute of Technology and Principal Investigator in the Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre. Peter’s main research interests include the development of polymeric media for novel analytical technology and smart drug delivery. Current research involves the development of materials including molecularly imprinted polymers for PAT, chromatographic applications and controlled drug release. This research involves collaboration with a number of multinational and indigenous pharmaceutical and medical device companies. To date Peter has supervised 10 Ph.D. students and one Masters student to completion and coordinated research applications resulting in over €10 million in funding to WIT.


Mr Nigel Monaghan

Mr Nigel Monaghan

Nigel Monaghan is Keeper of the Natural History Division in the National Museum of Ireland. Responsible for the state scientific collections of two million zoological and geological specimens he is also charged with the running of the Natural History Museum on Dublin’s Merrion Street. The collections span over two centuries of scientific activity in Ireland and overseas. As a biodiversity resource, these add a time dimension to data supplied to the NBDC. The 150 year old museum, known as the ‘Dead Zoo’ to generations of visitors, attracts over 300,000 people a year to galleries that have changed little in a century.


Dr Micheál O’Cinnéide

Dr. Micheál O’Cinnéide

Director, Environmental Protection Agency. Micheál joined the EPA in August 2008 as a Director of the EPA. Micheál has had responsibility as Director of the Office of Environment Assessment and is currently Director of the Office of Communications and Corporate Services. Micheál graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a BA Honours degree in German and Sociology and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1985. He recently completed a Doctorate in Business Administration at Waterford Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the EPA, Micheál worked as a Director of Marine Environment and Food Safety Services with the Marine Institute between 1999 and 2008.


Dr Ciaran O’Keeffe

Dr. Ciaran O’Keeffe

Senior Inspector, National Parks & Wildlife Service. Ciaran is Senior Inspector in the Science & Biodiversity section of National Parks and Wildlife Service of Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. His responsibilities include: Scientific Support, Biodiversity policy and international issues, CITES and exotic species, Agri-Environment policy and schemes, Marine and aquaculture issues, Education Service and Data management.


Mr Michael Starrett

Michael Starrett
Mr Michael Starrett

Chief Executive, The Heritage Council. A graduate ecologist and biologist with post graduate qualifications in education and landscape management Michael Starrett has 30 years experience in the areas of heritage management and policy development. He holds a Masters in Management Practice from Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Management Institute. His professional qualifications include membership of the Landscape Institute ALI(UK) and the Irish Landscape Institute as well as the Institute of Sport, Parks and Leisure (MISPAL). In addition to a career path that has seen him work in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, he has extensive European experience through his membership of the Federation of National and Nature Parks of Europe, a pan European body with 400 members in 38 different countries. He was the first Irishman to be elected as President of the Federation from 2002-2005. He is also a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. Michael has travelled extensively studying legislation and systems that allow the sustainable management and development of cultural and natural landscapes.


Mr Michael Keatinge

Mr. Michael Keatinge

Director of Fisheries Development and Training Services, Bord Iascaigh Mhara.Michael Keatinge heads up the Fisheries Development Division, encompassing Fleet Development, Fisheries Services, Marine Technical and Fisheries Development. The principal role of the Fisheries Development Division is to develop Ireland’s sea fisheries, generating the optimum financial return for the sector in accordance with sustainable exploitation of resources and maximising the socio-economic contribution and employment in the sector in coastal areas.
Michael also heads up BIM’s training service which provides the necessary technical training to ensure on-going industry development and includes the National Fisheries Colleges at Greencastle and Castletownbere, and two mobile coastal training units that offer courses at fishing ports.


Mr Mark Wright

Mark Wright
Mark Wright

Head of Evidence, Natural Environment Division, Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Mark is a graduate of Environmental Biology from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He spent some time working for the Fields Studies Council where amongst school and laboratory work he undertook botanical and habitat surveys for the then Nature Conservancy Council and National Trust. Soon after returning to Northern Ireland he was a surveyor on the first Northern Ireland Countryside Survey. He joined the Department of the Environment in 1991 as a Country Park Assistant Warden and has since worked on National Nature Reserves and the survey evidence base for designation of SACs and Areas of Special Scientific Interest. Most recently his responsibilities have been management of the natural science evidence base underpinning nature conservation decision making within the Department. He project managed the most recent Northern Ireland Countryside Survey; was successful in securing a 10 year funding arrangement for the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) and worked with others on the Board in establishing the need for the National Biodiversity Data Centre. In his spare time, Mark records fungi and plants.

View the Terms of Reference of the Management Board.