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.
The current membership of the Management Board is:
Ms Bernadette Guest
Dr. Matthew Jebb
Ms. Rachel Kenny
Dr. Micheál Lehane
Dr. Peter McLoughlin
Mr. Nigel Monaghan
Mr. Jack Nolan
Dr. Ciaran O’Keeffe
Mr. Declan Quigley
Mr. Michael Starrett
Mr. Mark Wright.
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
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
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
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 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
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 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.