The Centre’s staff are responsible for the development and delivery of a work programme to meet the strategic objectives identified by the Management Board. Staff are also responsible for the day to day running of the Centre at Beechfield House. The full-time staff are supported by a team of developers, employed by Compass Informatics, who are responsible for development of the Centre’s data management and web mapping system.


Dr. Liam Lysaght, Centre Director

Liam is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Data Centre, overall management of the operations and work programme, and building of partnerships with other organisations. He is an active recorder and helps with the delivery of the Data Centre’s work programme on butterflies, birds and mammals. He also serves as Head of Delegation for Ireland to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).


Dr. Una FitzPatrick, Senior Ecologist

Úna is responsible for the development of, and oversees delivery of, the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, and is responsible for the plant and vegetation work programmes of the Data Centre. This includes management of the National Vegetation Database and contributing to development of the Irish Vegetation Classification System.


Colette O’Flynn, Invasive Species Officer

Colette is responsible for the Invasive Species work programmes of the Data Centre. She manages the National Invasive Species Database, provides coordination of invasive species data and information, and contributes advice and policy support at the national and European level.



Barry O’Neill, ICT and Data Manager

Barry is responsible for the IT infrastructure and database management activities of the Data Centre. He developed the Citizen Science Data Portal and other online data capture systems that are provided as shared services to partner organisations.


Niamh Phelan, Biodiversity Engagement Officer

Niamh is responsible for our engagement and outreach programme.  She organises the capacity-building recorder workshops and our online training resources. She also is responsible for day to day office management at the Centre.


Dave Wall, Citizen Science Officer

Dave is responsible for the Explore Your Shore! and Dragonfly Ireland 2019-2024 citizen science projects. He also takes the lead on developing the Data Centre’s work programme on citizen science and all marine biodiversity activities.


Juanita Browne, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Officer

Juanita is responsible for engaging with partner organisations to assist implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and to promote the conservation of Ireland’s pollinators. She also contributes to communications activities of the Data Centre.


Saorla Kavanagh, Farmland Pollinator Officer

Saorla is the Project Manager of the Protecting Farmland Pollinators project, which seeks to test evidence-based actions to make farmland more pollinator friendly. This is a five-year project funded under the European Innovative Partnership programme.


Dr. Michelle Judge, Data Manager

Michelle has responsibility for maintaining the National Biodiversity Database and for collaborating with partner organisations to actively promote increased publishing of biodiversity data. She has responsibility for the annual analysis of the Irish Butterfly Monitoring Scheme data and leads the Centre’s work programme on National Biodiversity Indicators. She also serves as Ireland’s GBIF Node Manager. 



Oisín Duffy, Surveys and Records Officer

Oisín has responsibility for the management of Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal and overseeing the delivery of the Data Centre’s data validation processes with partners. He provides active support to the recording network to improve the quality and quantity of data submitted. He also leads the Centre’s work on the development of new surveys to address existing knowledge gaps.



Ruth Wilson, Farmland Pollinator Officer

Ruth started as a Farmland Pollinator Officer in 2021 to assist in the implementation of the farmland actions of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. Ruth grew up on a mixed farm in Co. Antrim, which led her to study horticulture, then land and environmental management. Ruth has over 20 years’ experience working in local biodiversity planning and nature conservation with local government and non-government conservation organisations.

This All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Farmland Officer position has been funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Dr. Michelle Larkin, Farmland Pollinator Officer

Michelle is responsible for managing the Protecting Farmland Pollinators project. This project is funded by the European Innovative Partnership programme and aims to test evidence-based actions to provide food, safety, and shelter for pollinators on farmland.


Sarah Kelly, Agri Business Officer

Sarah Kelly has joined the team as Agri Business Officer to assist in the implementation of the All Island Pollinator Plan actions related to businesses, specifically, though not exclusively, Origin Green companies. Sarah’s experience ranges from running all island business development projects for the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, to running her own B2B consultancy supporting companies through marketing research and sales lead development, to managing a cross-border project to establish Cataylyst Inc Ltd (formerly the Northern Ireland Science Park) in the North-West of the island and more recently on the production side of things in the TV industry.

The All Island Pollinator Plan Agri Business Officer position has been funded by An Bord Bia.



​The contract for delivery of a five year work programme has been awarded to Compass Informatics. Mr. Gearóid Ó Riain – Company Director has responsibility for the overall service-level agreement between Compass Informatics and the Heritage Council.

The Centre is an initiative of the Heritage Council and is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.