Prof. Brian MacCraith (Chair of the Commission)
Brian MacCraith held the position of President of Dublin City University (DCU) from July 2010 to July 2020, during which time DCU grew significantly in terms of scale, footprint, and reputation. During that period, DCU was Ireland’s fastest growing university) and added 3 new campuses (DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, DCU All Hallows Campus, and DCU Alpha, the University’s Innovation Campus) to its original base in Glasnevin.
During his Presidency, DCU developed a significant international profile, with major academic and research partnerships across the globe and a strong reputation for innovation. The university is ranked consistently as one of the world’s top young universities and is in the top 20 globally for its graduate employment rate.
Brian MacCraith is a member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Ireland, and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers.
Sinéad Burke is the Director and Founder of Tilting the Lens, a consultancy company working to accelerate systemic and cultural change across design and innovation in every business sector. Leveraging her expertise as an educator and disability rights advocate, Sinéad supports clients to activate the breadth of business and creative opportunities to be gained by a focus on accessibility and inclusion.
Her work facilitates an organisation’s approach to designing an inclusive future and does not just ask the question ‘Who is not in the room?’, but constructs pathways to ensure that equity is embedded in the growth trajectory of both the organisation, and the wider world.
Prof. Gillian Doyle
Gillian Doyle is Professor of Media Economics in the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (CCPR) at the University of Glasgow. She has carried out, supervised and contributed to a number of studies on media economics and media policy funded by bodies including the UK Research Councils, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Council of Europe.
She is currently Principal Investigator of a major project funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) on ‘Television Production in Transition: Independence, Scale and Sustainability’ and a Co-Investigator of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC). Gillian is a former President of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI).
Dr. Finola Doyle-O’Neill
Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill is a Broadcast Historian at the School of History, University College Cork. She lectures in the field of Ireland's broadcast and film history- as well as in the area of Crime and the Media- as part of the BA in Criminology. She is author of The Gaybo Revolution: How Gay Byrne Challenged Irish Society, which is currently a recommended text for the Leaving Certificate History curriculum and its coverage of the Impact of RTÉ 1962-1972.
She is a regular commentator on radio and on television, on issues relating to Ireland's broadcasting history. Dr Doyle O'Neill has been a Board member of the Cork Film Festival, as well as being an active committee member of IFUT. She is also a member of The Women's History Association, the National Union of Journalists, and patron of the UCC Journalism Society. She has written an award -winning historical play on the women of 1916, Walking with Ireland into the Sun, and a radio series, The Road to the Vote: The fight for female suffrage in Ireland, which is currently available on the Oireachtas website.
Lynette Fay is a freelance broadcaster, producer and newspaper columnist. A graduate of NUI, Galway and fluent Irish speaker, she began her professional career working on Irish language programmes in BBC Northern Ireland. Lynette has vast experience presenting and producing both live and documentary strands across television and radio and is well known as a champion of local voices, local music and stories.
She has worked as a presenter and producer with TG4 and RTÉ and has produced documentary series for television with independent companies for TG4/BBC – including Píobairí Ard Mhacha –the story of the pioneering Armagh Pipers’ Club. Based in Belfast, Lynette currently anchors the BBC Radio Ulster afternoon show The Lynette Fay Show, produces and presents the station’s flagship folk and traditional music programme, Folk Club and writes a weekly column for the Irish News.
Siobhán Holliman is an experienced journalist who has been working in regional broadcasting and newspapers for over 20 years. A graduate of University of Ulster Coleraine and NUI Galway, she is Deputy Editor of The Tuam Herald, one of the oldest independently owned newspapers in the country.
A former lecturer on the Communications course at NUI Galway, Siobhán is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board at NUI Galway. Siobhán was appointed to the Press Council in October 2019. She is currently joint Cathaoirleach of the Irish Executive Council of the NUJ.
Mark Little is an entrepreneur and journalist. He spent 20 years in broadcast news, as a reporter and presenter for RTE. He was the station’s first Washington Correspondent. In 2001, he won the Irish TV Journalist of the Year award for his reporting from Afghanistan. He was also anchor of the current affairs programme Prime Time.
In 2010, he founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, which was eventually sold to News Corp. He worked for Twitter, as Vice President for Media in Europe and Managing Director of its International Headquarters. In 2017, he co-founded Kinzen, which combines editorial skills and artificial intelligence to protect and promote quality information.
Stephen McNamara has been Director of Communications at the Irish Rugby Football Union since 2013, where he has helped transform the organization’s communication across multiple platforms. The IRFU is now one of Ireland’s most respected organisations with digital reach and engagement levels fitting of one of the countries strongest brands.
In his previous role with Ryanair, Stephen helped the ambitious airline grow its share of voice in the ultra-competitive aviation market across Europe. With no budget and an insatiable appetite for publicity, Stephen worked with the airline’s charismatic CEO to maximize exposure across media globally. During his time with Ryanair Stephen developed a strong symbiotic relationship with media.
A qualified tax consultant, Stephen’s media career began by penning ‘how to’ responses to financial queries for readers of a Sunday newspaper. An MA in Public Relations from DIT assisted in a successful career change into the world of media and communications.
Nuala O’Connor is a documentary film maker in the area of music and arts documentaries. She has also worked as a television researcher and radio producer in RTE.
She was the researcher and writer on 'Bringing It All Back Home' a documentary series for BBC and RTE television. In 1994 she won an Emmy award for writing 'Bringing It All Back Home' for the Disney television channel in the US.
She has written and directed documentaries for TV including ‘Moment To Moment’ on the Gloaming, has co-written a tv history series ‘The Limits Of Liberty’ and the feature documentary film ‘Keepers Of The Flame’ with Diarmaid Ferriter, and directed many other documentaries. She co-curates the conference series ‘Irelands Edge which accompanies the Other Voices event. She is a Board member of the Irish Traditional Music Archive and served on the UCC Governing Body from 2011 -2017.
Alan Rusbridger was Editor in Chief of the Guardian from 1995-2015. He is currently Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. During his time at the Guardian, both he and the paper won numerous awards, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism. The Guardian grew from a printed paper with a circulation of 400,000 to a leading digital news organisation with 150m browsers a month around the world. He launched now-profitable editions in Australia and the US as well as a membership scheme which now has 1m Guardian readers paying for content.
He was born in Zambia, was educated at Cambridge and lives in Oxford and London. He is the co-author of the BBC drama, Fields of Gold. He is a keen amateur musician and the author of Play it Again. His memoir of journalism and its future, Breaking News, was published in 2018.