To complement our, shortly to be published, Hunt Museum Strategy 2025 we are very pleased to welcome four experts to the Board. Key to our strategy are our Education and Community strands and the appointment of Joe O’Connell will deepen our connections with schools and use of the museum content to support curricula. Justyna Cwojdzinska is a spokesperson for the Polish Community in Ireland and has staged the Polish Arts Festival, helping us consolidate connections with all communities of Limerick and increase their participation in the museum. Maebh Gorman brings her wide experience in legal and compliance to further bolster the board oversight of the operations of the museum.
We also welcome Gordon Daly, who takes over as a Director from Conn Murray and will help us to consolidate ties with Limerick City and County Council and better inform our thoughts on how best to serve the community.
We also say goodbye to Lady Geraldine Dunraven who served on the Board for six years. Lady Dunraven has contributed hugely to the museum, being very generous with her time and ensuring lasting connections to raise its profile and funds. We wish her very well in her next endeavours and thank her enormously for everything she has done for the Hunt Museum over many years.
John Moran, Chair of the Hunt Museum Board says: “ The Hunt Museum is embarking on an exciting new chapter under our new Director. Board membership renewal is key to ensuring highest quality board support, discussions and oversight. The appointment of these individuals further strengthens our Board as we prepare for the greater ambitions of the Hunt Museum Strategy 2025. I would particularly like to express our gratitude to Geraldine for her unfailing support and great wisdom around our Board table along with her ever-present good humour. Equally I would like thank Conn Murray for his Board support during the past year and for helping re-establish connections with LCCC and advancing of our plans to create an exciting waterfront garden around the Hunt.”
These new appointees add to our already strong Hunt Museum Board of John Moran, Donncha O’Treasaigh, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh; Asheesh Dewan, Jaipur & Segala.com, Maria Kelly, Bank of Ireland; John Field, UL; Patrick Murphy, RHA and Hunt Trust Board supported by Company Secretary Eugene Hayes, Midwest Corporate Services Limited;
Justyna Cwojdzinska holds MA degree in English language and literature studies, specialising in translations and interpretations and a diploma in Cultural Animation.
She was involved in The Irish Polish Cultural & Business Association (IPCBA) from 2005 – 2010 with Honorary Consul of Poland Pat O’Sullivan as the President. In 2007 – 2009 she was elected a chairperson of IPCBA. In 2007 she established Polish Arts Festival and for the past 11 years she has been running it as a director on a voluntary basis. Justyna has extensive experience in cultural event management. In 2016 for the work on PAF she received an Outstanding Pole Award in the category Culture from the Polish Ministry, the Foundation of the Polish Promotional Emblem TERAZ POLSKA. Justyna works closely with the Polish Embassy in Dublin promoting Polish culture and intercultural exchange between Ireland and Poland. For the past 11 years of PAF she has managed to present over 100 Polish artists to the Irish audience. She worked closely with Limerick City Gallery of Art on exhibition of Ewa Partum, a prominent Polish female artist in the history of Communist Europe. Justyna has been actively involved in the work of The Hunt Museum with PAF and the exhibition of Polish artists’ has taken place in the Museum since 2010. Every year Justyna brings the Living Statues into the Museum for the Culture Night which attract a great number of visitors. During 11th PAF Justyna presented her one person show Nameless in Belltable that was greatly received in Limerick, Dublin and Poland.
She describes herself as very creative in her approach to work, always challenging herself with new ideas and ways of engaging with the public.
Gordon Daly is Director of Service for Social Development in Limerick City & County Council with responsibility for Community Development, Tourism, Culture, Sport, Libraries, Gallery, Museum and Urban & Village Renewal. Gordon has worked in Local Government for over 20 years including as Chief Planner for both Offaly County Council and Clare County Council. He holds a degree in Countryside Planning, a Masters Degree in Town & Country Planning and a Diploma in Environmental Management. Gordon is a Past President and Fellow of the Irish Planning Institute.
Dr Joe O’ Connell is a native of Limerick city and was educated in CBS Sexton Street, NUIG, and the University of Manchester.
Joe has served as a post-primary school principal, was founding director of St Senan’s Education office supporting the Boards of Management of the Catholic dioceses of Limerick, Kerry and Killaloe and also served as director of Limerick Education Centre. He currently supports organisations such as the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) the IPPN (The Irish Primary Principals Network), NAPD (National Association of Principals and Deputies), the JMB (Joint Managerial Body) and the ETBI (Education and Training Boards of Ireland) in addressing issues such as leading learning and teaching, organisational development, managing and building the relationships across the school community, dealing with challenging situations and promoting collaborative leadership and team development. He teaches Education Legislation and Governance on the MA programme in Christian Leadership in Education in Mary Immaculate College Limerick.
He has co-authored educational resources which aim to deepen pupils’ and students’ understanding of the richness of our heritage.
Maebh O’ Gorman: holds a Corporate Law and post-graduate degree from NUI Galway and a First Class Honours in Commercial Law from UCD. She is a commercially minded lawyer who practices a collaborative based approach to achieve company goals with 12+ years of experience. Broad multifaceted legal experience, with particular expertise in corporate and commercial matters. Since 2017 she is Regeneron Ireland U.C.
Director, Legal Counsel, Currently she is responsible for Regeneron’s Irish legal function at its first international manufacturing site in Limerick, Ireland, and member of the site senior management team. Maebh provides legal advice and counsel to the management team on a variety of matters including commercial contracts, privacy and data protection, employment, litigation, property, procurement, environmental, health and safety, and corporate law and governance. She is also a member of Regeneron Ireland’s CSR Committee and Regeneron’s Global Responsibility Committee.