Our Board

The current panel structure and board representation of Wicklow Uplands Council

Panel Structure

Wicklow Uplands Council represents over 50 diverse member groups and individuals. The membership of the Council is divided into four panel groups;  Farmers & Landowners,  Environmental and Recreational Interests,  Economic & Tourism Interests,  and Community groups. These panels which convene on average twice a year, represent the shared and diverse interests found in the Wicklow and Dublin Uplands.

Board Of Directors

At the AGM, each of the four panel groups can nominate a specific number of candidates to sit on the Board of Directors to represent their interests for the year ahead. A total of nineteen Directors are elected at the AGM. Those nineteen can in turn, co-opt an additional eight Directors to the Board which may be elected from any of the panels. The purpose of electing co-options is to allow for additional expertise on the Board. Therefore, the total number of Directors that can sit on the Board of Wicklow Uplands Council amounts to 27. While the Council has a large Board of Directors, it is important that the various stakeholders in the uplands are represented. Consensus is central to the work of the Council and no decision by the Directors has been decided by a vote since the organisation was established in 2007.

The Board of Directors are all volunteers and meet monthly (expect for August). This ensures that projects and programmes are progressing and that Directors are well informed of current issues in the uplands. It also facilitates open dialogue between various interest groups. There is excellent attendance at Board Meeting. Directors also take responsibility for assisting in the delivery of projects and represent the Council on external committees and organisations, and at events throughout the year.

In addition to the Board of Directors, an Executive Committee meets monthly to discuss operational issues. Subcommittees are also formed periodically to focus on specific issues and projects and present their recommendations to the Board for consideration. From January to November 2019, voluntary hours by Directors attending Board and Executive meetings, amounted to over 400 hours. Additional voluntary hours were spent on subcommittees, projects activities and through by representing the organisation at various events throughout the year. Total voluntary hours amounted to over 500 hours.

Directors for 2019/2020

Farmers and Property Owners Panel

Declan O’Neill Wicklow County IFA
Pat Dunne Wicklow County IFA
Thomas Broe Wicklow Cheviot Sheep Owners Association
Joe Morrissey Wicklow County IFA
Owen Brady Farmer
Sean Malone Wicklow Cheviot Sheep Owners Association
Denis Halpin Wicklow Cheviot Sheep Owners Association

Environmental and Recreational Panel

Carmel Kealy Motor Cycle Union of Ireland
Jim Sheehan Mountaineering Ireland
Louis O’Byrne Individual Member
Pearse Foley An Óige

Community Panel

Finian McEvoy Glendalough & District Development Association
Martha Mitchell County Wicklow Farm Family Group
Garvan Hickey Individual Member
Claire Chambers Roundwood & District Community Council

Economic and Tourism Panel

Eugene Stephens Ashford Self Catering Cottages
Dairine Nuttall Wicklow Nordic Walking & Ireland Tour Guide
Geoffrey Seymour Roundwood & District Community Council
Sean Byrne Lough Dan House, B & B

CO Options

Tom Byrne Wicklow IFA
John Medlycott Individual Member
Donal Anderson Dublin IFA
Daniel Molloy Individual Member
Ellen Durkin Individual Member
Philip Geoghegan Individual Member
Bob Galvin Bray Coast Care
Ashley Glover Individual Member

Executive Committee

Tom Byrne Chair
Owen Brady Vice-Chair
Dairine Nuttall Hon. Secretary
Garvan Hickey Hon. Treasurer
Sean Byrne Executive Committee Member
Jim Sheehan Executive Committee Member
John Medlycott Executive Committee Member
Geoffrey Seymour Executive Committee Member
Declan O’Neill Executive Committee Member
Carmel Kealy Executive Committee Member