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 representative in nature and 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.

Voluntary hours spent by our by of Directors amount to an average of over 500 hours each year.

Directors for 2020/2021


Farmers and Property Owners Panel

Tom Byrne Wicklow County IFA
Pat Dunne Wicklow County IFA
Denis Halpin Wicklow Cheviot Sheep Owners Association
Joe Morrissey Wicklow County IFA
Owen Brady Wicklow County IFA
Sean Malone Wicklow Cheviot Sheep Owners Association
Daniel Molloy Wicklow IFA

Environmental and Recreational Panel

Russell Boland Individual
Jim Sheehan Mountaineering Ireland
Louis O’Byrne Individual Member
Bob Galvin Bray Coast Care

Community Panel

Pauline Fahy Glendalough & District Development Association
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
John Flynn County Wicklow Game Conservation Council
Michael Keegan Individual
Donal Anderson Dublin IFA
Declan O’Neill Wicklow IFA
Carmel Kealy Motorcycling Union Ireland
Philip Maguire Dublin IFA

Executive Committee

Louis O’Byrne Chair
Philip Maguire Vice-Chair
Dairine Nuttall Hon. Secretary
Geoffrey Seymour Hon. Treasurer
Sean Byrne Executive Committee Member
Owen Brady Executive Committee Member
Tom Byrne Executive Committee Member
Garvan Hickey Executive Committee Member
Declan O’Neill Executive Committee Member
Carmel Kealy Executive Committee Member
Joe Morrissey  Executive Committee Member