Board of Directors

Crash Ensemble Board Information 2017

Frances Mitchell - Chairperson

Olga Barry

Louise Corrigan

Tim O'Connor

Eithne Harley

Julian Caplin

Frances Mitchell (Chairperson) Appointed April 2013

Frances Mitchell is the Chair of the Board of Crash Ensemble. She is the Head of Programme Development at the Innovation Academy UCD and is also Founding Director of Invented. Frances worked as an engineer for Procter & Gamble in the north of France early in her career. She was later CEO of Crash Ensemble and has worked in UCD since 2011. She has a BE in Mechanical Engineering, an MPhil in Music and Media Technologies, an MBA and a Professional Certificate in University Teaching. She is also hugely passionate about Crash Ensemble! The best bunch of musicians in the country.


Olga Barry Appointed September 2011

Festival Producer, The Kilkenny Arts Festival. Previously Orchestra Manager, RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Louise Corrigan Appointed April 2014

Louise Corrigan is a dual-qualified lawyer, admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland, the US District Court and the New York State Bar. She has practiced as a litigator and Immigration specialist for the past five and a half years in New York County Defender Services, a public defender’s office in Manhattan which represents over 17,000 indigent clients per year charged with criminal offenses in New York City. A native of Co. Kildare, 29 year-old Corrigan graduated from University College Dublin in 2005 with an honors degree in Bachelor of Business and Legal studies and after five and half years in New York, has just recently returned home to Ireland.
Louise is former Chair (2013-2014) of the Irish Network-NYC (IN-NYC), the first and largest chapter of Irish Network-USA (IN-USA). As part of this role, and as the New York representative on the IN-USA Board, she worked with Irish and Irish-American professionals in the New York City area and on a national level to facilitate business networking opportunities amongst the diaspora. IN-NYC and IN-USA also liaise closely with both the Consulates and Irish Government agencies, such as the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, in supporting the promotion of Irish business interests in the US.
During her time in New York, Louise was also a Young Patron and 2014 Honoree of Irish Arts Center, where she performed with one of their resident dance companies. Irish dance has long been a huge part of her life and outside of her legal career and she has very successfully managed to make it her hobby at home and abroad. The biggest highlight of her New York dancing experience to date was having the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall in March of last year, sharing the stage with New York Pops Orchestra, Ronan Tynan and Celtic Woman in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration concert. She also appeared on NBC’s Today Show in March 2009 and has travelled to many far-reaching parts of Europe and the US for a host of various different performances. She was awarded a Top 40 Under 40 Award by the Irish Echo in 2014 and the Irish Voice Most Influential Women 2011 Awards which pays special tribute to Irish and Irish-American women who have achieved success in a wide and varied spectrum of industries. 


Tim O'Connor Appointed September 2013

Tim O’Connor runs his own advisory business providing strategic advice and support to companies and organisations. His clients cover a range of sectors from financial services to renewable energy. He also holds several voluntary positions, including Vice Chairmanship of Limerick National City of Culture 2014. He is the out-going Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Gathering Ireland 2013. He worked in the Irish Public Service from 1972 to early 2010, most recently as Secretary General to the President of Ireland.
His career also included almost 30 years in the Irish Diplomatic Service, in the Department of Foreign Affairs. A large portion of his career was spent working on the Northern Ireland Peace Process, including the Good Friday Agreement. He was the inaugural Joint Secretary of the North/South Ministerial Council (based in Armagh, Northern Ireland), established under the Agreement. He has also served terms as Director of the Africa Unit and of the Human Rights Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs. His foreign postings included the Embassies of Ireland in Bonn and Washington DC and most recently, from 2005-2007, he was Consul General of Ireland in New York, USA, with the rank of Ambassador.
From Killeedy in West Limerick, and educated at St Munchin’s College, Limerick, Tim is the holder of Honorary Doctorates from NUI Maynooth, the University of Ulster and Quinnipiac University (Connecticut, USA).

Eithne Harley Appointed February 2016

Eithne is Director of Integrated Marketing at Accenture. Before joining Accenture, Eithne held senior marketing positions at Mason Hayes & Curran and Willis. She holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School in UCD and a degree in Marketing from DIT.

At Accenture, Eithne is responsible for the full spectrum of marketing and communications programmes in Ireland including their Technology Sponsorship of the RBS Six Nations Rugby, engagement with the Startup community and driving Accenture’s Entrepreneurship in Residence programmes.  Passionate about promoting gender equality, Eithne is the Executive Producer of Accenture Ireland’s celebration of International Women’s Day and is co-founder of their campaign in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, Women on Walls.

Eithne has been actively involved in a number of educational and skills initiatives to advance women in the Tech sector and was awarded Top Role Model 2014: Connector by Silicon Republic for her generous work throughout Ireland's STEM sector.  She played a key role in delivering Accenture’s initial research ‘Powering Economic Growth-Attracting more young women into Science, Technology and Maths.’.  Eithne is a member of the Advisory group to the Digital Youth Council of Ireland and chair’s the Advisory Council of An Cosán’s Young Women into IT programmes. 

A keen supporter of the Arts, Eithne is a Board member of the Dublin Theatre Festival and was Chair of the 2013 Allianz Business to Arts Judging Committee. 


Julian Caplin Appointed February 2016

Julian is Corporate Finance Partner at RSM Ireland and one of Ireland’s leading financial advisors , providing corporate finance, business, commercial and financial advice to a wide range of businesses and other entities.

He has a record of providing lead advisory services to mid tier companies including sale and acquisition mandates and management buyout structures as well as providing strategic advice and corporate finance services and transaction advisory support to companies and shareholder groups in Ireland and internationally.

Julian works with a team of professionals with skills in due diligence, transaction support, forensic accounting, litigation support and dispute resolution.
He was a Director of The Pensions Board (Irish Pension Regulator) and has been involved in national arbitration strategies.