Executive

Dee Forbes portrait

Dee Forbes

Director-General
 

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Richard Collins

Chief Financial Officer
 

Richard joined RTÉ in January 2020. He is a director of RTÉ Commercial Enterprises DAC and of RTÉ Transmission Network DAC.

Prior to joining RTÉ, Richard spent 13 years in the retail sector where, in addition to gaining wide financial and operational experience, he led major turnaround and transformation programmes. Most recently he served as Director of Finance at Dunnes Stores, where he played a key role in strategy development and systems modernisation. Prior to that he was Finance Director at Superquinn, where he led the integration into Musgrave Group.

Richard has held other senior financial roles in Ireland and abroad with organisations such as Dell Computer Corporation and the Dublin Airport Authority. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG.

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Rory Coveney

Director of Strategy
 

Rory has been with RTÉ since 2007 in a variety of roles. Since 2011, as Strategic Advisor to the Director-General, Rory has been at the centre of strategic planning for the organisation. As Director of Strategy, he will lead a new strategy function encompassing corporate strategy, new ventures and innovation, public affairs, and strategic risk management.

Prior to joining RTÉ, Rory worked for Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs. Rory is a graduate of UCC where he gained a BA in history. He also holds an MA in Interactive Media from Dublin Institute of Technology.

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Eimear Cusack

Director, Human Resources

Eimear was appointed Director of Human Resources in 2017. With a career spanning legal, banking, professional services and ICT, Eimear was appointed Head of Human Resources for Ericsson UK and Ireland in 2013, where she shaped and implemented extensive change programmes. With a successful background in innovative people strategy, Eimear’s focus has been on employee engagement, talent acquisition, talent management, and learning and development.

Before joining RTÉ, Eimear delivered diverse employee transition, transformation and integration strategies in the areas of managed services and acquisitions.

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Adrian Lynch

Director, Audiences, Channels and Marketing

Adrian joined RTÉ in 2014 and was previously Channel Controller for RTÉ One and RTÉ2. In that capacity, he launched ambitious new schedules for the services. As Channel Controller of RTÉ One and RTÉ2, Adrian delivered a range of landmark public-service programming across all genres, with marked successes around Dancing with the Stars, RTÉ 1916 and award-winning documentaries such as My Homeless Family.

Prior to joining RTÉ, Adrian was the Managing Director and owner of one of Ireland’s most successful independent television production companies, Animo Television. During his time there, he was responsible for some of RTÉ One’s most high-profile shows, including award-winning blue-chip documentary series such as Freefall – The Night the Banks Failed.

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Paula Mullooly

Director, Legal
 

Paula was appointed Director of Legal in 2019. She is a highly experienced specialist media lawyer with 25 years’ experience in media, broadcasting and privacy law. She has advised and represented a broad range of media clients in her career, both domestic and international, and has lectured on media law. She was appointed by the Government as a member of the Working Group on Defamation Reform which, in 2003, provided a report recommending reforms and which presented draft legislation. She also served on the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from 2010 to 2018, and as Chair of the Censorship of Publications Appeals Board from 2004 to 2012.

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Geraldine O’Leary

Commercial Director
 

Geraldine joined RTÉ in 1997 as Manager, Television Sales, and was promoted to Director Sales and Marketing in 1999. In 2003, she was appointed Commercial Director, RTÉ Television, and has played a prominent role in RTÉ’s commercial function. She was appointed Commercial Director, RTÉ, in January 2018 and is responsible for leading all the commercial staff and operations at RTÉ. A Fellow of The Marketing Institute of Ireland, Founding Director of TAM Ireland and a member of the Council of the Marketing Society of Ireland, Geraldine is also a Board Member of EGTA (European Group of Television Advertising). She was the President of the EGTA Board from 2009 to 2011.

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Jim Jennings

Director, Content
 

Jim was appointed Managing Director of RTÉ Radio in November 2013. He also oversees the RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs. Previously, Jim was Head of RTÉ Radio 1, which he joined in 1985, working first in features and current affairs on programmes such as Today at Five and The Pat Kenny Show.

In 1989, he moved to RTÉ television, where he held a number of positions, including Executive Producer of The Late Late Show, Election 2012 and the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics. He also worked as editor of Léargas. Jim became Director of Content as part of the organisation’s restructure in 2017.

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Richard Waghorn

Director, Technology and Transformation

Richard joined RTÉ as Chief Technology Officer in February 2012. During 2013, he was appointed as a director of RTÉ Transmission Network DAC. Richard holds an MBA from Henley Management College and is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

Between 2009 and 2011, Richard was Chief Technology Officer at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Before that, he was Controller of Distribution at the BBC for four years, leading the implementation of digital switchover. At the BBC, he worked in a number of areas including strategy, new media, distribution and radio production. Richard was a board director of Freesat and project manager for the 2002 launch of Freeview in the UK.

Richard took over RTÉ’s technology and transformation activities in 2017, and also took over the management of the operations division in 2019, as part of the restructure of the organisation.

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Jon Williams

Director, RTÉ News and Current Affairs

Jon joined RTÉ in January 2017. He was previously Managing Editor, International News, at ABC News in New York, where he shaped the organisation’s international news coverage and strategy. Jon led ABC’s reporting of the war in Ukraine and the European refugee crisis, as well as coverage of ISIS terrorist attacks in Europe. He also drove innovation, including the use of 360 and virtual reality video.

From 2006 to 2013, Jon was the BBC’s World News Editor, managing a staff of 200 people in 30 countries. He oversaw reporting of the Israel/Lebanon war in 2006, which won an International Emmy. He received a second Emmy in 2013 for the BBC’s coverage of the civil war in Syria. Jon served as UK News Editor during the 7/7 terror attacks on the London transport network and as Deputy Editor of the BBC’s Six O’Clock News on 9/11. In 2017, he earned his third Emmy for ABC’s coverage of the Syria refugee crisis.