New Director Joins EPA Board

Date released: September 16, 2020

The EPA is pleased to welcome Dr Ciara McMahon onto the EPA Board. Dr McMahon took up her new position as Director on 15th September 2020. Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, welcomed Ciara onto the Board, where she joins fellow Directors Gerard O’ Leary, Dr Micheál Lehane, Dr Eimear Cotter and Dr Tom Ryan.

Head and shoulder shot of Ciara McMahon

Most recently, Dr McMahon held the position of Programme Manager in the EPA’s Office of Radiation Protection and Environmental Monitoring, focussing on the area of Environment and Health. She has a wide range of national, European and international experience and specialist knowledge in radiological and environmental protection. She has over 20 years’ experience in areas including emergency preparedness, environmental surveillance, radiation monitoring, citizen science, radon and air quality.

Dr McMahon has represented the EPA on the Government Taskforce on Emergency Planning and also worked at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Dr McMahon holds a BA (Mod) in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in physics (environmental radioactivity) from UCD, and an MSc in management and leadership practice from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Note to Editors:

Director of the EPA is a full-time executive position, based at the EPA’s headquarters in Johnstown Castle, Wexford, with a five-year term of office.

Appointment of Director of the EPA by Government follows from a recommendation made by an independent selection committee convened in accordance with the EPA Act, 1992. The independent selection committee conducts a public recruitment competition to select candidates suitable for recommendations to Government. The Environmental Protection Agency is managed by a full-time Executive Board consisting of a Director General and five Directors.