Eina McHugh is an entrepreneurial specialist, consultant in creativity, Irish Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her senior leadership experience has been gained over twenty-five years of work, both nationally and internationally, across the public, private and charitable sectors.

A Former CEO and Artistic Director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children in Dublin, for 10 years (2005-2015), Eina was responsible for all Ark programming, including the commissioning of award-winning works across multiple art forms, as well as developing professional development strands, funded by the Department of Education and Skills.

As an independent consultant, Eina has worked with Channel 4, BBC,The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Nursery Channel, British Film Institute, S4C International and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.   Previous senior leadership posts include Director of the Second World Summit on Television for Children in London, Head of Project Development for the Welsh Broadcaster S4C’s Commercial Division in London,  Deputy Director of the Northern Ireland Film Council,  Director of the Cinemagic International Film Festival for Children and Young People, and Director of ‘E Force’, the BBC/E.U. Media Training Programme.

Eina has served on juries for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Royal Television Society, the Irish Film & Television Awards and various international film festivals. She has acted as an assessor for the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Funding Scheme, the Arts Council of England Film Lottery Fund, and been a peer panelist for the Arts Council of Ireland.  Previous Board memberships include being Vice-Chair of the European Children’s Film Association and Board member of Theatre Forum Ireland.

Eina has a Masters in Applied Psychosynthesis (Applied to the Arts, Media and Creative Industries). Eina is also a recipient of the Ray Murphy Leadership Fund (2010) for her innovative Women in Leadership initiative, Taking Yourself Seriously. An Irish Fulbright Scholar (2012-2013), she partnered with Lincoln Centre Education, the education wing of the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in New York, on a professional dialogue and research project, Encouraging the Seedbeds of Creativity. 

Her first book, To Call Myself Beloved, was published by New Island Books in 2012.

After years of leading start-up companies and senior teams, I’ve learnt how to listen and work in a particular way, looking out for the emergent and the progressive, encouraging the seed ideas that may seem invisible.  I want to support people to make their creative vision a reality, to have a world with great, innovative leadership in it’.

David Nevin