Vacancies Arising on the IAPI Board
Vacancies Arising on the IAPI Board

It's once again that time of year to encourage nominees to put themselves forward for the IAPI Board elections this November. We'd be thrilled if you wanted to take part in this process to help fill the two available slots.

We have one retiring board member and, in addition, the IAPI Board have agreed to increase the number of board members to the maximum allowed by our constitution so have created an additional vacancy. Here is a quick summary of the current Board Members:

Retiring members

  • Shenda Loughnane, Group MD, dentsu – Shenda is finishing up her two-year term as President and her three years on the Board this November. As she has been promoted to become the Global MD of iProspect and is no longer focused specifically on the Irish market, she will be stepping down.

Shenda has steered IAPI through the last two years with clarity, empathy and focus and will be sorely missed on the Board.

Those remaining on the Board

  • Sean Hynes, CD, Bonfire – Vice President, IAPI
  • Robert McDermott, Financial Director, IPG Mediabrands – Treasurer, IAPI
  • Fiona Field, Managing Director, OMD
  • Margaret Gilsenan, Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Boys & Girls
  • Abi Moran, CEO, Folk Wunderman Thompson
  • Jonathan Conlon, COO, Group M
  • Geraldine Jones, CEO, Publicis
  • Aoife McCleary, Senior Copywriter, In the Company of Huskies
  • Stha Banks, Head of Paid Social, Core
  • Jamie Fulham, Media Strategy & Investment Manager, Rothco Accenture Interactive
Roles Required on the Board
Roles Required on the Board

Agency Leader

If you are leading an IAPI member agency, would like to give back to the industry, are prepared to share your industry experience and, would like to shape the future of the industry in collaboration with your peers on the IAPI Board, please put yourself forward. We have had a strong, cohesive leadership team on the board over the past couple of years so, with Shenda leaving, we are keen to maintain this bench-strength in the years to come.

Communications Specialist

It is part of IAPI’s purpose to promote the Irish industry domestically and internationally. We have been successful in launching a number of key initiatives to date such as Ireland: Where Creative is Native and our annual event with the IOD aimed at the C Suite. However, we believe that having a corporate communications specialist on the board will help us develop a communications strategy that further engages with C Suite and Government at the highest level. If you believe that you, or one of your colleagues, has the requisite experience and skills to help the IAPI executive succeed in this area, please put yourself forward.


  • The Treasurer role on the IAPI Board is light touch financial oversight. IAPI Executive attend to day to day operations and prepare a P&L showing the latest budget forecast for the year every month for the Board.
  • Once a quarter, or whenever there’s a marked difference to the budget, IAPI Executive meet with the Treasurer to go through major changes; ask for sign off on a specific over-spend or unbudgeted cost.
  • The Audited Accounts are prepared by BMH and Jon Byrne. The Treasurer reviews these in draft form and interrogate them. Once the Treasurer is happy with them, they and the President sign them off and they are presented to the Board and then the summary accounts are presented at the AGM in November by Jon Byrne.
What do Nominees have to do?
What do Nominees have to do?
  1. The nominee will have to write a short description of why they feel they can make a valuable contribution to the industry as an IAPI Board member (in light of the two roles required above) and send this, together with a photo and short biography to
  2. This will be published on our website on Friday 5th November which is the deadline for nominations.
  3. Following the nominee announcement, Charley will circulate the voting form for completion by mid-November so that we can announce the new Board Members at our AGM on Wed 24th November.

PLEASE NOTE This year we will be asking nominees NOT to lobby agency leaders for votes either by email or phone. This is for two reasons. In the past, this has prevented nominees from putting their names forward, as the time taken to ring around nearly 60 members, is considerable. We have also been told by both nominees and those being lobbied that they find the whole process a bit awkward and unnecessary.

So, if you or someone in your agency is interested in putting themselves forward, please give Charley a call or email her - - and she’ll be more than happy to discuss it in more detail.