Julie Bond

Julie attended the very first rehearsal of Dublin Youth Orchestras in 1981 and played with the symphony orchestra, initially on flute and then on bassoon, until 1988. She has also played with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, The Hibernian Orchestra and Rathfarnham Concert Band. She is married and has four children, three of whom currently play with Dublin Youth Orchestras. Julie is a chartered accountant and currently works part-time in the not-for-profit sector. She started volunteering with Dublin Youth Orchestras as their Finance Manager in September 2014 and joined the Board as a Director in May 2016. Previous orchestral management experience includes ten years as Manager/Chairperson of The Hibernian Orchestra and two seasons on staff with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (Junior Orchestra).


Molly Flanagan

Appointed 21st September 2013


James Forrest

Appointed 23rd October 2017


Ciara Harrington

A keen Irish speaker, Ciara has been a director of Lingua-App Teoranta since its inception in 2013. Lingua-App is a unique learning tool for students and teachers of the Irish language. In addition, Ciara has been involved in event management for over 20 years working with charities, educational events and the voluntary sector. She is a strong proponent of volunteerism and has been for many years. Ciara is a patron of Cill Rialaig Art Centre in Dungeagan, Co. Kerry. Cill Rialaig offers artists, writers and musicians the opportunity to create works in a remote and tranquil setting. Ciara has been Manager of the DYO Junior Strings since 2012 and Chair of the DYO since 2015.


John Leahy

John joined the board of DYO in August 2013 as honorary treasurer. He is a Director and owner of Aria Capital, a specialist provider of investment management and corporate advisory services. John has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Banking and Finance) from UCD and a Masters of Accounting Degree from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He is also a chartered accountant (FCA) and a qualified financial adviser (QFA). John lives in Greystones with his wife and four children. He both enjoys and plays many sports including rugby, soccer, tennis and running, and also does some rugby and GAA coaching. Two of his children are cellists, and his eldest daughter joined DYO in 2013.


Michael O’Donovan

Michael has been a volunteer with DYO since 2009 and joined the board in August 2015. He is Head of Customer Success at Dropbox. He is also a member of the board of the National Concert Hall. Michael’s primary degree is in psychology and economics. He holds post graduate qualifications in ccounting, Finance and Management.He has a Masters in Business Administration and recently completed the Institute of Director’s Chartered Director Programme.


Isabel Ryan

Isabel has worked in the NGO sector both in Ireland and overseas for over 28 years, working in the youth, disability and environmental protection areas. Over the past 18 years her work has been primarily in the adult mental health and disability sectors, with a focus on training programme design, delivery and evaluation. She has worked in private practice as a counsellor delivering employee assistance programmes (EAP) to business and specialising in child bereavement and acquired injury counselling. She was employed in the Irish charities sector for six years running support services, as a charities fundraiser, and is a co-founder of two Irish charities. Her other great interest is music education and since 2011 she has been manager of the St. Louis Music Department, which delivers music tuition to over 100 children across 17 instruments and hosts two youth orchestras. She has been involved in Scouting Ireland as a scout leader for the past six years. Isabel has been manager of the Dublin Youth Orchestras Concert Orchestra since 2014. She also sits on the Musical Activities Committee of the Artane School of Music and is a director of two commercial companies.


DYO Governance Handbook Feb 2017