James Hickey is the Chief Executive of Bord Scannan na hÉireann/ The Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB) having taken up the position in June 2011. BSÉ/IFB is a statutory governmental agency established to assist and encourage the making of films in Ireland and the development of the industry for film production in Ireland. It provides funding for the development, production and distribution of films in Ireland. Prior to this appointment James was since 1992 a media and entertainment lawyer and the partner in charge of the Media and Entertainment Law Group in Matheson Ormsby Prentice, now Matheson, Ireland’s largest law firm. He is a member of the European Film Academy and was Chairman of the Project Arts Centre (1982 – 1988) and the National Theatre Society (Abbey Theatre) (1992 – 2001). He was educated at Trinity College Dublin, (MA (Dub) LLB).