Rose McHugh is currently chairman of Crawford Art Gallery and Brook Food Services and is non-executive director of Irish Life Group plc, The Fota Hotel Collection and the Hope Foundation. She served two terms as Chairman of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and is a former non-executive director of Origin Enterprises Plc, and Bord na Mona.
She was formerly executive director and head of corporate finance at Merrion Capital. Prior to this appointment, she was deputy CEO of SWS Group, a renewable energy and diversified services group and a Director of Taxation with EY. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, an Associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland, with a law degree and MBA from University College Cork. She is a member of the Institute of Directors with a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction.