Since May 2016, Anne works as a seconded national expert with the Cultural Policy Unit of the Directorate General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in Brussels promoting, inter alia, both the intangible and tangible cultural heritage of Europe. Anne played a senior role with the management of the recent European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 with a reach of over 10.6 million people and is now actively working on the legacy programme of events and activities – “The European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage”. Anne also has a special interest in Sustainable Cultural Tourism. She led a member states’ working group (OMC) in this area and works on initiating and promoting the recommendations from the final report.
Before joining the Commission, she was a senior manager with the National Museum of Ireland and was responsible for a number of areas including ICT, governance, business planning and the development of a wide range of museum policies and guidelines. She was a member of the Member States Expert Group on Digitisation and Digital Preservation.
In her earlier career working with the Ministry responsible for culture and heritage, she developed policy and legislation in respect of the national cultural institutions and was instrumental in establishing a Heritage Fund on a statutory basis. As Education and Marketing Officer with Dúchas the Heritage Service, Anne was a member of both the UK and USA Overseas Tourism Marketing Initiative Working Groups. Anne was responsible for introducing a number of major initiatives, which are still in existence in Ireland, notably the annual National Heritage Week and a yearly nation-wide pass called the “Heritage Card”.