The Irish Film Board (IFB) has appointed Patrick O'Neill to the new position of industry affairs executive and Laura Notley to the role of business affairs co-ordinator.

O'Neill will work closely with IFB head of business affairs and deputy CEO, Teresa McGrane, on IFB policy and will manage one-off IFB projects to further strategic development. The role will encompass co-production certification, the development of new Irish co-production treaties, and the collation and analysis of statistical data from the Irish film industry.

O'Neill has two years' experience as business affairs co-ordinator at the IFB and over eight years experience in the international film industry. He previously worked in film production on several features including Song for a Raggy Boy, and for sales company MR Films.

In 2004, O'Neill completed a Masters in Audiovisual Management from the Media Business School and since then has worked for international sales agent Capitol Films, and undertaken projects for broadcaster BSkyB and LA-based film acquisition representatives Trans Pacific Media Consultants.

Laura Notley has been appointed to the role of business affairs co-ordinator where she will be responsible for contracting documentary, completion and print provision funding. Notley brings over two years' legal experience to the IFB having previously worked with Philip Lee Solicitors. She qualified as an attorney in New York and completed an internship in Chicago working with legal aid organisation 'Lawyers for the Creative Arts'.