Róise Goan has worked variously as a curator, producer, writer and director in the performing arts and television. She studied Drama and Theatre Studies at TCD graduating in 2004 before forming Randolf SD with college friends and going on to work at The Ark, a Cultural Centre for Children and Project Arts Centre among other places. She produced 6 shows with Randolf SD, the ITITA Best Production award-winning Phaedra’s Love for Loose Canon and other work for Making Strange, Cork Midsummer Festival and Project Arts Centre. In 2007 she founded Project Brand New, a platform for new work across disciplines, and in 2008 she was appointed as Director of Dublin Fringe Festival, which she led for 5 years. Alongside her work in the performing arts, she has written for television, most notably the Celtic Media award winning series Aifric.
Anna Mc Loughlin
Anna Mc Loughlin is a Solicitor currently living in Headford County Galway. Anna completed her second level education through Irish in Colaiste Muire, Tourmakeady, County Mayo and did a BA in Irish and Archaeology before studying law at NUIG. Since graduation Anna has worked in general practice in the west of Ireland and is currently a sole practitioner in Headford, County Galway. Anna is an Irish speaker and is qualified to practice law through Irish. She is married in Headford and has two sons. She has been on the Board of Management of Headford Girls National School and Headford Boys National School and has a keen interest in promoting the Irish language and the Arts.
Tom is a theatre and opera director based in Dublin. His productions have been seen around the world, including the Abbey and Gate Theatres, London’s Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, New York’s Public Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Paris Opera. Tom was Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival from 2011 to 2013, and was nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award in 2012 “for original and dynamic use of local spaces at Cork Midsummer Festival”. He has previously been Theatre and Dance Curator of Kilkenny Arts Festival and Associate Director of Rough Magic Theatre Company.
Dr Ronan Kavanagh
Dr. Kavanagh is rheumatologist with an interest in innovation in healthcare, and in the intersection between healthcare, the humanities and technology. He has a special interest and in the use of new technologies (especially social media) in healthcare and also acts as an advisor to a number of health technology companies. He also has expertise in the health of performing artists, especially musicians. He is also responsible for the DotMed Conference which which explores the spaces between medicine, the arts and technology.
Niall Lynch is an expert in Project & Systems Management, and currently works with ESB Networks. Niall has also lectured in NUIG spanning the last 15 years in various management courses with his self-penned Quality Management Course being taught in all of the Atlantic Universities. Additionally, Niall also holds a diploma in Organisation Psychology specialising in coaching and facilitation. Niall has also worked in the entertainment industry over the years in various guises and roles spanning the disciplines of music production, event management, audio engineering and promotion.
Mary is CEO of Galway Hospice Foundation. She is a chartered accountant and started her career in Dublin with Ernst & Young. Mary has a wide range of experience of commercial and financial management from the private sector. Prior to her appointment to the Hospice she worked with Chanelle Group in Loughrea where she was Head of Finance and was subsequently promoted to General Manager of the Veterinary Division. Previous positions were as General Manager of Tool & Plastic in Longford and Commercial Manager with medical devices company Tech Group Europe in Dublin.
Sinead Mc Phillips
Over the past fifteen years Sinead has worked with some of Ireland’s leading flagship arts organisations devising innovative and successful strategies in marketing, PR, event management, fundraising and sponsorship. Sinead embarked on a freelance career at the end of 2013 following seven years with Druid in Galway. This year Sinead has worked with Landmark Productions, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Wexford Festival Opera, Pat Moylan Productions, Sky Arts and the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire.
Judy Kavanagh trained as a cook at The Ballymaloe Cookery School. From there she started her own business, The Cook Club. She has worked as a food consultant, food writer and currently has a 6 part comedy/drama in development with a UK Production Company. Judy has been a board member of Macnas since April 2014.