BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sarah Byrne (appointed 2014)
Sarah Byrne is the Head of Agency, SMB Sales UK & Ireland, at Google. Before joining Google, Sarah held senior positions at Saatchi & Saatchi, Mother, GREY London and HMDG. Sarah is passionate about digital marketing, creative strategy and new business development.
Louise Church (appointed 2011)
Louise Church is a Business and IT Consultant based in Dublin. Her main areas of expertise are in the areas of Business Development, Sales and Marketing, IT Training Strategies and the development of IT Training Solutions for business.
Louise began her career in the technical department of UCD Computer Services. In 1980 she moved to Eukon Associates, a Dublin based Management & IT Consulting firm. In 1985 she co-founded OLAS a software training and development company. In Olas, Louise was responsible for the IT Training Division and acted as Sales and Marketing Director for the business.
OLAS grew to be one of the largest IT training & software development companies in Ireland, providing bespoke software development, eLearning solutions and training programmes to a wide range of customers including Government departments and large multinationals. Louise has wide experience in the design and development of IT training solutions and in training delivery. She has developed a number of elearning solutions for clients.
In January 2007 Louise and her business partner sold the business to Assima plc. She continues to act as a consultant to Olas, delivering customer specific training programmes and advises the business on marketing strategies and supports a number of their key accounts.
Dylan Haskins (appointed 2009)
Dylan Haskins has worked with Project Arts Centre since 2004 and has been board member since 2009. During this time he has organised several all-ages gigs and events including the DIY festival (2004) and Change? (2009). He directed Roll Up Your Sleeves (2008), a documentary about do-it-yourself counterculture produced by Project, and from 2009-10, he worked with Project to establish Exchange Dublin, a collective arts centre in Temple Bar.
In 2011, while an undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin, Dylan stood as an independent candidate for Dublin South East in the Irish General Election. He is currently a member of the Science Gallery Leonardo group and in 2012 he was curator of talks & critical events at the Dublin Theatre Festival. Previously he was assistant director on the first staging of Project Catalyst Theatreclub’s award winning production Heroin (Dublin Fringe Festival, Spirit of the Fringe Award 2009). From 2006 to 2010 Dylan turned his home, The Hideaway House, into a non-profit music venue, started the Hideaway Records label and released the debut gold-selling album Here, Not There by Irish band Heathers.
Dylan is also a broadcaster and presents coverage of the Other Voices series for theGuardian.com and co-hosts the bi-monthly culture podcast Soundings with Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan. The podcast is produced by the Sony-Award winning team behing Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show. Since 2009, Dylan has presented and reported on television and radio for RTE and BBC and appeared as a host or speaker at events ranging from TEDxDublin to Electric Picnic and Galway Arts Festival.
Adrian O’Carroll (appointed 2016)
Adrian O’Carroll, born in Killybegs, County Donegal, was educated in Ireland and then spent most of his early career in London working as a stock broker before moving back to Ireland to co-found Merrion Capital Group in 1999.
Merrion became one of Ireland’s leading stock broking, fund management and corporate finance houses and Adrian was an executive director and ran the highly regarded institutional stockbroking business for Merrion up to mid-2007 after which he launched and ran, for Merrion, a hedge fund investing in Ireland. Over a number of these later years the Icelandic Bank Landsbanki acquired Merrion. During the subsequent financial crisis in Iceland the management team including Adrian organized a buyout of the business from Landsbanki. In 2010 Adrian took the opportunity to sell his stake in Merrion again, this time during a restructuring, and he chose to retire from the business and the industry.
He continues to sit on the Board of a number of funds under the management of AKO Capital, one of Europe’s most successful fund managers which he has done since it was founded. He also sits on the Board of a number of small Irish companies.
Since 2010 Adrian has lived in Dublin with his family and has spent his time pursuing his interests in the contemporary arts.
Liv O’Donoghue (appointed 2014)
Liv O’Donoghue is an Irish-Norwegian dance maker and performer currently based in Dublin. She trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance where she graduated with the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007. She was an Associate Artist with Dance Ireland (2011 – 2013), and is currently a Modul-Dance carte blanche artist. Her own work has been presented widely throughout Europe including the UK, Sweden, Germany, Latvia, Italy, Austria and Norway. As a performer, Liv has worked with Liz Roche Company since 2009, as well as with many other companies and choreographers including Wendy Houstoun, junk ensemble, John Scott Dance/Kyle Abraham (Abraham-in-Motion), Material Sequence Dance Company, Emma Martin Dance, Darshan Singh Bhuller, and Henri Oguike, touring widely throughout Europe and the USA.
John O’Halloran (appointed 2015)
John is the Head of Legal, Western and Central Europe for the MetLife Group, a global insurance company. Prior to this, John worked for a leading Irish law firm and has held other senior roles within the financial services sector in Ireland.
John is a Solicitor and is a member of the Law Society of Ireland. He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway (B. Corp. Law, LL.B), the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns (B.L.) and the Law Society of Ireland.
Sarah Pierce (appointed 2012, elected Chair 2014)
Sarah Pierce is an artist, writer, educator and occasional curator based in Dublin. She was born in 1968 and grew up in Ontario Canada, before attending university in Los Angeles and New York. In 1994 she completed her MFA at Cornell and in 1995 she attended the well-known Whitney Program. In 2000 she moved to Dublin where she continues to work and live. Since 2000 she has taught on numerous MA courses including at IADT and NCAD in Ireland, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Bard College in New York, and the Dutch Art Institute and Piet Zwart in the Netherlands, where she is also currently on the teaching team of the Sanberg Instituut’s School of Missing Studies.
Since 2003, Pierce has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her on-going project as an artist. Despite its institutional resonance, this title does not signify an organization. Instead, it demonstrates a broad understanding of cultural work, articulated through methods that often open up to the personal and the incidental. Characterized as a way to play with a shared neuroses of place (read ‘complex’ in the Freudian sense), whether a specific locality or a wider set of circumstances that frame interaction, her activity considers forms of gathering, both from the perspective of historical examples and situations that she initiates. Her work has shown extensively intenationally.
In 2014, she presented a major solo exhibition in three-parts, Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues, developed jointly with Walter Phillips Gallery Banff AL, Mercer Union Toronto ON, and SBC Galerie Montreal QB. Other solo presentations include: Monogamy, an exhibition by Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce, curated by Tirdad Zolghadr at The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York (2013); Towards a Newer Laocoön, curated by Sarah Glennie at National College of Art and Design Gallery, Dublin (2012); The Artist Talks, curated by Emily Pethick at The Showroom, London (2012); 1961-2011, curated by Mark Sladen at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and The Meaning of Greatness curated by Grant Watson at Project Arts Centre (2006).
Fiona Slevin (appointed 2014)
Fiona Slevin is an independent consultant, advisor and non-executive director working with companies on strategy, growth and business development. From 2001, Fiona was founder and CEO of Haptica Ltd., a simulation technology business which she sold in 2011. Prior to that, she held executive positions in Goldman Sachs and Diageo plc, working internationally in a range of roles.
She also worked for ten years in change management consulting and led major change projects with a number of leading UK Energy companies as well as in the public sector.
Fiona is a Chartered Director and serves on a number of commercial and not-for-profit Boards as Chairman and non-executive director. She also acts as a mentor for start-ups and small businesses, specializing in start-ups and scaling businesses. She is currently acting as Chief Operations Officer for a fast growing life-sciences company.