Mary Cloake (appointed 2018)

Mary Cloake joined the Arts Council in 1993 as Regional Development Officer and was appointed Development Director in 1997. Previously, she worked as Arts Officer in Dundalk Urban District Council. She is a member of RTÉ’s Audience Council and was appointed to the Bloomsday 100 Committee by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, John O’Donoghue T.D. She holds an M.A. from Dublin City University and a B.A. (Mod) from Trinity College, Dublin. Since 2012 Mary has been Chief Executive of the Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, and England’s oldest arts centre.

Monica Flood (appointed 2018)

Monica Flood established an IT training and consultancy business in 1981. Olas has developed as one of the premier IT training companies in Ireland and is the sole appointed education partner for SAP. Monica completed the sale of Olas to a French public company, Assima plc. and has retired from the position of CEO to pursue other business and investment interests. Monica’s experience of building a service business and a loyal customer base in a very competitive market provides an important perspective for growth and success.

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 successful institutional stock broking business for Merrion. In 2010 following some ownership changes Adrian took the opportunity to retire from the business and the industry and devote his non-family time to providing advice on a voluntary basis to the arts sector.

He continues to sit on the Board of a number for funds of AKO Capital Limited, one of Europe’s leading investment partnerships. He is also on the Board of the Festival of Writing & Ideas which takes place each year in Borris, County Carlow and a number of small Irish companies.

He is married with 4 children and lives in Dublin.

Liv O’Donoghue (appointed 2014)

Liv O’Donoghue is an actor and dancer based in Dublin. Over the past decade, she has worked with several theatre, dance and opera companies including the Abbey Theatre, Irish National Opera, Liz Roche Company, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, United Fall, junk ensemble, and Dead Centre, touring widely throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. As a maker, her own work has been shown throughout Ireland, as well as abroad, touring to the UK, France, Norway, Sweden, USA, Latvia, Austria and Italy. She has undertaken residences at the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris), TanzQuartier Wien (Vienna), CSC Bassano del Grappa (Italy), and DanceHouse Lemesos (Cyprus), among others. She has been a board member of Project Arts Centre since 2015 and currently sits on the Steering Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts.

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.

Fiona Slevin (appointed 2014, elected chair 2017)

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.

Matthew Smyth (appointed 2017)

Matthew Smyth is the producer of the ANU, Collapsing Horse and 15th Oak Productions as well as being the Co-Artistic Director of The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. He previously produced Dead Centre’s international tours of LIPPY, Hamnet, Souvenir and Chekhov’s First Play. He has also worked with, amongst others, Gúna Nua, Ulysses Opera Theatre Company, Sugar Glass and Pillow Talk Theatre Company. Matthew worked as programmer in London’s South Bank Centre Learning and Participation department; as a casting assistant at Maureen Hughes Casting; as Festival Director of Dublin Shakespeare Festival, on the Inaugural Trinity College Oscar Wilde Festival; as programming at Electric Picnic’s theatre tent and has ran events for The Irish Times, Arnotts, Body&Soul festival and the Undergraduate Awards. Matt also participated on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme after he graduated from Economics and Politics in Trinity College.

Donal Maguire (appointed 2020)

Donal Maguire began his career as an artist having studied painting and art history at the National College of Art and Design before completing his MPhil in art history at Trinity College and moving towards curation. He is currently Curator of the National Gallery of Ireland’s ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the preservation of, and access to, Irish art research collections. His own research interests are in modern and contemporary Irish art; art and ecology; the Irish diaspora; and collection management. He has published and lectured widely at a national and European level and is a contributor to the RIA Art and Architecture of Ireland. He has curated numerous exhibitions including ‘Jack B. Yeats, The Sketchbooks’ (2013); ‘Aftermath, The War Landscapes of William Orpen’ (2017);  ‘Markievicz: Portraits and Propaganda’ (2018); ‘Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art’ (2020). He has a strong interest in the role of research in art practice and has commissioned new artworks by artists including Sarah Pierce, Garrett Phelan and Amanda Coogan.

Robert Farhat (appointed 2020)

Rob(ert) Farhat is a former classical musician turned music programmer, manager, and artist mentor. He previously co-founded and directed Ensemble Music in Ireland, working with artists such as Loah, Ensemble Ériu, Rusangano Family, and the late Conor Walsh. He is now primarily based in London and works for live music producers Serious as their Talent Development and Programme Manager — working with boundary-pushing jazz and experimental musicians like Gaika, Gazelle Twin, Abel Selaocoe, and Emma-Jean Thackray and programming the EFG London Jazz Festival. He was born and bred in Dublin and is a proud Irishman of Iranian/Armenian heritage.

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