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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.

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.


Rosaleen McDonagh (appointed 2017)

Rosaleen McDonagh is a Traveller woman with a disability, the fourth eldest in a family of twenty children. Rosaleen is a board member of Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, where she previously managed its Violence Against Women programme for ten years. McDonagh’s theatre work includes The Baby Doll Project, She’s Not Mine, and Rings. Her play Mainstream was directed by Olivier award winner, Jim Culleton. Colum McCann, Booker Prize winner, gave her the rights to adapt his novel Zoli for stage. In 2012, Beat Him Like a Badger was commissioned as part of the Tiny Plays for Ireland series. Rosaleen has worked with Graeae Theatre, spending two weeks on attachment in The Royal Court Theatre. Rosaleen has a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies, an MPhil in Ethnic & Racial Studies and an MPhil in Creative Writing, all from TCD. She is currently a PhD candidate in Northumbria University.


Adrian O’Carroll (appointed 2016)

Adrian O’Carroll, aged 51, 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)

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, 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.


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