Arts Council Membership - December 2011 to November 2015
Mr Bob Collins was appointed as Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with effect from 1st December 2011. The term of the appointment is four years.
Following an open competition, six board members have been reappointed to serve a second term of office at the Arts Council.
Damien Coyle, Vice-Chairman
Professor Ian Montgomery
David Irvine - Deceased December 2012
They will be joined by the six new board members.
Bob Collins (Chair)
Council members have been appointed for four years to the end of November 2015.
The post of Chairman receives an honorarium of £10,000 per annum, the post of Vice-Chair receives an honorarium of £3,500 per annum. The members’ positions are unpaid, with members receiving expenses only.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the political activity of appointees (if declared) to be published.
Bob Collins has been Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland since August 2005 and his term of office will end on 31 January 2012. . Remuneration for this position is in the range of £80,000 to £85,000 per annum. He is a former Director-General of RTÉ, the Irish national broadcasting organisation, in which capacity he initiated significant organisational change. He played a key role in developing RTÉ’s approach to the Arts, including the place of the performing groups within the organisation and the introduction of a new music and arts radio service, lyric fm. He has a keen interest in the arts. Mr Collins is Chair of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. He has served as a member of the Boards of the National Concert Hall, the National Library of Ireland and of the Ulster Orchestra Society. He was also a member of Comhairle Theilifís na Gaeilge. Mr Collins has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Damien Coyle - Vice-Chair
Mr Alderdice is the Director of the British Council NI having formerly held a number of positions in the Council in England, Bangladesh, Iraq, Netherlands, Argentina and Thailand. The purpose of the British Council is to create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries through Arts, Education and English. Through his work with the Council, Mr Alderdice has worked on a number of projects which have used arts to address community issues including “Arts for Development”, a programme which will focus on the young communities emerging from repression via the Arab Spring. Mr Alderdice has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Miss Carragher was formerly Head of Programmes and then Regional Controller at BBC NI where she made local arts coverage a priority, most notably setting up Radio Ulster’s popular Arts Extra programme. She was a member of the UK City of Culture assessment panel which unanimously selected the Derry~Londonderry bid. Miss Carragher is a former Chair of the Grand Opera House Trust and Board member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She is also the outgoing Chair of the Grand Opera House. Miss Carragher studied English Literature at Queens University under Seamus Heaney and is a keen theatre goer. Miss Carragher serves as a Commissioner on the Equality Commission for which she receives remuneration of £5,000 per annum. Miss Carragher has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Mr Irvine is a Business Risk Consultant with Marsh Ltd, a global risk and insurance services firm. Apart from general business experience, he has particular interest in Governance and Risk Management issues. Mr Irvine has had a long association with Arts and Business. He has been a National Judge for the Arts and Business National Awards in London and a mentor on the Young Professionals Scheme. Mr Irvine is currently the Chair of ‘Moving on Music’, an organisation which promotes and presents quality music, supports emerging Artists and provides support services to the Arts Sector. He was awarded the “Arts and Business and the Individual Award” in the 2005 Arts and Business Creativity Awards for his work with Moving on Music. Mr Irvine was appointed to the Arts Council Board on 1 December 2007. Mr Irvine has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Ms McAlinden is Creative Adviser with ILEX URC and City of Culture which has involved a wide range of work with voluntary, community and statutory organisations. She describes herself as a committed Arts Educationalist, Arts Activist and Arts Adviser as well as a practicing visual artist for 30 years. Ms McAlinden has a background in teaching as a former Head of Art and Design in a Post-Primary school and as a Senior Lecturer for Arts at Fermanagh College of Further Education. She was Chair of Creative Youth Partnerships and is currently serving as Chair of the Forum for Local Government and the Arts. Ms McAlinden is a Director of the Nerve Centre and Gordon Gallery. Ms McAlinden has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Mrs McCloskey began her career as a librarian in the Fine Arts Department of the Central Library before moving on to the College of Art library and eventually rising to become the Chief Librarian and a member of the senior management team of the Belfast Education and Library Board. She is a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Mrs McCloskey gained experience in community arts during her time as Divisional Librarian for North and West Belfast and as Chief Librarian in Central Library. She has a wide ranging interest in the arts and particularly Irish Art and Literature. Mrs McCloskey has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Professor Montgomery is Dean of the Faculty of Art Design and the Built Environment at the University of Ulster. Prior to this appointment he was Head of the University's School of Art and Design, the largest art and design higher education provider on the island of Ireland (established in 1849). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Architecture and Manufacture, a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers and a member of the Design Research Society. He was appointed to the Arts Council Board on 1 December 2007. Prof Montgomery has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Mr Mullan is a former Chairman of BEAT Initiative where he was involved in engaging communities from deprived areas with the arts. He is also a member of the BBC’s Audience Council for NI and has participated in a number of service reviews of the performance BBC Radio and TV Channels. Mr Mullan is Chair of the Special Educational Needs Advisory Centre. Mr Mullan has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Prof Seawright is Professor of Photography at the University of Ulster and was formerly Dean of Arts and Media at the University of Wales, Newport, where he was awarded a personal chair in 2001. A practising photographer he has exhibited extensively and represented Wales at the 2003 Venice Biennale of Art. He was appointed to the Arts Council Board on 1 December 2007. Prof Seawright has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Mr Sore lives in Moira and has been a Board Member of the Arts Council and Chair of the Arts Council’s Finance and Capital Committee for four years. He is currently the Regional Director of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has been project Director of a number of significant public works and he has a keen interest in the built environment and the public art. As the former Acting Chief Executive of the Greenpark Health Trust, he is an ardent supporter of art in the healthcare environment and has worked with artists and the voluntary group “Arts Care” to support art in patient services and hospitals. Mr Sore has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.
Mrs Walker is a freelance arts consultant and drama workshop facilitator. She is Co-Founder of Belfast based theatre company “Spanner in the Works” and has extensive theatre experience having worked as an actress and workshop facilitator with Spanner in the Works over a ten year period, as well as being a member of the Lyric Drama Studio for three years from 1996-99. She graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2009 with a Masters in Drama & Performance Studies and specialised in Contemporary Irish Theatre. Janine has also worked in various arts administration roles. From 2004 to 2007, she was the Arts Manager at Arts & Business. In a voluntary capacity from 2001 to 2008, Mrs Walker was a founder member & Vice-Chair of Down Arts Forum and from 2006 to 2008 was a Board Member of ArtsEkta. She was appointed to the Arts Council Board on 1 December 2007. Mrs Walker has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.