Martin is a former Mayor of Derry City Council, and was Chair of Culture Company 2013, the body responsible for the delivery of the first UK City of Culture in Derry/Londonderry. He has extensive connections with the arts community in the city and wider region. He is currently Chairman of the Millennium Forum Theatre and Craft Northern Ireland as well as former Chair of the Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast and former vice-chair of the Arts Council for NI. He was awarded an MBE in January 2008 for services to the arts in Northern Ireland
Sinead, a Chartered Accountant, has enjoyed a varied career spanning Finance/Consulting positions with KPMG, Bombardier & Ulster Bank. In her current role as Associate Director with McKinty Associates (specialist Accountancy/Finance recruitment firm) she acts as a respected go-to consultant for many businesses & a trusted career partner to those exploring new opportunities. She is an avid contributor in the local market investing time in various Chartered Accountants committees (undertaking the Honorary Secretary role for Chartered Accountants Ulster Society while also sitting on various sub-committees eg. Members in Business Group (Chair), Member Services Group, Young Professional Group (past Chair) & Young Leaders NI committee (past Chair) where she organises events aiming to educate, inspire and connect people. She has been recognised in Northern Irelands ‘Top Forty under 40’ and ‘Top 20 Inspiring Women in Business’ listings by Business First. She also won the 2017 ‘Young Chartered Star’ competition ran by Chartered Accountants Ireland. Sinead is a keen advocate for the Arts and is an active member of Belvoir Players Amateur Dramatic Society Belfast.
Dan has been an A&B NI Champion and member of A&B NI advisory group. As well as one of NI’s leading actors and directors, Dan has presented and co-authored many documentary and factual programmes for BBC Television and Radio and he has written extensively for BBC NI Education with two series for children and many other stand alone programmes.
Neil is Head of Sales at ARC Applied Sciences and has been Sales and Marketing Director at Brites, and Head of Sales & Marketing at Firmus Energy and at Whale Pumps. He has studied in England, Northern Ireland, Spain and USA. Neil has a strong track record in designing and implementing marketing strategy and is currently part of the management team at Ballymena Chamber of Commerce.
Michael is a Managing Partner at Carson McDowell Solicitors. Michael leads the Firm's Corporate Finance Team in which there are three other Partners, five Assistants and a Trainee. After five years' initial experience in Litigation, Michael has practised in the Corporate Finance Department for the past eighteen years in which he has gained wide experience in advising clients throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom and often in the United States with regard to commercial activity within the Province.
Tony retired as Chief Executive of Co-Operation Ireland in 2008. For 8 years he was a Board Member at Arts Council of NI and now holds voluntary positions with a number of housing and community associations. Tony is also Director of The John Hewitt Society.
Maureen until recently was Operations Director of Diamond Corrugated. An industrial professional with over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing and twelve years’ board level experience within the corrugated packaging industry. Maureen has a strong track record of success running company-wide operational functions and leading large scale projects from inception to successful completion. Maureen was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to Women in Enterprise in N. Ireland. She sees the Arts very much as an industry as well as a personal pleasure and it is her industry experience that supports the “business” of Arts and Business NI in her role as Director.
Cecil is currently Head of Business Development at ASM Financial Services Ltd having retired as Regional Director for HSBC Bank Plc in NI. He originally joined Northern Bank in June 1972 and then Forward Trust Group in 1977, where he specialised in the sales and business development sectors. He was appointed Head of NI division of Forward Trust Group in 1977, which at that time was wholly owned by HSBC Bank. Following the re-branding of Midland Bank (HSBC Bank) Cecil began the process of bringing HSBC Bank to Northern Ireland, resulting in the first branch opening in Belfast in June 2001. Cecil is a former Chairman of the NI Finance Houses Association and a member of the NI Chamber of Commerce and the IoD
Jaime is Managing Director of award-winning marketing and advertising agency, Pale Blue Dot Creative. He’s a digital and brand strategist, creative thinker and marketer. Jaime brings over fifteen years’ international experience to the board, having worked with clients throughout the world, including start-ups, charitable organisations, political parties, professional athletes and global blue-chip companies.
Joanne has over 25 years’ experience working in the IT industry including nine years with the Oracle Corporation, and is the Director of Development at the Northern Ireland Science Park. In this role she is responsible for the development of strategic relationships to support the growth of the NI Science Park and the Knowledge Economy in Northern Ireland. Joanne has been involved with Arts & Business NI for the past seven years and Chair for six years (stepping down in October 2017) since A&B NI became an independently registered charity in NI. During her tenure as Chair of IoD NI, one of Joanne’s key areas of focus was the development of the Creative Industries in NI and the linking of creative businesses with science, technology and engineering companies to encourage more creative design and innovation. Appointed as the NI Champion for STEM in 2011, Joanne continues to be an advocate for promoting the importance of Arts and creativity to the STEM agenda and wider business community. Joanne holds a number of other voluntary roles including Chair of the US NI Mentorship program set up by Declan Kelly, former US Economic Envoy for NI, Treasurer for Angel Eyes NI and is a member of the Digital Catapult UK Advisory Network.
As Head of Consultancy, Gráinne advises some of Stratagem public affairs’ longest-term clients and has provided project management to organisations working in complex legislative and regulatory environments. She plays a key role in all aspects of the business, including pioneering Stratagem’s award winning corporate social responsibility activities. In her time with Stratagem, Gráinne, a native of Dublin, has developed an expert knowledge and understanding of politics, policy and governance both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, providing high level public affairs support and advice for clients in the energy and public health sectors in particular.
Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.