Deirdre Figueiredo (Acting Chair)
Deirdre Figueiredo MBE is Director of Craftspace, a limited company and arts charity based in Birmingham and has expertise in visual arts, contemporary craft and design. She also specialises in practice and strategy around public engagement, participation, creative production, inclusion and diversity. In a voluntary capacity she sits on the board of several arts organisations across England.
Stephanie Dickenson has worked as a publicist at Kate Bowe PR for over a decade, working with arts organisations and projects including Dublin Dance Festival, Bealtaine, axis: Ballymun and Arts & Disability Ireland. With a BA in English and an MA in Medieval Studies, she has worked in Canada and England in fields including conference organising and publishing, and also has a wide variety of experience as a volunteer, especially working with young people.
Philip Delamere studied sculpture at Limerick School of Art from 1989 to 1994 and worked as an artist, arts administrator and street theatre practitioner until 2000. He became County Arts Officer with Roscommon County Council in 2000 and has been Arts Officer with Leitrim County Council since 2011.
Paul Johnson is Chief Executive of Dance Ireland. Appointed in June 2006, Johnson, reporting to a board of directors is responsible for the management of the organisation, including DanceHouse, liaising with funders, programming, fundraising and ensuring that Dance Ireland adheres to its remit and mandate.
With over 21 years’ experience as a dance artist, Johnson has worked on a range of projects, nationally and internationally with among others Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre, Daghdha Dance Company, Druid Theatre, icontact, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet Steps Out, Tag Theatre Company and his own company MaNDaNCE (1991 to 2001).
He is the author of Fine Lines on Shifting Ground: Reflections on a Choreographic Process (Project Press: 2000), documenting his 3-year residency at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Johnson is a director of Dance Resource Base (NI), Janis Claxton Dance (Scotland) and RGH Consulting. Johnson holds a BA in Communication Studies and a MA in Communication and Cultural Studies from Dublin City University.
David McConnell is a consultant, specialising in providing financial services to arts organisations. He was formerly Head of Finance with the Arts Council Ireland and also is an organist and choir director.
Louise O’Reilly has over a decade of experience as a producer, project director and development manager for high profile cultural projects in Ireland. Currently Louise is Network Development Manager for Science Gallery International, developing eight Science Galleries worldwide by 2020 with high-ranking universities, based on the model at Trinity College Dublin.
Louise has played a pivotal role across a portfolio of ambitious cultural projects, specialising in start-up activity and development for Dublin Contemporary 2011, Electric Picnic, RTÉ, Dublin Fringe Festival, and Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. She is also on the Board of Corn Exchange Theatre.
Mark O’Brien is a graduate of UCD with a Master's degree in English. He has been Arts Development Manager / Deputy Director at Axis, Ballymun since 2004. His role includes developing participatory and collaborative arts projects and the strategic development of arts practice in a range of contexts. Mark also practises as a theatre director, sound designer / composer and arts consultant.
Mark Price is an architect, teacher and writer. He works with the Save 16 Moore Street Committee, the Irish Anti-War Movement and the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Company Secretary: Arthur Duignan