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History of create

Legal Status

C.A.F.E. Limited (trading as Create / Create Ireland, and formerly as Creative Activity For Everyone) is a company registered in Ireland, incorporated on 10 April 1987 as a company limited by guarantee, not having a share capital. The objects of the company are charitable in nature, the main object being to promote the arts as defined in the Arts Acts.

Charitable Status

In 1996, the company was granted charitable exemption by the Revenue Commissioners retrospective to the date of incorporation (CHY 9695). The company is exempted from Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Deposit Interest Retention Tax under Section 207, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 and from Corporation Tax for certain trading activities under the same section.

The company is authorised by the Revenue Commissioners to operate the Donation Scheme for tax exempted donations to Charitable Bodies (Section 848A, Tax Consolidation Act, 1997).

The company is registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority (Reg. No: 20024291). By virtue of the Charities Act, 2009, the directors of the company are deemed to also be charity trustees.


The board and executive officers comply with the organisation’s Code of Conduct for Directors and Officers. The principles that underpin the general ethos of this code include:

  • Loyalty
  • Integrity
  • Disclosure of Interests
  • Confidentiality of Information
  • Legal Obligations
  • Board Operation
  • Fairness
  • Impartiality + Independence

The organisation is committed to compliance with the Charities Governance Code and has in place systems and processes to ensure that it achieves its charitable objectives with integrity and is managed in an effective, efficient, accountable and transparent way.

The organisation has adopted the Principles of Good Fund Raising as drawn up by the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group.

In keeping with the organisation’s Strategy, Connect Create Change, which recognises an intersectional approach to diversity by acknowledging how multiple forms of discrimination (e.g. gender, class, ethnicity, disability, age) can combine and overlap in the experiences of individuals and minority groups, the board is committed to diversifying its membership through regular audit and renewal


The company has 8 full-time employees.

Board of Directors (Trustees)

Clodagh Kenny (Chair)

Clodagh Kenny is currently working as an independent Art Advisor, supporting companies with public art commissions and the development of their artistic policies. For over ten years she was director of Fire Station Artists’ Studios, a significant national visual arts organisation, supporting professional visual artists. Clodagh is also on the Programme Advisory Board of the Royal Hibernian Academy and on the board of Pallas Projects/Studios.

Dr. Helen Burke

Helen Burke has over 20 years’ experience in research & organisational management and strategy implementation across industry and academia.  She engages with national and international funding agencies, companies and charities across multiple sectors including Arts, Humanities, Education, Engineering and Science.  Having worked in various universities and start-up companies, she has developed significant experience in strategy, policy formulation & implementation, operations & financial management and leadership.  She is passionate about collaboration, engagement and empowerment. She is currently Senior Research Officer in Dublin City University and is on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Engaged Research and the management team of PPI Ignite, which is focussed on embedding public involvement in research.  She is also a Director/Trustee of Sage Advocacy.

Sinead Dowling

Sinead Dowling has been Arts Officer with Carlow County Council since 2004, where she is responsible for local arts development. She has curated and project managed temporary site specific art projects in Carlow. Through management of the public art programme, Sinead has also been responsible for innovative commissioning of artists. She sees collaboration, risk taking and contemporary art rooted locally at the heart of all commissions.

Martin Drury

Martin Drury is an independent practitioner and adviser. In a career spanning nearly forty years and encompassing practice, project-management and policy-making, he has been Arts Education Officer (Sligo/Leitrim); Artistic Director of TEAM theatre-in-education company; Education Officer at the Arts Council; author of The Dublin Arts Report; Druid Theatre’s script editor; founding Director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children; a theatre director, with 20+ productions to his credit including a period as Associate Director of the Abbey Theatre; and Arts Director, and later Director of Strategic Development, at the Arts Council. Martin is also a board member of Music Generation.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is the former Chief Executive of Dance Ireland. Appointed in June 2006 and until 2020, Johnson, reporting to a board of directors, was 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. 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.

Hassina Kiboua

Hassina Kiboua currently works as a Refugee Resettlement Officer with the Irish Refugee Council. Her role is to provide information on rights, entitlements and obligations of resettled refugees in Ireland and assist them in accessing their rights, such as applications for family reunification, travel documents and visas. In conjunction with her work in the IRC, she is pursuing a PhD in Trinity College Dublin. Hassina is a qualified solicitor, she holds a Masters’ degree in International Law and an M-Phil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Refugee and Immigration Law in the Honourable Society of Kings Inns and a Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality in the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

Seanie Lambe

Seanie Lambe has lived all his life in the north Inner City of Dublin. He became active in local community projects in the late 1970’s and has been integral to many of the battles and campaigns in the area ever since, including the early anti-heroin campaigns of the 1980’s. Seeing the use of state funding as a mechanism to unleash creativity has been, since then, close to his heart. Such an approach is used in groups such as the SAOL Project for women in recovery, of which he is a founding member. He represented the local community for many years on the council of Dublin Docklands Development Authority, and remains an active member of a number of local and national organisations including Community Work Ireland, Inner City Organisation Network (ICON), SAOL, The Employment Network, and a number of Charitable Trusts dealing with education and housing.

Louise O’Reilly

Louise O’Reilly specialises in developing and delivering strategic projects at the nexus of culture and innovation. Currently a core team member of the Human Insights Lab for Accenture’s global innovation centre in The Dock, Louise has also led on establishment of Dublin City Council Culture Company, the international development of IFI Player and IFI Irish Film Archive, and on the strategic development of new Science Gallery locations in London, Melbourne, Bangalore, and Venice. Louise has also worked as a lobbyist and coordinator for the National Campaign for the Arts and has over a decade of multi-disciplinary arts and culture experience. She is an alumna of the international Clore Leadership and Common Purpose Meridian Programmes. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Irish Architecture Foundation and the Advisory Board of THISISPOPBABY. Louise is studying law at the King’s Inns for her sins.

Company Secretary:

Assistant Director, Arthur Duignan (non-voting).


Financial Statements

Financial Statements are presented in a format that complies with the requirements of the Companies Act, 2014, and accounting standards generally accepted in Ireland as giving a true and fair view as promulgated by Chartered Accountants Ireland and issued by the Financial Reporting Council including FRS 102. The Directors are committed to the implementation of the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) as issued by the Charity Commission for England & Wales.


We have carried out a risk assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services, and have put measures in place to mitigate against such risks. Please read our Protection and Welfare Policy Statement, which contains a risk assessment and safeguarding statement.

Constitution (Memorandum & Articles of Association)
Create Board terms of Reference
Financial Statements 2016
Financial Statements 2017
Financial Statements 2018
Financial Statements 2019
Financial Statements 2020
Protection and Welfare Policy Statement