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Board of Directors

Terence O’Rourke (Chairperson)
Catriona Crowe
Eithne Harley 
Brid Horan 

John McColgan
Pauline McLynn 
Pat Moylan 
David Nolan 

Governance 
Dublin Theatre Festival is governed by a voluntary board of Directors, see list of Directors above and Directors' biographies below. Dublin Theatre Festival is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code. The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document, available here.

Financial Controls
Dublin Theatre Festival keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with most recent statements (2017) available here. The company is a charity and financial statements comply both with the requirements of the Companies Act 2014, FRS102 and also the Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) as issued by the charity commissioners for England and Wales in March 2005.

Legal Status
Dublin Theatre Festival Company Limited by Guarantee, trading as Dublin Theatre Festival, is a company registered in Ireland, which was incorporated under the Companies Act 1963 to 2013 in July 1959.  The objects of the company are charitable in nature, it has established charitable status (CHY 6331) and is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority (20011291).

Fundraising
Dublin Theatre Festival is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards the primary activity of organising and promoting an annual festival of theatre events. Dublin Theatre Festival is currently working to confirm compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR).

Gender Policy 
Supported by the department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, ten leading theatre organisations have come together to initiate and formalise a position on Gender Policy. Over two years the companies have engaged in a series of discussions that have resulted in each organisation formulating its own gender policy statement with reference to the common desire for reform and progress. Dublin Theatre Festival is proud to be a part of this joint promise to address and rebalance the gender equality deficiencies within Irish theatre. You can read our Gender Policy here.

 

Biographies
 

 

Terence O'Rourke (appointed 2011, elected Chairperson 2016)
Terence was appointed Chairperson of Enterprise Ireland in August 2013 and was previously Managing Partner of KPMG Ireland.  He is a director of Hibernia REIT plc and of Irish Times Ltd.  Terence joined KPMG Ireland in 1975, became an audit partner in 1988 and was elected Managing Partner in 2006.  He was a member of KPMG’s Global Board, Global Executive Team and EMA Board from 2007 to 2013. Terence is a Fellow, and was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (2004/2005).  He is currently Chairman of Enactus Ireland and of the Irish Management Institute.  He also sits on the Governing Authority of Dublin City University and on the boards of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and the Institute of International and European Affairs.  He chaired the 2014 Strategic Review Group for the Arts Council.  Terence graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Economics and History.

 

 

Catriona Crowe(appointed 2017) 
Catriona Crowe is former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She was Manager of the Census Online Project, which placed the Irish 1901 and 1911 censuses online free to access.   She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre and has created an award-winning website of Irish theatre productions. She is currently a judge for the Irish Times Theatre Awards.  She has worked with ANU Productions on many of its award-winning pieces.  She contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters. She presented the RTÉ documentary, Ireland before the Rising, which was shown in February 2016.  She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.




 

Eithne Harley (appointed 2013)
Eithne is Director of Marketing for Accenture in Ireland the global technology and consulting company.  Before joining Accenture she held senior marketing positions at Mason Hayes & Curran and Willis.  She holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School in UCD and a degree in Marketing from DIT.  Eithne is passionate about how the Start-up and Innovation ecosystem fuels the digital economy. She was awarded Top Role Model 2014: Connector by Silicon Republic and was a judge in the 2015 An Post Smart Marketing Awards and the All Ireland Marketing Awards. Eithne is co-founder of Women on Walls a collaboration between Accenture and the Royal Irish Academy to make women leaders visible and inspire the next generation. Eithne loves theatre and enjoys playing traditional music. She chaired the 2013 Allianz Business to Arts Judging Committee.



 

Brid Horan(appointed 2015)
Brid is Chair of Bank of Ireland Staff Pension Fund Trustees and of ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange), a member of DCU Governing Authority and Council of Irish Management Institute.  Brid was previously Deputy Chief Executive of ESB, Non-executive Director of FBD Holdings plc, on the Board of IDA Ireland, a Commissioner of National Pensions Reserve Fund and a member of Expert Group on funding options for Higher Education.  Brid is also a Director of Chamber Choir Ireland and was a member of the 2014 Strategic Review Group for the Arts Council. She is a member of the 30% Club Ireland Steering Committee and Chair of an Independent Expert Panel advising HEA on funding allocation among Higher Education Institutions.  Brid is an Actuary, Fellow Irish Institute of Pension Management, Chartered Director and Fellow Institute of Directors.




John McColgan (appointed 2018)
John McColgan’s career as a multi-award-winning producer and director began in the mid-seventies at RTÉ Television where he went on to become Head of Entertainment. While in RTÉ he produced and directed a wide range of programming from light entertainment to drama to documentary. He was awarded a Jacob’s Television Award in 1980 for ‘the consistently high quality of his entertainment programming’. He was also Head of Weekend Entertainment at TVAM – ITV’s breakfast television service. He played a key role in the evolution of Riverdance from the original seven minute dance number and went on to direct the full stage-show spectacular. John has been closely involved with the Abbey Theatre – he was on the Board of the theatre for five years, served as Chairman of the Abbey Centenary Committee and directed a critically-acclaimed production of Dion Boucicault’s 19th century melodrama The Shaughraun. In May 2011 he produced a major theatrical event marking the historic State visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland. John is the director of the music and dance stage spectacular Heartbeat of Home which had its world premiere in Dublin in October 2013 and has toured extensively in North America and China. John has received many awards during his career, including an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland, in recognition of his services to the arts and entertainment industry.


 

Pauline McLynn (appointed 2011)
Pauline McLynn is an actor and writer. She has worked with many of the major Irish theatre companies over the last three decades. Her recent theatre work includes Happy Days at the Crucible in Sheffield, The Knight of the Burning Pestle and Cymbeline at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe in London and a major UK tour of East Is East. She has written 10 bestselling novels and her play Angels was performed at the National Theatre, London, while Fishamble produced The Calling as a Tiny Play for Ireland. Her TV work includes Father Ted, Shameless, Jam and Jerusalem, Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Eastenders and the upcoming Gameface and Drop Dead Weird. She also presents Painting the Nation for RTÉ.





 

Pat Moylan(appointed 2016)
Pat Moylan is a Dublin-based Theatre Producer with a remarkable record of achievement over two decades nationally and internationally. Her work has received critical acclaim in Ireland and throughout the world including in London's West End and on Broadway. Awards for her productions include and Oliver and two Tony nominations. She produced the multi-award winning short film The Breakfast and feature film Borstal Boy. As Artistic Director of Andrews Lane Theatre in Dublin for 18 years she created a vibrant arts venue; welcoming diverse audiences, successfully nurturing new writing and fostering the development of new talent in acting, directing and design. Pat was nominated for an Irish Times award for her contribution to theatre and was named Arts Person of the Year in her home county of Laois. She was appointed to the Arts Council in December 2008 where she served as Chair until December 2013.



 

David Nolan (appointed 2015)
David was educated by the Jesuits at Gonzaga College, Dublin. In 1981 he completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UCD and then attended TCD, where he completed a Diploma in Anglo Irish Literature. He has the near unique distinction of having been an active member of both Dramsoc and Players. He was called to The Bar in 1985 and took Silk in 2003. He was elected to The Bar Council in 2005 and has served as Chairman of many committees and was elected Vice Chairman in 2009 and Honorary Secretary in 2010. He was elected Chairman of The Bar Council of Ireland in 2012/2013. In November 2013 he was called to The Bar of England and Wales and in December 2013 was elected a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Kings Inns. He is married, has three children and lives in Dublin.
 

 

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