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The Impactful Chairperson – Bringing Out the Best in Others

Good governance is essential but visionary thinking, a collaborative work ethic and an ability to bring out the best in others, are also crucially important attributes for a truly impactful Chairperson. Words that spring to mind when we think of the attributives of an effective Chair are leadership, experience, expertise, credibility and inspiration. These can…

Show the Salary – as part of your Diversity Equity and Inclusion commitment

Surveys show that if you display the salary on your role, it can provide valuable momentum, sometimes doubling applications. Across the charitable and not for profit sector, we strive for transparency as part of our normal practice for good governance. It’s mandatory for us to work efficiently every day and to achieve our objectives. We…

My Creative Career – Deborah Kelleher, Royal Irish Academy of Music

Monthly career interview with professionals in the not-for-profit sector What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? I am Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, a role which I have had since late 2010. The RIAM is a national conservatoire of music, with tertiary programmes in music performance…

My Creative Career – Ulla Hokkanen, Executive Creative Director of Galway Community Circus

What is your current role? I’m the Executive Creative Director of Galway Community Circus – Ireland’s flagship organisation for youth and social circus. I’ve been in this role since 2009 and during this time have built the role from a volunteer position into a permanent full-time role.   How did you get to where you…

My Creative Career – Ruth McGowan, Director of Dublin Fringe Festival

What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? I am Festival Director at Dublin Fringe Festival and I took on the role in January 2018. Dublin Fringe is a curated 16 day multi-disciplinary arts festival. We are a festival of firsts – all the work we present is brand…

My Creative Career – Rosaleen Molloy, Music Generation

What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? I am the National Director of Music Generation and commenced in the role in January 2010. How did you get to where you are today and what influenced your decision to work in your chosen field? My background spans the worlds…

My Creative Career – Nollaig Healy, Director of Clonmel Junction Festival

What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? I’m the current Artistic Director of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival. I’ve been in this role since last June, although I did work with the Festival for many years as Festival Manager before leaving in 2014. How did you get to where…

My Creative Career – Diego Fasciati, Executive Director of Irish National Opera

What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? I am the Executive Director of Irish National Opera. The company was launched last January with an inaugural concert that featured some of Ireland’s best opera singers. INO is the first truly national company that will present opera in larger theatres…

My Creative Career – Vanessa Fielding, Director of The Complex

What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? I am Artistic Director of the Complex and have been since 2010. How did you get to where you are today and what influenced your decision to work in your chosen field? I have always been a theatre director, working freelance…

My Creative Career – Kasandra O’Connell, Head of IFI Irish Film Archive

Monthly career interview with professionals in the creative sector   1. What is your current role and how long have you been working in it? Since 2000 I’ve been head of the IFI Irish Film Archive, which is part of the Irish Film Institute, Ireland’s cultural institution for Film. www.ifi.ie.  The Archive is custodian of Ireland’s…