John Colgan (Chair)

John is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience of financial management and leadership. John has brought his business experience as a Finance Director in the private sector to the public and arts sectors, lending his expertise to a range of boards including the Ulster Orchestra, the Ulster Youth Choir, and the Department of the Environment. 

Richard Blakeman

Richard is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with over 12 years’ experience working in practice and is currently working at ASM Chartered Accountants

Damian Cranney

Damian is Managing Director of digital creative agency, Big Motive and advises a number of media technology start-ups. 

Katrina Donnelly

Katrina is a solicitor with over 12 years’ experience in both the public and private sector. Before that, she worked on European Commission projects aimed at preparing central and eastern European countries for accession to the EU.

Jonathan Ireland

Jonathan is a founding partner of Lanyon Communications. He has worked with leading retail banks, international law firms and investment funds, as well as blue-chip companies on a range of strategic communications issues.

Carrie Matchett

Carrie is a self-employed consultant specialising in governance and strategy. She has over twenty years’ experience working in audience-facing roles for the BBC in Northern Ireland and across the UK.

Lesley McClure

Lesley has over 25 years' experience in market and social research. She has been managing Director of Ipsos MORI in Ireland and Northern Ireland and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Ulster Business School in the Ulster University.

Jacinta Parkhill

Jacinta is Senior Communications Consultant at Morrow Communications advising a range of organisations across the UK and Ireland on consumer and corporate communications, advertising, creative services, and brand management.

Richard Whan

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and the owner of Simplicity Accounting, a Chartered Accountant Practice with an emphasis on creative, tech, and start-up businesses. 

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