Young Professionals on Arts Boards

Young Professionals on Arts Boards 2018/19

  • Welcome to our new recruits for 2018 2019
  • Mark Eaglesham, George Best Belfast City Airport

    Mark EagleshamMark is a hardworking, fun-loving, well-rounded Geordie now living in Belfast after 10+ years in London. His experience, whilst mainly in the aviation industry, has allowed him to learn many vital business skills. His current position at George Best Belfast City Airport allows him to ‘wear many hats’ – ranging from Business Development to eCommerce, Strategy, Marketing – and many more. But Mark still has a hunger to learn and develop  both personally and professionally. Mark sees the Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme adding to his constantly evolving learning curve. But is also keen to share his knowledge and experience in his adopted new home. Outside of work, Mark enjoys listening to music, reading, swimming, design and technology, as well as travelling.

  • Christina Faloon, Dale Farm

    Christina Faloon

    Christina Faloon is the Powder Production Manager at Dale Farm, managing milk intake and powder production. Christina graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition with Professional Studies. During her placement year Christina worked in Marks & Spencer’s head office in London and Scotbeef in Glasgow.

    Upon graduating from University, Christina joined Dale Farm as a New Product Development graduate. During her time as a graduate she completed a Chartered Management Institute level 5 certificate in management and leadership through Cardiff University.

    Christina comes from a framing background and enjoys travelling and socialising in her spare time.

  • Sean Fitzpatrick, Mourne Seafood, Home, and Belfast Cookery School

    Sean Fitzpatrick

    I am currently undertaking Masters in human resource management (HRM) at Ulster University Business School. Upon completion I will also obtain a professional qualification, Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The focus of the Masters programme is to develop my knowledge and skills within human resource management, training and development or employee relations. Previous learning and development has included completing a degree in sociology at Queen’s University Belfast and a level 5 diploma in HRM at Belfast Metropolitan College.

    I have been able to put my academic knowledge in to practice throughout a number of business disciplines to include stakeholder engagement. This has primarily been achieved within my role as Company Director / Operations Manager within Mourne Seafood Ltd and its sister company Belfast Cookery School.

    I enjoy new challenges, which is something I am currently experiencing within the Belfast Cookery School in relation to social media and online marketing. To enhance my understanding of this communication tool I am currently completing an OCN diploma in digital marketing.

    I value myself as someone who strive to support others, my experience at senior management level has allowed me to develop my people skills to include building relationships, problem solving and demonstrate a balance between a person centred and task focused approach. 

    I am proud to part of the Young Professionals Arts Board Programme, I hope to contribute my knowledge, skills and experience to the programme and look forward to the learning and connections it will bring.

  • Aoife Fee, Tourism Northern Ireland

    Aoife Fee

    A former first class honours graduate of the BA (Hons) Hospitality Management programme at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Aoife commenced her career within the sales & marketing department of Mount Juliet Conrad in Co. Kilkenny in 2005.

    Following that, she spent over three years as part of the core project management team of a Fáilte Ireland  funded project for the Tourism Learning Networks based in WIT, a business development programme for small to medium tourism and hospitality businesses situated throughout the south east and south west of Ireland.

    During this time Aoife also had the opportunity to feed into a number of academic publications prepared in the Institute, presenting a number of tourism and hospitality papers at various academic conferences.

    Aoife joined Tourism Northern Ireland in 2010 (based in the Dublin office) working as a member of the ROI PR and Marketing team, arranging and organising PR and publicity opportunities and activity for Tourism NI in the ROI market. In 2013, Aoife completed a post graduate Diploma in Public Relations at the Fitzwilliam Institute in Dublin.

    In 2017, she transferred from PR to the Business Solutions team within Tourism NI, building and establishing relations with a wide range of domestic and international tour operators and travel trade, closely liaising with Tourism Ireland market offices, participating in international trade missions and promoting Northern Ireland as a tourism destination with a large range of international stakeholders. A native of Co. Kilkenny, Aoife is currently based in Co. Meath, however her work frequently takes her to Belfast and various other locations throughout Northern Ireland.

  • Katherine Hughes, Ulster Carpets

    Katherine Hughes

    Katherine graduated from University of Leicester in 2011 with a BSc in Communications and Media and went on to study a Diploma in Management Practice from the University of Ulster. Katherine now works as a Marketing Executive within a busy team at Ulster Carpets. With seven years of experience gained in the textile industry she is furthering her love for interiors by studying for a diploma in Interior Design.

    She specialises in social media, merchandising, blogging about trends and “making things look pretty”.

    In her spare time she loves to “go somewhere and do something. When I’m not travelling my favourite place to be is the North Coast, surfing with friends”.

    Katherine is looking forward to finding her place on a board, learn from the experience and meet new people to share some of her skills with.

  • Tom Hughes, Queen’s University Belfast

    Tom Hughes

    Tom is a designer, film-maker and musician based in Belfast. Currently leading the video content team in Queen’s University Belfast’s marketing department, he has worked in brand and digital agencies, in-house marketing departments and for arts organisations across Northern Ireland and Ireland. He has performed extensively as a cellist and bass player across the UK and Ireland and is a co-founder of the Ormeau Commmunity Choir.

    I am a trained and experienced content producer, having worked in brand and digital agencies, in-house marketing departments and as a freelancer in the arts sector in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

    I have over 6 years' experience creating video, motion graphics, graphic design, photography and audio for integrated digital campaigns for clients across the private, public and charity sectors. I have also been a musician since an early age, performing and recording professionally for over 10 years, playing cello and bass.

    He is interested in the practise of graphic design, filmmaking and music performance as commission, and in turn as a self reflective act, using the assigned medium to elevate ideas beyond the commercial and promotional.

    Tom has collaborated with many galleries and producers including Catalyst Arts, music label Optophono, Household curatorial collective, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry, as well as experimental band Blue Whale, and contemporary dancer Maeve McGreevy.

  • Ronan Marlow, Forde Campbell Law

    Ronan Marlow

  • Laura McIlvanna, Dale Farm

    Laura McIlvanna

    Laura is the Group Packaging Technologist for Dale Farm, managing packaging innovation and influencing the packaging agenda. Laura graduated from John Moore’s University Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts in Product Design & Digital Modelling and is currently concluding a Diploma in Packaging Technology through the IOM3.

    Laura moved back home to Northern Ireland in February 2017 to join the Dale Farm team and establish a new role in the business. She previously spent 10 years in Liverpool and has gained experiences from different industries, across a range of products. She is very self-motivated and enjoys a challenge.

    Laura comes from a musical family and enjoys any live event. In her spare time, she is a keen traveller and enjoys socialising.

  • Sean O'Grady, Dale Farm

    Sean works as a Business Development Manager within the ingredients division in Dale Farm having previously worked in the business improvement and supply chain function for 4 years. During this time, he has gained a professional qualification in management from the CMI and a Lean Leadership qualification from the University of Cardiff. Sean also has several years management experience in retail before joining Dale Farm.

    Sean studied Business Management (BSc Hons) at Queen’s University graduating in 2013.

    Outside of work Sean enjoys travelling, socialising with friends and playing golf.

Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme 

Could you share your professional skills to help a cultural organisation be as efficient and effective as possible?

In return you get:

  • The excitement and distinction of sitting on a cultural business board of Directors

  • The knowledge you are giving something back to your community

  • A creative route to personal and professional improvement

The Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme is for people up to 35 years old. It costs £450+VAT for A&B NI Members or £500+VAT for non-members, and includes:

  • A 1-1 diagnostic session to find out your unique skills, interests and motivations

  • 3 governance training seminars to help you understand your roles and responsibilities as a (Non-Executive) Company Director

  • Facilitated opportunities to join the Board of an arts organisation

  • Your own account manager to support you throughout the duration of your Board term

  • Your photo and pen pic being featured in our Investing in the Arts brochure

  • Invitations to A&B NI’s arts and business training seminars, events and networking opportunities

This year’s programme is closed, however we will be accepting applications in April 2019. To register your interest in advance email: for more information.

Cunningham Coates & The John Hewitt Society

“For anyone with Non-Executive activity in their career plan, I would suggest that this is an essential part of the learning curve. Joining a board for the first time can be daunting, but the knowledge that the people at A&B NI have prepared you well and also that they are there to help with any queries along the way is invaluable.

The process gave me confidence to be able to contribute fully to a board. Since joining The John Hewitt Society board I have met so many fantastic people, all trying to make a difference within our local communities. The whole thing is a very rewarding experience and I recommend it to anyone.”

“Ryan has been a superb addition to our Board. He understands the complexity of our way of working, asks good challenging questions, and brings dynamism and ambition to the table. We value and benefit from his external perspective and business sector knowledge.”

This programme is subsidised by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Carson McDowell supports Young Professionals on Arts Boards through pro-bono expertise and training. Read more here                                                         

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