Young Professionals on Arts Boards

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,

  • and 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,

  • three 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,

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

This programme will open for applications in April 2018. Interested? Contact or 028 9073 5150 for more information.


KPMG & Moving on Music

“The initial A&B NI training gave me a new insight as to how corporate governance should be undertaken. As a result, my leadership skills were developed, and it gave me an opportunity to bring my professional skill set to an arts charity.”

Young Professionals on Arts Boards - a professional development programme aimed NI’s brightest corporate prodigies. Our goal is to get the best up-and-coming talent that business has to offer onto the boards of leading arts organisations. Introducing 2016/2017 Young Professionals on Arts Boards below.

Young Professionals on Arts Boards 2017/18

  • David Black, Associate Solicitor, Arthur Cox

    David is an Associate Solicitor in Arthur Cox specialising in Commercial and Chancery Litigation, David acts for a range of Banks and Companies in a variety of fields in both moving and defending claims. David also has an interest in Intellectual Property and regulatory disputes. David studied undergraduate Law at Queen’s University, Belfast, undertook a Masters in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Edinburgh, and also studied business at the University of Portland, Oregon for a year before graduating from QUB. David enjoys travelling, eating out, and plays the piano.

  • Rachel Craig, Solicitor, Carson McDowell

    Rachel is a solicitor in the Corporate team at Carson McDowell. Rachel studied Law (LLB Hons) at Newcastle University and completed her Legal Practice Course and a Masters in Advanced Legal Practice at Northumbria University. Rachel trained as a solicitor with Herbert Smith Freehills, working in both Belfast and London, before joining Carson McDowell in September 2015. Rachel is involved in assisting on a variety of corporate transactions including the acquisition and disposal of companies and joint venture and shareholder arrangements. Rachel also provides advice and assistance to companies on a range of governance and compliance issues.

  • Naomi Lamont, Solicitor, Elliot Duffy Garrett Solicitors

    I studied Law at Trinity College Dublin prior to completing a Master’s in Human Rights and Criminal Justice at Queen’s University Belfast. While studying for my Master’s I also taught Business and Law at Northern Regional College. I then studied at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2016. I currently work as a Private Client Solicitor in Elliott Duffy Garrett Solicitors and advise in relation to Wills and Trusts, Administration of Estates, Controllerships, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Charity Law.

    Outside of work, I am a member of the Law Pro Bono choir. I also enjoy travelling, going to the theatre and endure going running.

  • Gerarda Morton, Senior Former Practicing Barrister, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Gerarda graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 2006 with a LLB. Hons degree in Law. Having completed postgraduate training at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, she qualified as a Barrister in 2008, specialising in family law, ancillary relief law and civil litigation.  In January 2016, Gerarda joined Herbert Smith Freehills LLP as a senior lawyer in the Alternative Legal Services practice group.  Gerarda specialises in Disputes, and manages the delivery of work in large-scale legal disputes including litigation, international arbitration and claims assessment matters.  Gerarda is co-lead of Herbert Smith Freehills Belfast's Arts and Business Network.  Outside work, Gerarda enjoys travelling and attending local festivals and events with her family and friends.

  • Lesley-Ann O'Donnell, Web & Publications Editor, Tourism Northern Ireland

    Lesley-Ann studied Advertising & Marketing at Lancaster University, and completed her Masters at the University of Ulster in Communication, Advertising & Marketing. Since then she has worked in marketing roles in both the USA and UK.

    She has experience working on both client and agency side and has worked with both global brands and local SME’s to deliver strategic and tactical marketing campaigns. She has since transitioned to digital marketing working in the field of tourism. Developing skills around the strategic elements of content planning and the technical application and implementation of these plans. As well as this she is an advocate for user experience led design.

    Lesley-Ann is passionate about understanding what makes audiences tick and communicating to them with relevant content in the most appropriate channels.

  • Jessica Pearson, Trainee Investment Manager, Cunningham Coates

    Jessica graduated from Durham University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Modern Languages, specialising in Spanish and Arabic. Jessica is originally from Manchester but moved over to Belfast after graduation, upon securing a position on the Trainee Investment Manager Graduate Scheme with Cunningham Coates. Jessica is currently sitting her second lot of Investment exams, but if she has any free time she loves reading, learning different languages, and exploring Belfast!

  • Aaron Roddy, Solicitor, Carson McDowell

    Aaron is an Assistant Solicitor in the Commercial Law Team at Carson McDowell LLP.

    Aaron works closely with Partner Dawn McKnight and specialises in general commercial contracts, ICT contracts, intellectual property and general corporate matters.

    Aaron graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2012 with an honours degree in law. He gained his professional qualification at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in September 2015.

  • Norman Sinclair, Trainee Investment Manager, Cunningham Coates

    Norman is a Trainee Investment Manager at Cunningham Coates, having graduated with a MSc Computational Finance & Trading from Queen’s University Belfast in December 2016. His other interests include sport, music and travel.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland
This programme is subsidised by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and supported by Carson McDowell. 

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