Young Professionals on Arts Boards

Young Professionals on Arts Boards 2017-18 Programme - Applications now open!

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.

Interested? Contact or 028 9073 5150.


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

  • Gillian Greenfield, Solicitor, Commercial Litigation, Carson McDowell

    Gillian Greenfield, Solicitor, Commercial Litigation, Carson McDowell

    Gillian is a commercial litigation solicitor in Carson McDowell, specialising in the defence of professional indemnity claims. She qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and worked in a general practice firm where she acted in a range of litigation cases. She joined Carson McDowell’s commercial litigation team in December 2013.She specialises in the defence of professional indemnity claims against solicitors, valuers, architects, engineers, accountants and a range of other professionals and their insurers. 

  • Dawn Hesketh, Associate Director, SERIOUS

    Dawn Hesketh, Associate Director, SERIOUS

    Dawn is a corporate communications specialist and has worked with international organisations in the education and legal sectors, well-known names across the UK’s construction, retail and hospitality industries, as well as running place making campaigns for areas of regeneration across north Wales. She is currently an Associate Director at SERIOUS and is the CIPR NI's Outstanding Young Communicator 2016.

  • Jade O’Kane, Solicitor, Caldwell Robinson

    Jade O’Kane, Solicitor, Caldwell Robinson

    Jade was educated at Queen’s University Belfast (Honours Law). During her time at Queen’s, Jade achieved first place in Conveyancing and was awarded the McKane Medal for achieving first place in Jurisprudence. During her undergraduate studies, Jade was awarded a scholarship to study business for a year at Presbyterian College, South Carolina. She was placed on the Dean’s List of Presbyterian College in recognition of her academic achievement. Jade was also awarded Degree Plus in recognition of the activities she had undertaken in the development of employability skills beyond the programme of academic study.

    Jade undertook her professional legal training at the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education at the University of Ulster. She won the prestigious Arthur Cox prize for being placed first overall in the Postgraduate Diploma in professional legal practice. Jade’s primary area of expertise is Residential Conveyance.

  • Darryl Petticrew, Project Manager, Strategic Investment Board

    Darryl Petticrew, Project Manager, Strategic Investment Board

    Darryl is passionate about creating change, whether through the management & delivery of a project, developing strategic relationships or highlighting opportunities that will positively impact core business objectives and improved operational performance. With a background that stretches across multiple sectors, his focus is primarily on delivering major capital or revenue projects that result in positive social and economic outcomes. While currently providing project management advice to the NI Executive’s Social Investment Fund, he specialises in relationship management and business planning. Darryl’s previous professional experience includes working for an American based non-profit organisation, as well as managing a significant government investment to deliver capital and revenue streams on behalf of Ulster Rugby. Darryl is an active sportsperson and currently sits on the committee of his basketball club, Belfast Star, providing advice on governance, strategic planning and fundraising. As well as this, he is interested in the Tech Industry and is currently working on a number of digital skills projects in a voluntary capacity.  


  • Alexandra Majury, Commercial Finance Analyst, Moy Park

    Alexandra Majury, Commercial Finance Analyst, Moy Park

    Alex is a Business Studies graduate, passionate about the area of finance. She was awarded First-class honours placing second in her year at Liverpool John Moores University. She joined the fast paced world of Moy Park in 2013 as a Graduate Management Trainee in Finance where she benefitted from a number of very challenging, interesting and rewarding high-level placement opportunities. The programme was a fantastic experience where she gained great insight into the business at a strategic level, along with invaluable business contacts, and personal mentors who have helped shape her chosen career path. She was afforded the opportunity through Moy Park to begin her journey towards becoming a Chartered Accountant in 2014 and is currently a Management level CIMA student, placing 6th in Ireland in one of her first Operational level exams. Upon finishing the Graduate Scheme, she moved into a role as a Commercial Finance Analyst. She loves a challenge and this is exactly what she gets in the constantly changing environment that is Commercial Finance. In her spare time Alex enjoys nothing more than a game of badminton or getting outdoors and catching up with friends whilst doing a bit of hill walking.

  • Lisa Malcolmson, Graduate Trainee Accountant, Northern Ireland Audit Office

    Lisa Malcolmson, Graduate Trainee Accountant, Northern Ireland Audit Office

    Lisa is a trainee accountant and works for the Northern Ireland Audit Office, assisting with the financial audit of central and local government bodies while completing professional qualification through the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.  She enjoys many aspects of her career, but her background is actually in music.  She studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at Queen’s University and her main interests are in classical and Irish traditional music.  She also has a strong interest in drama and literature of many genres and in her spare time plays the piano and viola.  She is delighted to have the opportunity to take part in the Young Professional on Arts Board Programme, and hopes that she will be able to add value to any organisation that she becomes involved with.

  • Gareth McBride, Technical Manager, Augentius

    Gareth McBride, Technical Manager, Augentius

    Gareth graduated from the University of Ulster in 2007, obtaining a degree in Business, Finance & Investment. Having trained within a practice environment, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011. Since then, he has occupied a number of roles including those within the manufacturing, retail and property sectors during which he acted in both finance & operational capacities. More recently, Gareth has been working as a Manager within the Technical Department of a multinational fund administrator. During this time he has developed high levels of expertise in financial reporting and general management. Aside from work, he takes a keen interest in both local & international business, all kinds of sport and enjoys playing golf (badly). He also likes to travel and also try out new restaurants.

  • Jonathan McNeill, Chartered Certified Accountant, Maneely McCann

    Jonathan McNeill, Chartered Certified Accountant, PFK-FPM Accountants

    Jonathan is a qualified accountant with experience of working with charities as well as businesses and has worked in practice for five years. He received an accountancy degree from The University of Ulster Jordanstown, and post primary education in St Colman’s College Newry. He is hard working and outgoing with an interest in sports.

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This programme is subsidised by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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