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Mary NageleChief Executive

Mary joined Arts & Business as National Director NI in 2008. In 2011 when A&B NI set up as an independent company she became CEO. Previously she was Head of Marketing & Development at the Ulster Orchestra, Lyric Theatre and the Grand Opera House in Belfast. She also worked in a trade marketing role in the private sector for Bass Brewers Belfast and spent some time marketing leisure services in Manchester. Mary is a member of the advisory committee for Creative & Cultural Skills NI

Sarah MackeyExecutive and Business Support

Sarah Mackey, Executive & Business Support – Sarah joined Arts & Business NI in 2014. Sarah has extensive experience in business operations, account management and executive support having worked for 17 years for a bank and for 10 years in a commercial office supplies company where she was Operations Manager. She provides support on business development and business member services and executive support to the CEO.

Maeve McKerveyHead of Business

Maeve joined Arts & Business NI in November 2016, and has 25+ years business development experience. At the SHS Group, as Brand/Commercial Manager she created and built effective partnerships with a wide range of suppliers and customers, operating at all levels. Maeve also worked as Trading Manager at Musgrave NI and was responsible for sourcing and managing 700+ food to go products. In this role she was responsible for managing successful partnerships with 71 suppliers. Maeve volunteers with Marie Curie and Culture Night Belfast, and is a passionate supporter of the arts.

Brona WhittakerHead of Arts

Brona has been working in the cultural sector in Northern Ireland for almost twenty years and during that time has worked with cultural organisations across Belfast including the Lyric Theatre and Replay Theatre Company. Brona joined Arts & Business NI as Arts Manager in 2007. She manages A&B NI’s Arts Membership programme including design and delivery of fundraising training and advice surgeries and the events programme. Brona also manages the Investment Programme which is designed to encourage inspirational, sustainable partnerships between businesses and the arts organisations they sponsor. Brona spends her spare time having fun with family, running and talking

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Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.