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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

Adam Bradley

Adam Bradley Arts Programme Co-ordinator

Adam joined Arts & Business NI in March 2020, with 6 years of experience in the Arts and Voluntary & Community sectors. While doing an undergraduate degree in Music in Trinity College Dublin, Adam worked in Events and Public Relations for Irish arts organisations. He continued his studies at Queen’s University Belfast, completing an MRes in Music Composition, focusing on genre fluidity and hybridised musical styles in composition and their suitability to arts organisations in the north and south of Ireland. He works with the Head of Arts to plan A&B NI’s Arts Membership programme, member communications and support, and the implementation of the investment programme. Adam spends his spare time writing and playing music, going to local music events, and enjoying the outdoors.

Kat Robinson

Kat RobinsonMarketing & Events Manager

Kat has worked within the marketing and publicity industry for 8 years, following her graduation from the University of St Andrews with a Masters degree in English and Creative Writing in 2011. She has worked at a strategic level in both London and Belfast, crafting creative communications campaigns for a range of clients including: Penguin Books, Simon & Schuster, The Merchant Hotel, Festival of Fools, National Trust, Stena Line and Department of Education. Kat joined Arts & Business NI in March 2020 and is responsible for delivering innovative marketing and event strategies which showcase the amazing collaborations between our members. In her spare time Kat is happiest when taking photos, reading poetry by Frank O’Hara and enjoying a glass of red wine with family.  

Kat can be contacted via k.robinson@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

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