Baboró Board of Directors

Annette Curley (Chair)
Appointed to the Board in 2015
Annette has over 25 years international experience in General and Human Resource Management working in both multi-national and indigenous environments. Operating as a strategic business partner, she has worked at Board level in several companies and has been a member of executive management teams. She has been actively involved in two technology companies progressing from private status through IPO to public company status. Annette comes from County Clare and has returned to Galway after a considerable time away and has been working as a mentor with not-for-profit organisations since her return, including Pieta House Galway Darkness Into Light, of which she was Chair. Annette has a keen interest in the arts and has been a supporter of Baboró since her two children spent their early childhood living in Galway.

Majella Perry (Vice-Chair)
Appointed to the Board in 2015 Majella has been interested in providing and developing services and provision to children and young people throughout her working life. In her early career she fulfilled development roles in a number of regional & national youth work and community work organisations. From 1999-2008, Majella worked as an independent consultant within the arts, education and youth sectors. This work focused on creating and expanding opportunities for young people to experience and engage with the arts. Clients included national cultural institutions (e.g. IMMA), arts organisations (The Arts Council, National Association for Youth Drama), local authority arts offices, national and regional youth work organisations and Education Centres (Limerick & Clare). Throughout this time, Majella continued her drama and theatre practice, working directly with children and young people in both formal and informal education contexts.

Gráinne Ferry
Appointed to the Board in 2014
Gráinne is a teacher at Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla, Galway City. A graduate of Saint Patrick’s College, Dublin and The Dublin Institute of Technology, Gráinne has worked as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times and The Cork Examiner and as a development officer with Voluntary Services International in South East Asia. Before having her children she enjoyed working as a stage manager with Stage Centre (Cork) and Head or Harps Theatre (Galway). In her free time she curates art exhibitions at Anton’s Café on Father Griffin Road. She is particularly interested in the accessibility of the arts for children from disadvantaged environments.

Fergus Cronin
Appointed to the Board in 2015
Fergus worked initially in the 1970’s as a performer with The Children’s T-Company and other theatre companies. He moved on to a twenty-five year career in Water Treatment Engineering including 15 years as MD/Company owner of a sizeable contracting company based in Kilkenny. Fergus retired in 2004 to become self-employed and set up Spool Communications Ltd (with partner and wife Maureen Kennelly) to undertake consulting work in the media and arts sectors. Fergus returned also, after many years, to perform in and produce a few theatre projects. He was an Irish Times Theatre Awards judge in 2013 and 2014 as well as founder member and first Chairman of Kilkenny Educate Together primary school. He engaged extensively in community development and cultural organisations in Kilkenny. Fergus has served on several Boards of Directors, such as Kilkenny Arts Festival and Team Educational Theatre Company. Currently Chairperson of Kilkenny Industrial Development Compnay, he currently divides his time between Connemara and Dublin and continues to work professionally with a small number of companies and spends a good deal of time writing fiction.

Marie O'Byrne
Appointed to the Board in 2017
Marie O’Byrne, Director of the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, has long been involved in the development and production of new artistic collaboration projects from her time spent at glór Irish music centre, her work with Open House festival, Belfast and her time at the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo over the past 6 years. Marie’s creative direction in terms of her work is progressive with an emphasis on the creation of new collaborative work. She holds a degree in Architectural Science from UCD, a MA in Music Technology from DIT and a MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from UL.

Cian O'Brien
Appointed to the Board in 2017
Cian has been Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre since October 2011. Prior to this he was Producer/Artist Development with Rough Magic Theatre Company. He produced 13 productions with Rough Magic, including national & international tours along with 3 world premieres. Cian was also responsible for managing and co-curating Rough Magic’s Artist Development programmes: SEEDS, ADVANCE and Production Support. Cian worked as a freelance producer working on a number of projects with Making Strange Theatre, Junk Ensemble, Brokentalkers, thisispopbaby, Project Arts Centre and Bedrock Productions. He is a former Alternative Miss Ireland (2011). Alongside his role on the board of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, he is a member of the Strategic Policy Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts, a board member of the Irish Theatre Institute, Dead Centre Theatre and is Chairperson of CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

Dermot Nolan

Appointed to the Board in 2018
Dermot Nolan is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland with over 30 years’ experience working at an executive level both in Ireland and internationally. He worked with EY and Mazars up to Partner level having significant experience with listed companies and subsidiaries of multinationals. Has extensive breadth and depth of knowledge across many industry sectors, particularly within the medical device, technology, film and construction sectors. He also, has significant level of experience in SME lending and restructuring and has been involved in numerous portfolio review exercises across a range of countries on behalf of banks, regulators, Governments and policy makers. He works with the local business community, as the Chairperson of the Evaluation Committee of the Galway City & County Enterprise Board. He is currently the Head of the Strategic and Economic Committee of Galway Chamber. He is a member of judging panels for enterprise awards with the Local Enterprise Office. He has lectured to both under and post graduate students in NUI, Galway in the areas of Financial Accounting and Auditing and is the current extern examiner for the Masters in Accounting in NUI, Galway. Dermot has also been involved in charitable and local community organisations including his role as current President of Galway Hockey Club, committee member of Architecture at the Edge and has provided financial services to Breast Cancer Research.

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