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.

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.

Cathal Esler

Appointed to the Board in 2019

Cathal Esler is an experienced human resource management and operations management professional. He is Director of Human Resources at Ability West in Galway. He has previously worked in similar senior management roles at Shannon Group plc and as an officer in the Defence Forces, with whom he served on several overseas missions. He is a former lecturer and member of the Academic Council at Galway Business School. As a Chartered Member he is actively involved in the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the institute for HR professionals in Ireland, and was honoured to be selected as Chairperson of the CIPD Ireland Western Region 2017-2019. Cathal holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from NUI Galway and a Masters of Business Studies (Human Resource Management) from University of Limerick. He lives in Galway and has been a keen supporter of Baboró since his children were first introduced to the festival.

Hilary Morley

Appointed to the Board in 2019

Hilary lives in Galway. Her experience spans the fields of the Professional Arts and Design Craft. With a Bachelor of Commerce and degree in Fine Art, her career has included management, consultancy and facilitation posts with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland as well as Local Enterprise Offices and other state organisations. She is an Art Curator and has also curated design craft, fine art and multi-disciplinary exhibitions for Galway International Arts Festival, NUI Galway, Ceramics Ireland and the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival. She is a member of the Tulca Festival of Visual Art Education Team and has volunteered in the past with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway 2020 and Galway Community Circus. More recently Hilary has worked as a professional artist, and is a member of Engage Art Studios Galway.

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