Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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Board Biographies

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Board

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Board will change in 2020 subject to new appointments by the Department for Communities.

The Board members, including Chairperson, John Edmund and Vice-Chair, Dr Katy Radford, are drawn from a broad cross-section of representatives from the arts and cultural sector.

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John Edmund - Chairperson

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John Edmund is a strategic planning and organisational development consultant, and a marketing professional working with clients across the UK and Ireland. He is a former Chairman (Worldwide) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, former Vice-President of the European Marketing Confederation, former Chair of the Grand Opera House, Belfast, former Chair of the NI Music Industry Commission, and a former Director of the Odyssey Trust Co Ltd and the Odyssey Construction Co Ltd.

Dr Katy Radford MBE - Vice Chair

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Dr Katy Radford, MBE works at the Institute for Conflict Research designing and delivering research, training, policy and community development programmes.  She uses the arts as the principal methodology for engagement when working in communities.  She has a PhD in Ethnomusicology and previously worked in international feature film productions and in the broadcast media.  Katy is a Ministerial appointment to the Commission for Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition, she sits on the Executive Office’s Race Equality Sub-Group and on the Executive Council of the Northern Ireland Jewish Community. 

Dr Siún Hanrahan

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Dr Hanrahan is currently a Board Member of Belfast Exposed Photography. She was previously the Head of Academic Affairs and Research, and Head of Research and Postgraduate Development at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She brings experience within the arts field, as well as experience of equality issues, to the body. 

Cian Smyth

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Cian Smyth has 20 years’ experience working in the arts and film sectors through which he has worked with NI Screen, the UK Film Council, European Commission, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Cinema Arts Network, and The Space.  During his career he has attracted over €1 million of investment by the EC into the local film and television industry and built a £5 million cultural programme for Northern Ireland and its involvement in London 2012. He was Producer at Hull UK City of Culture 2017, an Artistic Advisor to 1418Now and is the current Chairperson of Outburst Arts.".