The Team

Des Hurley

Des Hurley

des@irisharts.org.uk

Chief Executive and  founder of the IAF in 1998, Des has long been established as a highly respected fiddle player in demand both in Britain and Ireland. An experienced teacher, Des has lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities and Leeds College of Music and has also served on the board of the Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme Advisory Committee

 

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Steve Procter

Steve Procter

stephen.procter@wycas.org.uk

Steve is the Irish Arts Foundation Finance Officer. He works for West Yorkshire Community Accounting Services (WYCAS)  and has considerable experience in charities accounting. Unique in West Yorkshire, WYCAS has been operating since 2000. In that time they have built up an excellent track record for providing financial management training and accounting services particularly within the voluntary and community sector.

 

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Christy Herron

Christy Herron

christyherron@me.com

Aside from being an accomplished guitarist, Christy maintains the website on a consultancy basis and regularly takes part in Foundation events. Christy is a software developer with well over 15 years experience in developing websites, web based software services and mobile applications for both Android and iOS. 

www.developd.co.uk

 

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Jo Lee

Jo Lee

info@jolee.uk.com

Leeds based freelance mixed media artist & educator,Jo is our celtic artist for the Schools & Out of School Workshops as part of our  IAF Educational Programme

www.jolee.uk.com

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Jim Mulhern

Jim Mulhern

info@irisharts.org.uk

From a background in Housing Management and Social Care, Jim is working with the IAF team in the development of the Irish Men’s Cultural and Reminiscence Project as part of the Irish Elders Cultural Project.

 

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Róisín Ferguson

Róisín Ferguson

info@irisharts.org.uk

Roisin graduated in Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University 2013 and has worked for the Irish Arts Foundation on a number of projects, in particular researching the Irish community in Leeds for the Untold Stories Project. Roisin also plays the fiddle and performs regularly with the Leeds branch of Comhaltas.

 

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Cormac O'Donoghue

Cormac O'Donoghue

info@irisharts.org.uk

Cormac O'Donoghue, although a native of Adare in Co. Limerick, has been living in Leeds for a number of years. With a background in private industry, a good command of the Irish language and a keen ear for Irish music, Cormac has been a useful addition to the Irish Arts Foundation volunteer team on a number of levels.

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Gerry Hughes

Gerry Hughes

hughesgerard@hotmail.com

From a background in environmental management, Gerry has taken a career and lifestyle change now working as a freelance artist from his Liverpool studio overlooking the mountains of north Wales. His critically acclaimed work includes images for The Leeds Gathering since 2014 and images for a number of our events throughout the year. 

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Board of Trustees

Professor David Cooper (Chair)
Professor of Music in the School of Music at The University of Leeds and was previously Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications.

Jo Heyworth (Vice Chair)
HR Consultant. Former Head of Human Resources (HR) at Trinity College, Calderdale and Human Resources Officer at Arts Council England.

Kieron Mulloy (Treasurer) 
Management Accountant with Irish community links.

Tara McStay  
Headteacher at a local primary school and accomplished musician with Irish community links.

John O'Dwyer
Project Manager, Caring Together in Woodhouse & Little London.

Oliver Engley
Accomplished musician and architect.

Sean Stowell
TV Producer at BBC Television.

Dr. Patrick Bourne
Assistant Community Curator, Abbey House Museum & Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds.

Amanda Burton
Development Worker, Inkwell Arts, Leeds.


Non Executive Trustees

Kevin Mullowney
Finance & Monitoring Officer at Leeds Beckett University, accomplished musician with Irish community links.

Marie Ferguson
Former youth worker with Irish community links.

Peter Saunders
Retired Head of Service, at Travellers Education, Leeds.

Maureen Byrne
Solicitor.

Paul Fallon
Arts & Regeneration Consultant.

John Pender
Lecturer at Sligo Institute of Technology.