The Team

Des Hurley, Chief Executive

Des Hurley, Chief Executive

des@irisharts.org.uk

The founder of the IAF in 1998, Des has long been established as a highly respected fiddle player in demand both in Britain and Ireland. From a well known Leeds musical family, he studied in Voluntary Sector Management which enabled him to develop the skills to grow the organisation considerably.

An experienced teacher, Des has lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities and has also served on the board of the Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme Advisory Committee.

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Chris O'Malley, Director

Chris O'Malley, Director

chris@irisharts.org.uk

Chris joined the IAF in 2005. After teaching Social Science and Irish Studies in Birmingham, Chris taught in a school in the West of Ireland for two years. This experience as well as his considerable experience performing in various acts all over the world ideally placed him to develop the activities and programmes at the IAF. Chris is also much in demand as an accompanist both on piano and guitar.

Chris served for two years on the board of directors for Resourcing the Community, a registered charity in Leeds and is a director of Seven Arts Centre, the impressive arts space in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

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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.

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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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Steve Procter

Steve Procter

stephen.procter@wycas.org.uk

Steve is the Irish Arts Foundation Finance Officer. He works for West Yorkshire Accounting Services and has considerable experience in charities accounting.

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Alison Childs

Alison Childs

info@irisharts.org.uk

Alison is currently working in an organisational development capacity for the Irish Arts Foundation having previously worked with The Department for Communities and Local Government.

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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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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 Programme.

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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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Board of Trustees

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

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

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

Jo Heyworth 
Head of Human Resources at Trinity College, Calderdale, former Human Resources Officer at Arts Council England.

Oliver Engley
Accomplished musician and architect.

Liz Fox-Price
Programme and Promotions Manager at Leeds International Concert Season, Leeds City Council.

Sean Stowell
TV Producer at BBC Television.

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

Non Executive Trustees

Kevin Mullowney
Finance & Monitoring Officer at Leeds Metropolitan 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.