The Team

Christy Herron

Des Hurley

des.hurley@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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Christy Herron

christy.herron@irisharts.org.uk

Christy is the Irish Arts Foundation Development Officer. From a Leeds-Irish background: an accomplished guitarist, Christy is also a software developer with well over 15 years-experience in developing websites, web based software services and mobile applications for both Android and iOS.

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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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Alison Childs

info@irisharts.org.uk

Alison is currently working in an organisational development freelance capacity for the Irish Arts Foundation having previously worked with The Regional Development Agency and Yorkshire Forward.

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Róisín Ferguson

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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

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

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With a background in housing management, Jim is currently working with the Irish Mens group as part of our Irish Elders Cultural Project.

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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

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

John O’Dwyer (Vice Chair)
Project Manager, Caring Together in Woodhouse & Little London

Kieron Mulloy (Treasurer)
Chartered Management Accountant.

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

Amanda Burton
Freelance Artist and Administrator at Inkwell Arts, Leeds

Oliver Engley
Design Consultant.

Tara McStay
Head teacher at a local primary school and a classically-trained pianist.

Sean Stowell
TV researcher and producer of The Politics Show at BBC Television in Leeds.

Non Executive Trustees

Kevin Mullowney
Finance and Monitoring Officer, Leeds Beckett University.

Marie Ferguson
Former youth worker.

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