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The Cathedral Quarter Trust is run by a small, dedicated core team, reporting into our Board of Directors. 

Our Board

Anne McReynolds (Chair), The MAC

Prior to her current role as Chief Executive of the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) Anne was the Director of the Old Museum Arts Centre. Anne was one of the co-founders of the Belfast Children’s Festival and and chaired the Board of Trustees of that organisation for the first five years of its life. She has also been a Trustee of the BBC Performing Arts Fund, Upstate Theatre, Drocheda, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and The Theatres Trust, an Independent Advisory Body charged with protecting and preserving theatres throughout the UK.

She is currently the Deputy Chairman/Chairman [delete as appropriate!] of the Cathedral Quarter Trust and is an Honourary Member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast where she studied English Language and Literature Anne also holds post-graduate qualifications in Law & Business and Cultural Management. She lives in Belfast with her husband, four children and two dogs.

John McGuckian, Tughan’s (Deputy Chair)

John McGuckian is a partner in the Corporate team at the law firm Tughans. He works with local and international companies in respect of mergers and acquisitions, general shareholder matters and equity investment. While a North Antrim native by origin John now lives in Belfast and has a keen interest in the arts sector.

Andrew McLean (Treasurer), Accountant

Professor Alistair Adair, Ulster University

Professor Alastair Adair, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Ulster University is academic lead in the development of the University’s new £263M Belfast campus. One of the largest higher education developments in Europe the project is creating a world-leading future-looking teaching and research campus right in Cathedral Quarter that is rejuvenating the north central part of the city. Professor Adair has served as Deputy-Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the Belfast and Jordanstown campuses.

Kelly-Anne Collins, Young at Art

Kelly-Anne joined Young at Art as General Manager in May 2018. Prior to that, she spent seven years as General Manager of Dance Resource Base, a support organisation for dance professionals across Northern Ireland.

Her other roles in Northern Ireland have included a number of years as the Arts & Cultural Programming Officer at the Linen Hall Library, jointly founding and delivering the very first Belfast Book Festival in 2009.

From Australia, her work prior to moving to Belfast was as an independent theatre producer, paralegal and policy researcher. She holds degrees in Politics and Law (University of Queensland) and Theatre (Queensland University of Technology) as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership from Ulster University.

Kelly-Anne is passionate about the value of the arts to children, young people and their families and delivering on Young at Art’s mission to bring extraordinary arts experiences into their lives.

Geraldine Duggan, Belfast City Centre Management

David Flinn, Belfast Civic Trust

David Flinn LLB,BEM ,is from a business, legal and heritage background. He was previously Group Solicitor for Viridian Group PLC ( which included NIE) and a Legal Consultant to AL Goodbody and The Utility Regulator. He was a former Chair of the Belfast Solicitors Association and was previously on the Board of the National Trust in NI. He is currently Chair of the Belfast Hills Partnership and Belfast Civic Trust where he campaigns for new uses for the City’s heritage and improvement of its environmental assets. He is a strong advocate of the economic potential which the arts and heritage bring to the renaissance of Belfast.

Reverend Stephen Forde, Belfast Cathedral

Mark Hackett, Hackett Architects

Peter Richards, Golden Thread Gallery

Peter Richards has over twenty years’ experience in the arts, both as a curator and as an artist. He has led the Golden Thread Gallery since 2001 and is the current Chair of the Belfast Visual Arts Forum. Peter has developed and managed projects across Northern Ireland, nationally and internationally, including the recent large-scale exhibition at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art in Taiwan. Peter’s role includes engaging with key stakeholders, budgetary control, lobbying for the arts, curation, and strategic development. He is on the Board of IACA and the Cathedral Quarter Trust.

Sorcha Wolsey, Beannchor

After graduating from Queens University with a degree in psychology Sorcha went to work as a bar tender in the newly opened Café Ceol in Bangor. From there she progressed through the company and currently holding the position of group operations manager and company secretary for Beannchor. Sorcha has held a number of board positions on industry bodies and charities. She is currently a trustee of the Cathedral Quarter Trust.

Lesley-Anne O’Donnell, Tourism NI

 

Our Staff

Susan Picken, Director and Company Secretary

Claire Hall, Culture Night, Events and Projects Manager

Claire Leonard, Programme Officer

Stephanie Garner, Administrator 

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