Damian Downes is the College Secretary and Registrar at the National College of Art and Design. Prior to that he was the Chief Executive at Kilkenny Arts Festival from 2007 to 2011. His other work in the arts includes Business Manager the Helix and Finance Manager at the Irish Film Institute. He has lived and worked in the United States, Switzerland, Germany and France. In 2012 he was a judge of the Irish Times Theatre Awards.
Damian has an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies from DCU (2001), an MBA from the Smurfit Business School at UCD (2005) and a post graduate diploma in corporate governance, also from UCD (2015).