19 September 2007: Arts Council announces new senior management appointments

The Arts Council has announced three new appointments to its senior management team, strengthening the support and advice the senior executive can give the Council and the arts sector.

Joining Mary Cloake as Director of the Council, Ellen Pugh, Finance Director and John O’Kane, who heads up the Council’s work in Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera and Circus, will be: Aidan Burke, who will manage the administration of the Council’s business in the new role of Operations Director; Martin Drury, who will lead the Arts Council’s work in the areas of Festivals, Venues, Young people and Children, Artists and Local Arts Development; and Stephanie O’Callaghan, who will oversee the areas of Literature, Visual Arts, Architecture, Traditional Arts and Film.

Mary Cloake, Director of the Council, welcomed the appointment of her new senior team. "The arts has grown and developed and it needs to have the best managements and structures possible.  The Council needs a high quality management team to ensure the sector has the best advice, operations and support possible. The team will work to quickly advance the objectives of the Arts Council in an efficient, professional and effective way," Ms Cloake said.

Aidan Burke joins the Arts Council from Xilinx where he was part of the Irish start-up team. Aidan brings a wealth of experience in operational project management to the Arts Council.

Mary Cloake became Director of the Arts Council in 2004.

Martin Drury has worked in a wide variety of senior roles in the arts since 1979. He joins the Arts Council after a six year period as a freelance arts consultant and theatre director

Stephanie O’Callaghan has worked at the Arts Council since 1998. During this time she has worked across a range of artforms and practices in a number of roles, most recently as development Director.

John O’Kane joined the Arts Council in 2003 as Arts Programme Director. John worked for many years as a professional musician before becoming involved in arts management in 1998.

Ellen Pugh has been Head of Finance since 2001, and is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management accountants.

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Yelemba dance troupe from the Ivory Coast - Clonmel Junction Festival.

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