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Dublin Theatre Festival Council

Terence O’Rourke

Declan Collier
Eithne Harley
Brid Horan
Garry Hynes
Pauline McLynn
Pat Moylan
David Nolan
Gavin Quinn

Dublin Theatre Festival is governed by a voluntary board of Directors, the Council of Dublin Theatre Festival. See list of Directors’ biographies below. Dublin Theatre Festival is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code. The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document, available here .

Dublin Theatre Festival keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with most recent statements (2015) available here .The Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for profit entities as developed in the UK in 2005 (SORP) is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland. We have been working with our auditor towards compliance with SORP in 2015 financial statements and beyond.

Dublin Theatre Festival is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards the primary activity of organising and promoting an annual festival of theatre events. Dublin Theatre Festival is currently working to confirm compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR).

Council Biographies

Terence O'Rourke, appointed 2011 Terence O'Rourke  (appointed 2011, elected Chairman 2016)
Terence was appointed Chairman of Enterprise Ireland in August 2013 and was previously Managing Partner of KPMG Ireland. He is a director of Hibernia REIT plc and of Irish Times Ltd. Terence joined KPMG Ireland in 1975, became an audit partner in 1988 and was elected Managing Partner in 2006. He was a member of KPMG’s Global Board, Global Executive Team and EMA Board, from 2007 to 2013. Terence is a Fellow, and was President (2004/2005) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He is currently Chairman of Enactus Ireland, a member of the Council of the Irish Management Institute, the Governing Authority of Dublin City University. He also sits on the boards of The Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and the Institute of International and European Affairs. He chaired the 2014 Strategic Review Group for the Arts Council. Terence graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Economics and History.

Declan Collier, appointed 2008, elected Chairman 2011

Declan Collier (appointed 2008)
Declan Collier joined London City Airport as Chief Executive Officer in March 2012. Prior to his appointment, he had been Chief Executive of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Chairman of Aer Rianta International (ARI) since April 2005. During this time he oversaw the successful delivery of a US$1.5 billion capital investment programme to modernise the aviation gateways to Ireland, a successful expansion of the DAA’s international airports business and growth in the financial performance of the group. Prior to joining the DAA, Declan worked with ExxonMobil, where he held a number of senior management and executive positions. He is the Immediate Past President of Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, the representative body for European airports and incoming President of the World Board of the ACI. He also serves on the Board of the Airport Operators’ Association (AOA) UK, the representative body of UK airports. He is a Non-Executive Director of Allied Irish Banks Group UK Ltd (AIB).


Eithne Harley

Eithne Harley  (appointed 2013)
Eithne is Director of Marketing for Accenture in Ireland the global technology and consulting company. Before joining Accenture Eithne held senior marketing positions at Mason Hayes & Curran and Willis. She holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School in UCD and a degree in Marketing from DIT. Eithne is passionate about Open Innovation and digital technology. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Digital Youth Council, was awarded Top Role Model 2014: Connector by Silicon Republic and was a judge in the 2015 An Post Smart Marketing Awards and the All Ireland Marketing Awards. Eithne plays a key role in delivering Accenture’s research Powering Economic Growth - attracting more young women into STEM. She chairs the Advisory Council to An Cosán’s Young Women in IT programme. Eithne loves theatre and enjoys playing traditional music. She chaired the 2013 Allianz Business to Arts Judging Committee.


Brid Horan

Brid Horan  (appointed 2015)
Brid is a Non-executive Director of FBD Holdings plc and a member of DCU Governing Authority and of the Council of the Irish Management Institute. Until late 2014, Brid was Deputy Chief Executive of ESB and previously headed KPMG Pension and Actuarial Consulting. She served on the Board of the IDA (1996 – 2006) and as a Commissioner of the National Pensions Reserve Fund (2001 – 2009). Brid is a Director of Chamber Choir Ireland and was a member of the 2014 Strategic Review Group for the Arts Council. She is a member of the 30% Club Ireland Steering Committee and in 2014 was appointed by the Minister for Education to the expert group to examine funding options for Higher Education. Brid is an Actuary, a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Pension Management and a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.


Garry Hynes

Garry Hynes  (appointed 2003, previous term 1991 - 1994)
Garry Hynes co-founded Druid, with Marie Mullen and Mick Lally, upon leaving NUI Galway in 1975, and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre. Garry has also worked with the Abbey and Gate theatres and internationally with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Court, UK, and with Second Stage, Signature Theater and Manhattan Theater Club in New York; with The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C and with the Spoleto Festival, US. She has won a number of awards, including Best Director at the UK Theatre Awards (2012), a Joe A.Callaway Award (New York) for Outstanding Directing (2009), The Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Director and a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre (2005), and a Tony Award for Direction (1998).


Pauline McLynn

Pauline McLynn  (appointed 2011)
Pauline McLynn is an actor and writer. She has worked with many of the major Irish theatre companies over the last three decades. Her recent theatre work includes Happy Days at the Crucible in Sheffield, The Knight of the Burning Pestle at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe in London and a major UK tour of East Is East for ATG in 2015. She has written 10 bestselling novels and her play Angels was performed at the National Theatre, London, in 2014. Her TV work includes Father Ted, Shameless, Jam and Jerusalem, Bremner, Bird and Fortune and Eastenders in which she takes the recurring role of Yvonne Cotton. 


Pat Moylan

Pat Moylan  (appointed 2016)
Moylan is a Dublin-based Theatre Producer with a remarkable record of achievement over two decades nationally and internationally. Her work has received critical acclaim in Ireland and throughout the world including in London's West End and on Broadway. Awards for her productions include and Oliver and two Tony nominations. She produced the multi-award winning short film  The Breakfast  and feature film  Borstal Boy.  As Artistic Director of Andrews Lane Theatre in Dublin for 18 years she created a vibrant arts venue; welcoming diverse audiences, successfully nurturing new writing and fostering the development of new talent in acting, directing and design. Pat was nominated for an Irish Times award for her contribution to theatre and was named  Arts Person of the Year  in her home county of Laois. She was appointed to the Arts Council in December 2008 where she served as Chairman until December 2013.


David Nolan, appointed 2015

David Nolan (appointed 2015)
David was educated by the Jesuits at Gonzaga College, Dublin. In 1981 he completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UCD and then attended TCD, where he completed a Diploma in Anglo Irish Literature. He has the near unique distinction of having been an active member of both Dramsoc and Players. He was called to The Bar in 1985 and took Silk in 2003. He was elected to The Bar Council in 2005 and has served as Chairman of many committees and was elected Vice Chairman in 2009 and Honorary Secretary in 2010. He was elected Chairman of The Bar Council of Ireland in 2012/2013. In November of 2013 he was called to The Bar of England and Wales and in December of 2013 was elected a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Kings Inns. He is married, has three children and lives in Dublin.

Gavin Quinn, appointed 2008

Gavin Quinn  (appointed 2011)
G avin Quinn is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. He is, with Aedín Cosgrove, co-founder and joint artistic director of Pan Pan Theatre. He has directed all Pan Pan Theatre productions along with a number of operas for Opera Theatre Company and Opera Ireland. Quinn and Pan Pan regularly bring shows to  world renowned  venues and festivals such as Edinburgh International Festival, BAM, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, PICA, Beijing Pioneer Theatre and PS122. Recent productions include  The Rehearsal Playing the Dane  (Winner of Best Production and Best Set Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011),  All That Fall  (Winner of Best Sound Design and Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012) and  Embers  (Winner of Best Set Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013). In 2015 Gavin made his directing debut at the Abbey Theatre with  A Midsummer’s Night Dream . Gavin is also a board member of Irish Theatre Institute.

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