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The three new appointees represent the Cultural community and were selected based on their respective skill sets in order to add value and augment the existing Board. These latest appointments bring the number of Directors to 15 and complete the Board composition. The Board will help to ensure the successful delivery of the European Capital of Culture for Galway in 2020. Welcoming Lisa, Leon and John to the Board Aideen McGinley, Chair of the Board, said “These latest appointments bring a strong perspective from the Cultural Sector which is an essential component of the Board. We believe that we now have the best overall mix of skills and individuals to complement each other, and our Board members bring an impressive range of skills and experience that will be invaluable in building a cohesive and effective board that will ensure the delivery of a successful Galway 2020 year.” Hannah Kiely, Chief Executive of Galway 2020 commented “I welcome Lisa, John and Leon to the Board and am delighted that we now have the complete Board in place. I look forward to working with them to deliver a European Capital of Culture in Galway in 2020 that everyone from the county, city and region will be proud of. I believe that the skill set, energy and passion that the Board members bring will ensure this will be the case.”
Lisa Clancy, owns and runs her own Strategic and Communications Consultancy – Clansult Ltd. Lisa was the GAA Director of Communications for over seven years before setting up her own business. Working with Irish, European and International companies at senior and grassroots levels, Lisa also has experience dealing with a diverse group of internal stakeholders including; clubs, Irish diaspora, officials, athletes, councils, county boards and volunteers. Holding an MBA from Trinity College Lisa has worked as Head of Corporate Communications in the HSE and currently sits on the Board of Paralympics Ireland.
John Crumlish is the CEO of the Galway International Arts Festival since 2002 and has been involved with the Arts in Galway for almost 3 decades. A native of Carndonagh, Co Donegal John holds a BA in Psychology, an MA and a MBS in Business Practice. John has been a member of the Arts Council, a member of the project board of The Gathering and the Chair of the Steering Committee that won the Galway European Capital of Culture Bid. John was a Galway Person of the Year in 2013 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute by GMIT in 2016.
Leon Butler has worked as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator in the media industry for over ten years. He has received awards from the Type Directors Club in New York for his work on Generative Typography, listed as a one of the Future Makers for 2016 and in the Young Directors Awards 2017. Leon’s has completed residencies in SVA, New York, and at 72andSunny in Los Angeles. Leon was appointed as a Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland – Galway for 2016-17 and in 2017 as Designer in Residence in Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Leon is currently working as a Lecturer in design and professional practice at Dublin Institute of Technology as well as continuing to grow his own practice at Bold Visual Narrative.
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