Galway 2020 Makes Key Board Appointments


New chair of Galway 2020 to be appointed for the next stage of project delivery

The Chairperson of the board of Galway 2020, Aideen McGinley has notified the board of her intention to step aside as Chair.  Ms McGinley will remain in and committed to the position of Chair until a new appointment is made and following that, will continue to support the project as a strategic advisor to the board.

Having managed the establishment and overseen the implementation of important Governance structures and procedures, she now believes that as the project moves to a new delivery phase, a new chair with different skill sets would be best placed to take the project forward.

She remains completely committed to Galway 2020 and is heavily involved in the process to recruit a new chair to ensure the necessary handovers are undertaken and complete.

In reviewing  the needs of the organisation as it enters the next phase of delivery, the board has been augmented and refreshed with a range of additional skills and experience . The board is delighted to announce  three new appointments which will add to the breath of expertise ensuring the best possible structure is in place to support the delivery of the project.

Arthur Lappin, a leading film and theatre producer for over 30 years joins the board bringing specific industry expertise to the role.  Arthur played a key role in producing the bid book during the bid phase for Galway 2020 and has served on the boards of more than 30 cultural organisations in film, theatre, dance, opera, education and multi-disciplinary arts centres.

Finbarr Bradley, a fluent Irish speaker who is an author, co-author and former professor of finance at DCU, currently teaching at UCD Smurfit Business School also joins, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the board of Galway 2020.

Additionally, Ivonka Kwiek, an anthropologist and culture manager living and working in Galway, will also take up a position on the board of Galway 2020.  Her experience in the culture sector will be of significant benefit to the board of Galway 2020.

Aideen McGinley, outgoing Chair, Galway 2020: “ I was honoured  to have been asked to undertake the role of chairperson having advised on the successful bid process. I’m proud of the role I have played in the start-up phase of the project, putting the board, staff, systems and structures in place . As with all ambitious and creative projects it has not been without its challenges which the board and team have met with determination and dedication.  We have built up a superb expert team whose creativity, talent and passion for the project will be paramount to the successful delivery of a unprecedented year with cultural excellence at its core.”


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Negotiations are at a well advanced stage regarding Galway 2020’s cultural leadership vacancy and we look forward to being able to make a formal announcement in the very near future.

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