The Galway 2020 team is responsible for delivering a European Capital of Culture that enables the creation of more vibrant cultural communities throughout Galway.
Chief Executive Officer
Marilyn Gaughan Reddan
Head of Programme
Our Head of Programme has been a key member of the arts community in Galway over the years, with extensive experience in arts management, production, curation and programming. Marilyn has also been part of the founding boards of many organisations in Galway.
Head of Production
Pearse, a native of Donegal, has been involved in the Galway arts community since 1988. A former member of the band ‘The Saw Doctors’, Pearse has worked with Macnas, Galway International Arts Festival and Electric Picnic. The list of famous names he’s worked with is too long to mention.
Before joining Galway 2020, Kate (also known as Catherine) was involved in a multitude of organisations including NCFA, Arts in Action NUI Galway and TULCA Festival of Visual Arts.
Liz has over 20 years’ experience as an arts and culture manager, currently working on Galway 2020’s Small Towns Big Ideas project. She has worked as an advisor and programme manager to The Arts Council, in addition to holding numerous consultancy roles with arts organisations. Liz has also been a local authority arts officer and has also held the position of CEO in a number of arts organisations. She is currently director of Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and has worked as lead programmer of both the national and local Bealtaine Festivals.
Craig is a proud Galwegian. Before joining Galway 2020, he was Associate Producer at the internationally-acclaimed Druid and previously worked with Macnas, Town Hall Theatre and St Patrick’s Festival Galway.
Digital Programme Manager
Denise is a creativity and tech enthusiast with more than a decade’s background in the multimedia industry and a jack of all trades when it comes to multimedia production and digital storytelling.
Videographer and Administration
Loyally documenting the Galway 2020 process since the beginning.
Programme and Production Assistant
Originally from Dublin, Emma has lived in Connemara for the past 4 years. With a background in Woven Textile Design, Emma has worked as a visual merchandiser and fashion retail manager. No stranger to the arts world, she was an artist liaison at Vantastival, and used to sing in bands.
Community Casting Coordinator
Husband, father, son, brother, proud Galwegian, avid rugby fan, and born in the wrong climate, Fintan is delighted to be promoting his home place to the world. Oh, and he loathes celery and cucumber.
Sarah’s background in media relations and issues management means she’s a match made in heaven with 2020. An award-winning PR consultant, Sarah’s experience spans retail, hospitality, health, property, environmental and education sectors.
Marketing and Communications Consultant
A Galway native, Jo is a former magazine producer, editor and writer who is passionate about telling the stories of her hometown's creative and cultural communities.
Sorcha Nic Aodha
Digital Communications Coordinator
Head of Tourism Engagement
Mostly found travelling the world, bringing people to this beautiful county, Bridgette is happiest in the great outdoors of the West of Ireland, practicing her cupla focail.
Marketing and Merchandise
Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin
Oifigeach Cumarsáide Gaeilge
Deputy Development Director
Corporate Development Manager
Development & Partnerships Manager
Development & Partnerships Manager
Head of Finance
Cepta is a Galway girl and a graduate of NUIG where she completed a Bachelor of Commerce. From here she headed east to Dublin where she earned her trade with PricewaterhouseCoopers becoming an Associate Chartered Accountant in 2004. While there is no accounting for culture, Cepta is planning on awakening her creative side as part of the 2020 team. She is looking forward to sharing the excitement with her three young boys and hopes that they will look back on 2020 as the year where unforgettable memories were made.
Head of Human Resources
Galway 2020’s human resources manager’s top tip for employees? “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything”. Wise words.
International Relations Manager
Matti works on all things European and further afield at Galway 2020 – such as hosting delegations, managing European relationships and speaking German, French, English and some basic Polish. Matti’s background is in coordinating EU funded projects in the cultural sector and creative industries.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Nollaig has 20 years’ experience in developing and managing community and social inclusion initiatives in Galway. He enjoys the challenges and rewards that working with communities brings and believes firmly that we should be continuously working towards creating a better society for all.
Volunteer Development Manager
Passionate about Galway and culture, Elena loves working with people and is looking forward to making some disruptive waves with volunteers from Galway communities.