Macnas' remit is to make brilliant new work of excellence, innovation and vision.
Our ambition is to deliver the highest quality work in large-scale theatre spectacle, and interactive outdoor and indoor performance, supported by strategic and effective corporate governance.
Mary Nash (Chair)
Sinead McPhillips is an experienced Arts Marketing and Communications Professional with over fifteen years’ experience working with some of Ireland’s flagship arts organisations including Landmark Productions, Galway International Arts Festival, Druid and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children. Her work focuses on devising innovative strategies in marketing and communications.
Sinead has extensive experience working in theatre, and with multi-disciplinary arts festivals. Sinead is also the Chair of Galway Dance Project.
Emma Hannon is a producer, programmer and cultural project manager with over 13 years’ experience delivering high quality, complex multidisciplinary artistic projects in Ireland and the UK. She has held key roles with some of the most noted cultural organisations in Ireland including Science Gallery, Dublin Fringe Festival and The Ark and worked with leading companies such as The Local Group and The Performance Corporation. Currently Head of Studios at Somerset House in London following her position as Director (maternity cover) and Studio Manager from the inception of Somerset House Studios in 2016, Emma joined the Macnas Board following her role as Executive Producer with the company from 2018-2019.
Dr Frank Sullivan
Professor Frank Sullivan MB, MRCPI, FFRRCSI, MSc is a Radiation Oncologist at the Galway Clinic. He also serves as Vice Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, NUI Galway; Visiting Professor of Radiation Oncology at Hofstra University, New York; He is the Founding Director of the Prostate Cancer Institute (PCI), a constituent research institute of NUI Galway. He is the Deputy Director, Galway Clinical Research Facility. He has been a Board Member of Macnas for the past 2 years.
Retired Civil Servant with over 42 years service. 20 years spent in the Department of the Taoiseach. During that time served as Private Secretary to three Taoisigh - Dr. Garret FitzGerald, Charles J. Haughey and Albert Reynolds. Appointed in 2000 as Chief Executive of Campus and Stadium Ireland Development Limited (CSID) and its successor the National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA). Promoted in 2007 to Assistant Secretary in the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism with responsibility for the Sports brief. Following a change of Government in 2011 continues with the same brief in the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport.
Michelle Ní Chróinín
Michelle Ní Chróinín is Director of Strategy and Planning in the Office of the Deputy President and Registrar, NUI Galway leading University-wide projects related to the delivery of its strategic academic mission. Prior to her appointment to this role, she previously held the position of Institutional Press & Information Officer at NUI Galway. Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in public administration, communications and in corporate governance. She was an elected member of Údarás na hOllscoile/Governing Authority from 2009 – 2013 and was a member of its Committee for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs. She is currently serving her second term on the Board of TG4 where she served as interim Chair to the Board in 2017. She previously served on its Audit and Finance Committee and is current Chair of its Brand and Marketing Committee. In 2018 she was invited onto the Board of Macnas and is a previous board member of Volunteer Galway. Michelle holds an MA in Business (IMI/UCC), MA in Media Studies (UL), HDip in Arts Administration (NUI Galway), HDip in Public Relations, HDip Applied Project Management (IPM/UCC), and BMus (UCC).
John O’Donnell, BL
John O’Donnell is a Barrister at Law practicing since 1982. He graduated from University College Dublin with a Degree in Law (BCL Honours) in 1978 and a BA Honours (Pure Economics Group IX) in 1981, and he graduated from The Kings Inns in 1982 when he was called to the Bar. He practices on the Western Circuit (Galway and Mayo), as well as in Dublin, and has done so since 1982. He served as Chairman of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board for 11 years and was on the Licensing Committee of the Football Association of Ireland for many years. He has been a Board Member of Macnas since February 2020.
Matthew Smyth is an Obie-award winning theatre producer and festival director from Ireland. Over the years he has worked with Ireland's leading theatre companies, such as ANU Productions, Collapsing Horse Theatre and Dead Centre, producing work in some of the biggest international festivals and theatres on the planet including Manchester International Festival, Brisbane Arts Festival, The Young Vic and the Schaubuhne in Berlin. He also curates and produces Ireland’s oldest and largest comedy festival The Kilkenny Cat Laughs. Matt is also the Chair of the board of Project Arts Centre - Ireland’s home for the contemporary arts. Matt is also a qualified career coach working with arts practitioners around Ireland and the UK
“A native of Achill, in County Mayo, Kenny is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Galway Chamber. Kenny has almost 20 years’ experience in the Retail Banking sector and, prior to his current role, served as Regional Engagement Manager for AIB in Galway, serving both city and county. He previously held a wide variety of roles within AIB serving the business and community sectors.
Kenny also has a strong background in Business and Community Development, Innovation and Tourism and has been a board member of a number of organisations in the community and tourism sectors in Mayo and Galway. He has led several business development delegations to the US, on behalf of the Achill local development organisation– Comhlacht Forbartha Áitiúil Acla – and worked collaboratively with a range of state and semi-state organisations on various initiatives for the island. He holds a Corporate MBA from University of Limerick, a range of qualifications from the Institute of Bankers and a Diploma in Marketing and Public Relations from the Irish Academy of Public Relations.”