Governance Board and Team

(Company Chairperson) Sarah Moran Senior Planning Inspector, An Bord Pleanála
(Company Secretary) Dr. Niall Smith Head of Research, Cork Institute of Technology
Aideen Barry Artist
Cllr. Lorna Bogue Cork City Councillor
Ian Gregory Associate Partner EY
Cllr. Kieran McCarthy Cork City Councillor
Ailbhe Ni Bhriain Artist & Lecturer Crawford College of Art & Design
Marilyn Lennon Artist & Lecturer Limerick College of Art & Design

(see biographies below)

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Valerie Byrne: Director
Valerie Byrne has worked in a range of arts organisations spanning the past 20 years. She has been the Director of Cork Printmakers, one of Ireland’s leading Print Studios for the past 6 years where she initiated a series of national and international projects. Previously she has held positions such as Project Manager for visual arts projects, European Capital of Culture: Cork 2005. Valerie was the first appointed Arts Co-ordinator to St James’s Hospital, Dublin, where she established a comprehensive Arts Programme and prior to that Valerie was the Visual Arts Programmer for Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

David Dobz O’Brien: Programme Manager
David Dobz O’Brien is an artist and an independent curator, based in Cork. He is the founding member of interventionist art group Art / not art. He was the co-creator of Radio ON a fully licensed FM Bandwidth interventionist Radio station and in 2005 was a co-curator of Cork Caucus.

Elma O’Donovan: Administrator / Artists’ Liaison
Elma has worked at the National Sculpture Factory since 1993. She has an experienced background in administration and has a Diploma in Computer and Secretarial Studies. She has coordinated and managed a number of Percent for Art Schemes for both the private and public sectors and in her role liaises with the NSF Board, artists and external agencies. Elma is also Artists’ Liaison.

Dominic Fee: Acting Technical Manager
Dominic Fee a visual artist and educator based in Ireland, whose artworks comprise printmaking, mixed-media sculpture, moving image and site-specific installation, with a particular emphasis on collaborative projects.

He holds an MA in Digital Arts & Humanities from University College Cork, and an MA in Art & Process from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. He has previously worked as a technical manager in Cork Printmakers fine art printmaking workshop and the Cork Film Centre Gallery, Ballincollig.

Within printmaking Dominic has an extensive history of professional mentoring and editioning of prints for publication in all major disciplines. These include lithography, screen printing, relief processes, etching (traditional and photographic) and digital techniques.

As an educator he has substantial experience working as a part-time lecturer up to graduate level in several art colleges including Crawford College of Art and Design and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He has designed and delivered many art courses in further education and at secondary level.

His work is held in collections including those of the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Leinster House and the National Gallery of Ireland.

John Booth: Technical Assistant
John majored in sculpture at Palomar College, California. Since then John has worked in various trades, carpentry, engineering and electrics, giving him the wide range of technical knowledge he has today. He has worked with several artists helping them realise their projects and installations.

Séamus English: Book-keeping
Séamus has many years’ business and financial accounting experience, acquired within the multinational and SME environments. These include Pfizer, Logitech and Sisks amongst others.
Having worked in Europe for a number of years as Finance Manager & Project Manager(for an ERP implementation), he is reasonably fluent in French and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Dutch. He holds a B. Comm degree and is a qualified CPA accountant.
In recent years, he has been working as a business owner, providing outsourced accounting services to a number of clients.

Membership Coordinator: Stephanie Power
Arts Administration, digital marketing, in-house design
Stephanie has a background in both fine art and graphic design. As a resident artist in Camden Palace Hotel she began volunteering in the office; helping organize exhibitions and run events in the building over the course of five years.
She joined Cork Community Art Link in 2018 as an administrator, assisting with a variety of events including The Dragon of Shandon Parade, the St Patrick’s Day Parade, Sea Change Participatory Arts Conference and the Rebel Streets Urban Art Festival. While in charge of digital marketing for CCAL she was responsible for developing and growing the centre’s online presence. Stephanie has worked at a number of conventions and festivals around the country – she is currently Art Director for NUIG’s Itzacon Gaming Convention, and PA to the Fastnet Film Festival’s Technical Director.

Technical Assistant: Sean McGuill
Sean McGuill is a visual artist who mainly works with printmaking and mixed media processes. He graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design in 2018. After graduating, he completed a three-month residency at An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk. He has experience working as an art gallery intern in Berlin, where he was responsible for assisting the exhibiting artists, invigilation and helping to install work. He also has experience organising student exhibitions while in college as part of the collective ‘Be Sound’, and has facilitated various workshops. Sean’s work has been featured in group shows across Ireland and internationally, and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2017

Gráinne Creed: CE Scheme Supervisor for CAST (Based in Cork Civic Trust House)
Gráinne took up the post of CE Scheme Supervisor in 1997.  Gráinne comes from a business and enterprise background.  In her role she liaises with various arts organisations in Cork City such as the Everyman Palace Theatre Co and Cork Film Centre. She advocates for the progression of artists into full time employment.

Biographies of NSF Board Members

Company Chairperson

Sarah Moran BA MRUP MIPI– Biography:
Elected 2014 to date

Sarah Moran graduated from University College Cork in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts and qualified as a town planner at University College Dublin in 2000. She has worked for An Bord Pleanála since 2006 and is now a Senior Planning Inspector. Prior to her time at the Board, she worked as a planner with Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Dublin City Council. Sarah is secretary of the Cork branch of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI). She also works with the IPI National Council to forward the Institute’s mission to advance planning by serving, improving and promoting the planning profession for the benefit of the community and the common good. Sarah is also chairperson of the NSF.

Company Secretary

Dr. Niall Smith– Biography:
Elected 2015 to date

Niall Smith has a lifelong interest in understanding the universe we live in. He received a PhD in astrophysics from UCD in 1990 and along with others established the science and visitor centre at Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork in 2007 in a partnership between Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Cork City Council. The centre celebrates the full spectrum of human inquiry from the perspectives of science, art, humanities and performance, and is made possible by the innovation, creativity and hard work of a small and highly dedicated team. Niall is also the Head of Research at CIT, a job which affords him the opportunity to work across discipline boundaries.

Aideen Barry – Biography:
Elected 2012 to date

Aideen Barry (ARHA) is a visual artist based in Ireland but with an international profile. She is a multidisciplinary artist who’s means of expression are interchangeable and who often collaborates with
practitioners of other art-forms. Her works are in collections at: Trinity College Dublin, Art OMI New York, The Banff Center Canada, CAC Malaga, La Garrotxa Museum Catalunya, UCC and The Glucksman Collection
as well as The Arts Council Collection. Selected projects include: Mothers Tankstation, IMMA, Matucana 100 (Chile) RHA ( Brittlefield), CAC (ESP), Louise T. Blouin (UK),The Loop Biennale (ESP), The Drawing Room London (UK), Skaftfell (ISL), The Wexner Centre (US), Moderne Mussett (SE), Banff Centre (CA), Headlands Centre for the Arts (US), Aesthetica Film Festival (UK), Liste Art Fair & BAC Geneva (CH), Elephant West, Frieze Art Fair (UK) Oaxaca Film Fest (MX), Katzen Center, NYU & The Film-Makers Co-op (US).From 2010- 2020 Barry Lectured at Limerick School of Art & Design LIT, in 2019 she was the Myron Marty Fellow at Drake University Iowa,

Lectured at University of Edinburgh, other fellowships in 2019 include, VCU Richmond Virginia, NYU, NYU DC, George Washington University,

Universidad de Santiago de Chile in 2018 and in 2020 was a part of the Anderson Lectureship at Penn State University.

Barry is a member of Aosdána.

Ian Gregory – Biography:
Elected November 2020 to date

Ian is an Associate Partner with the professional services firm, EY, and is part of the Assurance team in the EY Cork office.  He is a qualified accountant and is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland with over twenty years’ experience working with EY, with a number of years spent in Dublin.  With a finance and business background, he works with a wide portfolio of both global and local clients, across a variety of industry sectors.  He is based and living in Cork.

Ailbhe Ni Bhriain – Biography:
Elected November 2020 to date

Ailbhe is an artist working with film and installation. She received her MA from the Royal College of Art in London and was awarded a PhD by practice from Kingston University, UK. Her work has shown widely internationally, with exhibitions at RHA, Dublin; Broad Museum, Michigan; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Paris Photo; and Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid among others. Ní Bhriain is represented by Domobaal Gallery, London. Public collections of her work include Trinity College, Dublin, OPW, and The Arts Council of Ireland. Originally from Co. Clare, she is now based in Cork.

Cllr. Kieran McCarthy – Biography:
Elected 2009 to date

For twenty years, Kieran McCarthy has actively promoted Cork’s heritage and its various communities and people. He has led and continues to lead successful heritage initiatives through his community talks, City and County school heritage programmes, walking tours, newspaper articles, books and his work through his heritage consultancy business. For the past 14 years. Kieran has written a local heritage column in the Cork Independent on the history, geography and the intersection of modern day life in communities in Cork City and County. He is the author of thirteen books; Pathways Through Time, Historical Walking Trails of Cork City (2001), Cork: A Pictorial Journey (co-written 2001), Discover Cork (2003), A Dream Unfolding, Portrait of St Patrick’s Hospital (2004), Voices of Cork: The Knitting Map Speaks (2005), In the Steps of St Finbarre, Voices and Memories of the Lee Valley (2006), Generations: Memories of the Lee Hydroelectric Scheme (co-edited, 2008), Inheritance, Heritage and Memory in the Lee Valley, Co. Cork (2010), Royal Cork Institution, Pioneer of Education (2010), Munster Agricultural Society, The Story of the Cork Showgrounds (2010), Cork City Through Time (co-written, 2012), Journeys of Faith, Our Lady of Lourdes Church Ballinlough, Celebrating 75 Years (2013), and West Cork Through Time (co-written, 2013). In June 2009, Kieran was elected as a local government councillor (Independent) to Cork City Council. More on Kieran’s work can be seen at and

Cllr. Lorna Bogue – Biography:
Elected 2019 to date

Lorna Bogue is a Cork City Councillor for the Cork City South East ward and co-chair of the Just Transition Greens. Originally from Limerick, Lorna holds a bachelors degree in Irish, Music and Dance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance music and a Masters in Economic Analysis from the University of Limerick. Lorna’s primary interests lie in Community Wealth-building, Just Transition approaches to Climate Crisis, Eco-Feminism, and the Urban Commons.

Marilyn Lennon – Biography:
Elected January 2021 to date

Marilyn Lennon is a visual artist and lecturer. Over the last decade she has worked predominantly through durational social art practice while also developing and co-directing a masters in social art practice (MA SPACE) at Limerick School of Art and Design. She has a PhD from the University of Limerick, more recently in 2021 she completed a continuing professional development course, Commissioning and Curating Contemporary Public Art by Valand Academy at University of Gothenburg. She is a founding member of CONJUNCTION – a globally dispersed collective of 25 mid-career and established curators, artists, designers, educators, and public arts practitioners.

Her art practice is particularly focussed on the social production of space as resistance and the co-creative development of new territorialities. Long-term art projects include; current in Cork city, PLoT: Peoples Land Trust and the Institute of Dwelling. WayMarkers, a long term project which she began in the years just before the UK Brexit vote, engaged in the collaborative mapping of hikers routes that criss-crossed the IRL/UK border on the island of Ireland. The SpiritStore Art Cafe, a Limerick city centre social space, created during the Irish economic crash which hosted over seventy programmed events giving access to the site as a stage for co-production, discussion, performativity, social gathering and exchange.  Recent awards include; Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Participation Project Award funding (2021) Art in Context Research and Development Award, Cork City Council (2020) Artist in the Community Research and Development Award, Arts Council of Ireland (2020) Arts Council of Ireland’ ‘Artist in the Community Scheme Research and Development Award’ (2018) More information at;