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Board of Directors 

Jennifer Connolly - Chairperson (Appointed June 2019)

Jen started her career in the film industry in 2003 at The Farm post-production house, where she worked for 3 years. She then joined Windmill Lane, working first as a Senior Commercials and Long form producer for 6 years, and then running Windmill's Commercials Department for a further 6 years alongside Dave Quinn (CEO) and Ian Jacobs (Head of VFX). She joined Raygun Post Production in 2018 as Head of Commercials, Content and Features, where she is responsible for managing the VFX teams, Flame and Inhouse editors, and encouraging and developing creative talent within all Raygun departments. 

Edel Doherty (Appointed August 2018)

Edel is committee member with Sligo Film Society and has previously been involved in film curation in Cork and Leeds, where she co-founded Minicinė Community Cinema. Also heavily involved in music, she co-runs Art for Blind Records. Edel is a freelance graphic designer and lives in Sligo.


Laura Dunne (Appointed August 2018)


Robert Finn (Appointed February 2019)

Robert has project managed some of the most commercially successful cultural projects in recent times - Light House Cinema Smithfield, Pálás Cinema Galway - in tandem with successes in film and event distribution including THE GUARD , THE LOBSTER, THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE  and the more recently THE LONELY BATTLE OF THOMAS REID among others. Other projects outside film include founder director of Enterprise Ireland’s supported PAP IT PHOTO Ltd and SENTIO AR Ltd. He  also worked with Dublin City Council on their most recent successful application for Artist Workspaces in Dublin under the URDF Fund.


John Maguire (Appointed May 2016)

John is a film critic, journalist and broadcaster with more than 15 years experience writing and talking about film in Ireland. An astute and intuitive critic, for the last 8 years he has written a weekly film review column, feature interviews and film articles for The Sunday Business Post, Ireland’s premier business and politics newspaper. John started his career at Independent News & Media as film critic for the Irish Independent’s Day & Night magazine. For many years, he contributed a weekly film review to Ireland’s most popular breakfast radio show, Ian Dempsey on Today FM, among other long-standing national radio and television contributions. John was a founding member of the Dublin Film Critics Circle. Married with two young children, he lives in Dublin.


Alan Maher (Appointed February 2019)

Alan an Irish film Producer and Co-Managing Director of COWTOWN PICTURES. He has produced films including BEING AP, WE ARE MOVING: MEMORIES OF MISS MORIARTY and the IFTA-nominated SONG OF GRANITE. Prior to setting up his own company, Alan Maher was a Senior Executive/Executive Producer at Screen Ireland (formerly the Irish Film Board) for six years and was responsible for more than fifty feature films and documentaries.


Oisin O'Neill (Appointed February 2019)


Alex Rosiak (Appointed August 2018)

Alex is an arts manager and curator with over 12 years’ experience in arts organisations, festivals, community projects and arts publishing. She has been working as a cinema programmer and Box Office & Front Of House manager in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge since 2009 and as acting venue director from 2015 to 2018. As a cinema programmer Alex formed a strategic plan for cultural cinema development at Riverbank Arts Centre and delivered a high quality cinema programme increasing audience numbers and box office revenue. Alex is also an experienced arts educator and facilitator and a theatre director and producer. She studied English Literature, Cultural Studies and Arts Management in Poland and Community Arts and Conflict Resolution in Ireland. 


John Smith (Appointed June 2017)

John Smith works in the pharmaceutical sciences sector. He has been involved in the running of East Cork Cinema Club, a volunteer-run film society in Cobh, since 2009. East Cork Cinema Club has collaborated with a number of local arts organisations including Sirius Arts Centre, the Readers and Writers Festival and the First Cut Film Festival, as well as running a Documentary Film Festival in Cobh. John founded East Cork Cinema Club in 2009 with a friend and is also the current chairperson of Cobh Arts Festival.


Ken Wardrop (Vice Chairperson) (Appointed May 2016)

Ken is one of Ireland’s most recognised documentary voices, creating powerfully emotional pieces through his own unique style. Ken studied filmmaking at the National Film School, IADT. His work has won accolades from the European Academy Awards to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Some of his proudest achievements have been in his short form exploits most notably his Barnardos campaigns.