Vacancy | Galway 2020 Seeking Board Members

Deadline for applications: Thursday 13 April, 4pm

Since securing the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) in July 2016, the Galway 2020 team has been working hard to build the organisation and structures required to deliver this landmark project for the city and county. As outlined in the Galway 2020 Bid Book, a Company Limited by Guarantee (Galway Cultural Development and Activity CLG) has been incorporated with its clearly defined function being the delivery of the ECOC in Galway in 2020, as well as ensuring that a strong legacy follows from the designation. The Company has registered the trading name ‘Galway 2020’.

The company’s intention is to provide a governance and management structure that is an exemplar of best practice in corporate governance, not for profit, truly representative of wide interests, transparent, independent, effective, and accountable at every level.

One of the key initial tasks for the company is the establishment of the Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction and control of the company. It is responsible for the system of internal financial control and oversight responsibility for the activities of the organisation. The Board delegates to the management and sub-committees the responsibility for the implementation of these policies. Members of the Board will be expected to play key roles in relation to the direction, leadership and corporate governance of the organisation.

In order to ensure appropriate representation from among the cultural sector, which is absolutely fundamental to the successful delivery of Galway’s ECOC, it is intended to constitute a Cultural Forum, the membership of which will be wide-ranging and open, from which nominees to the Board may be made.

A maximum of seven Board vacancies currently exist, which will be filled using a skills-based approach. Board membership will be drawn from across the city, county and all Ireland, although a connection to Galway would be an advantage.

In addition, the company has today launched an Open Call to invite expressions of interest in Board membership from suitably qualified individuals. This Call seeks individuals with experience in one or more of the following areas, having regard also to gender, diversity, and age balance:

– Arts and Culture
– Finance / Audit and Governance
– Legal
– Broadcasting and digital media
– Business leadership
– Education and Youth
– Irish language
– Community engagement
– Tourism
– New technologies
– Philanthropy and fund raising
– Evaluation

Board appointments to date are as follows:

  • Catherine Cullen – Board Member (European)
  • Kevin Kelly Board – Member (Local Authority)
  • Claire McColgan – Board Member (European)
  • Aideen McGinley – Chairperson Designate
  • Declan McGonagle – Board Member (Minister’s Nominee)
  • Brendan McGrath – Board Member (Local Authority)

Full application details are available on

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