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Board Members

Dr Annie Doona

Chair

A graduate of the University of Sheffield, Annie completed achieved her Doctorate in Education in the School of Continuing Education at the University of Nottingham, where her research addressed lifelong learning policy in Ireland. In 2007, Annie became President of IADT (Institute of Art, Design & Technology) Dun Laoghaire in Dublin in 2011, having previously been Registrar for four years.

She has extensive experience in educational leadership, curriculum design and delivery, quality assurance, academic planning and student support. Her areas of expertise include educational leadership and management, lifelong learning, equal opportunities and diversity, and curriculum design. Annie has extensive experience in developing national strategies for Further and Higher Education in the UK and Ireland. She is a member of the Board at the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), a Board member of Institutes of Technology Ireland, and a Board Member and Associate Fellow of Gradcam (Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media).

Katie Holly

Katie Holly is Managing Director of Blinder Films where she has produced award-winning films which have screened at international festivals including Edinburgh, Seattle, Slamdance, Rotterdam, London, Toronto and SXSW. Her debut feature One Hundred Mornings received a Special Jury Award at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival, an IFTA for Best Cinematography and won the inaugural Workbook Project Discovery & Distribution Award. Feature credits include Sensation, which premiered at Toronto; Come on Eileen; and Citadel, which won the Midnighters Audience Award at SXSW, has gone on to win multiple awards and sold internationally.  

Katie recently completed The Perverts Guide to Ideology directed by Sophie Fiennes with the BFI, Film4 and IFB, and, as Executive Producer, JUMP, directed by Kieron J. Walsh.  Katie also produces The Savage Eye, which won the Celtic Media Award for Best Entertainment last year, has been twice-nominated for an IFTA and is now on its fourth series.  She is a graduate of EAVE, and is on the Board of the Dublin Dance Festival.

Larry Bass

Founder and CEO of ShinAwiL Productions. Former Executive Director, Screentime Pty. (Australia).

Mark Fenton

CEO and Founder Masf Consulting. Former Global HR Business Partner with AXA Group. Experience on Audit and Risk Committees, previously served as Executive Director and Company Secretary of corporate boards and not-for-profit institutions.

Rachel Lysaght

Founder and Lead Creative Producer for Underground Films. Chair of Women in Film and Television, Irish chapter.

Kate McColgan

Managing Director and Producer, Calico Pictures. Consultant for MPI Media. Previously held roles in Element Pictures, MTV Arabia, the Weinstein Company and Parallel Films.

Marian Quinn

Writer/Director and founder of Janey Pictures. Lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology and guest lecturer at NUIG and DIT. Chairperson, Equality and Action Committee, Writers Guild, Screen Directors Guild.

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