Galway International Arts Festival CEO John Crumlish Joins Galway 2020 Board

23 November 2017

Galway International Arts Festival CEO John Crumlish has been appointed to the board of Galway 2020.

Mr Crumlish was one of three new appointments to the Galway 2020 board that were made yesterday following a rigorous board selection process.

The three new appointees - Lisa Clancy, Leon Butler and Mr Crumlish - represent the cultural community and were selected based on their respective skill sets in order to add value and augment the existing board.

These latest appointments bring the number of directors to 15 and complete the board composition. The board will help to ensure the successful delivery of the European Capital of Culture for Galway in 2020.

Welcoming the new appointments, Aideen McGinley, Chair of the board, said: “These latest appointments bring a strong perspective from the cultural sector, which is an essential component of the board.

“We believe that we now have the best overall mix of skills and individuals to complement each other, and our board members bring an impressive range of skills and experience that will be invaluable in building a cohesive and effective board that will ensure the delivery of a successful Galway 2020 year.”

Hannah Kiely, Chief Executive of Galway 2020, welcomed the appointments, saying the organisation is delighted to now have the complete board in place.

“I look forward to working with them to deliver a European Capital of Culture in Galway in 2020 that everyone from the county, city and region will be proud of. I believe that the skill set, energy and passion that the board members bring will ensure this will be the case.”

Mr Crumlish is the CEO of the Galway International Arts Festival, a position he has held since 2002. He has been involved with the arts in Galway for almost three decades. A native of Carndonagh, Co Donegal, he holds a BA in Psychology, an MA and a MBS in Business Practice. He has been a member of the Arts Council, a member of the project board of The Gathering and the Chair of the Steering Committee that won the Galway European Capital of Culture bid. He was a Galway Person of the Year in 2013, was made an Honorary Fellow of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in 2016 for his vast contribution to arts and culture in the west, and received an Honorary Doctorate of the Arts from NUI Galway on Wednesday for his transformation of Galway International Arts Festival.

Lisa Clancy owns and runs her own Strategic and Communications Consultancy – Clansult Ltd. She was the GAA Director of Communications for over seven years before setting up her own business. Working with Irish, European and international companies at senior and grassroots levels, she also has experience dealing with a diverse group of internal stakeholders, including clubs, Irish diaspora, officials, athletes, councils, county boards and volunteers. She holds an MBA from Trinity College and has worked as Head of Corporate Communications in the HSE and currently sits on the Board of Paralympics Ireland.

Leon Butler has worked as a visual narrative designer, filmmaker, and educator in the media industry for over ten years. He has received awards from the Type Directors Club in New York for his work on Generative Typography, was listed as a one of the Future Makers for 2016 and in the Young Directors Awards 2017. He has completed residencies in SVA, New York, and at 72andSunny in Los Angeles. He was appointed as a Research Fellow at the NUI Galway for 2016-17 and in 2017 as Designer in Residence in Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is currently working as a Lecturer in Design and Professional Practice at Dublin Institute of Technology, as well as continuing to grow his own practice at Bold Visual Narrative.