We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

Galway Community Circus Constitution

We are committed to comply with the charity SORP and the principles of good fundraising.

Senior staff salaries are as follows:
Band: €40,000-€50,000 Number of employees: 1
Band: €30,000-€40,000 Number of employees: 2

The organisation keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. We comply with the Arts Council’s recommended guidelines for financial reporting. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with the most recent statements available here:

Board of Directors

Reg Gordon - Appointed 2015 - Chairperson
John Jordan - Appointed 2018 - Treasurer
Niall Doyle - Appointed 2018 - Director
Maeve Mulrennan - Appointed 2019 – Director
Ian R. Walsh - Appointed in 2020 - Director
Darragh O’Donohoe - Appointed in 2020 - Director
Ailbhe Slevin - Appointed in 2020 - Director

Reg Gordon (Chair)
Appointed to the Board in 2015 - Reg works as a developer for a leading eCommerce platform. Prior to this he was a professional photographer for 15 years. He has been a member of the board for four years and has been the Chair for the last 12 months. He was brought to the circus by his three kids who have all spent large parts of their childhood climbing, jumping, spinning and laughing in GCC.

John Jordan (Treasurer)

Appointed to the Board in 2018 - John has over 40 years’ experience as an accounting professional with responsibility at senior management positions in both indigenous enterprises and multinational companies. With a core background in management accounting and budgeting, he has been a member of executive management teams and worked as both director and company secretary in a number of Irish and UK enterprises. Recognised for technical acumen in improving financial processes and controls, John can bring this experience to assist the Galway Community Circus to meet the challenges ahead. He has been a mentor for new businesses, set business set-ups on a voluntary basis and is involved in managing and coaching juvenile hurling and football teams in the local community.

Niall Doyle
Appointed to the board in 2018 - Niall is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds an MBA from NUI Galway. He is an experienced business and finance professional with over 25 years work experience in senior roles with leading multinational companies within the pharmaceutical, software and telecommunication industries in Ireland, UK and Germany.

Maeve Mulrennan

Appointed to the board in 2019 - Maeve Mulrennan is a curator and writer based in Galway. She is the Head of Visual Art + Education in Galway Arts Centre, where she has worked since 2006. She is also working with EVA International and Dublin City Council Culture Company this year. She is the co-curator of the youth programme for Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Maeve was previously on the Board of Directors of TULCA Festival of Visual Art, where she was also Chairperson. Maeve is a short story writer, with fiction published in several online journals, The Doire Press 2013 Anthology, The Honest Ulsterman, for whom she also interviews writers, and The Galway Review. Maeve won the 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition. She holds an MA in Visual Arts Practices (Curating) from IADT Dun Laoghaire, h.Dip in Arts Administration from NUI Galway, BA (hons) in Fine Art (Painting) from Limerick School of Art and Design and a BA(hons) in English Literature from NUI Galway.

Ian R. Walsh
Appointed to the Board in 2020 - Ian is a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway.He was awarded a PhD from University College Dublin in 2010. He has a Certificate in Directing Theatre from NUI Maynooth and has worked as a freelance director of both theatre and opera. He has published widely on Irish theatre and has been invited to give talks in Germany, Brazil and the United States. His books include Experimental Irish Theatre, After W.B Yeats (2012 Palgrave); The Theatre of Enda Walsh co-edited with Mary Caulfield; Cultural Convergence: The Dublin Gate Theatre 1928-1960 co-edited with Ondrej Pilny and Ruud van den Beuken (Palgrave 2020) and Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance 1957-2017 co-written with Charlotte McIvor (Forthcoming Palgrave 2021). He has worked as a Theatre Reviewer for Irish Theatre Magazine and was the General Manager of that publication in 2008. He has also worked as a theatre reviewer and researcher for RTE Radio 1's The Arts Show and Arena. He is the lead academic representative for NUI Galway partnering with Galway Community Circus on the funded projects, Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance (Creative Europe) and Circus ++ ( Erasmus +).

Darragh O’Donohoe
Appointed to the Board in 2020 - Darragh is a full time student at NUI Galway studying psychology. He has been a youth member of Galway Community Circus for nine years and has participated in the circus on all levels. He has been as a student, volunteer, teacher and has served as a member of the organisational team behind Scratch Night (among other more specific roles). He is in his first year of membership with the Board of a three-year term.

Ailbhe Slevin
Appointed to the Board in 2020 - A native of Dublin, Ailbhe moved to Galway in 2004 and now lives in the Claddagh with her husband Christian and their children Cóilín and Fia, who are both members of Galway Community Circus. She has a BA in English and Irish (UCD), an MA in Drama (UCD) and an MA in Writing (NUIG), and is a qualified primary school teacher. She works as a fulltime writer and script editor. She is very involved in amateur drama and musical theatre and performs regularly with several Galway based groups. This is her first year on the Board of Directors of Galway Community Circus, and she is delighted to be part of the team.

Please direct queries about Galway Community Circus policies and procedures to Fiona Hession, General Manager, and Ulla Hokkanen, Executive Creative Director, via info@galwaycircus.com or 085 1117224.

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