Board

Riverbank Arts Centre has a voluntary board of management that oversee the governance of the company in accordance with the law and best practice for non-profit organisations. Current board members are listed below.

Paul Davis - Chairman

Joined Board: 2014

Paul Davis is founder of Davis Events Agency, an award winning company that manages cultural and arts festivals and events as well as brand marketing campaigns.


Lucina Russell

Joined Board: 2009

Lucina Russell was appointed as Arts Officer for Kildare County Council in 2000. She established a number of long-term arts initiatives including a dedicated Arts and Health programme and Laban-based dance training courses and summer schools. In 2014, she produced ‘All About EVA’, a feature film involving local writers, cast and crew. It premiered in JDIFF 2015. She supports professional development opportunities and mentoring for artists across art form and is committed to collaborative practice. Lucina was Chairperson of the Association of Local Authority Arts Officers from 2009-2012. She sits on the board of Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge and is a member of the advisory group for www.artsineducation.ie A graduate of Textile Design, Lucina has a Masters Degree in Art and Design Education from NCAD and received the Irish Times award for Outstanding Achievement on the Post Graduate Dip in Art and Design Education from LIT.



Thomas Hunter McGowan

Joined Board: 2009

Thomas joined InterTradeIreland in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and is based at the InterTradeIreland offices in Newry. InterTradeIreland works with local businesses to help them maximise opportunities across the island and through its activities improve competitiveness, generate economic growth and create sustainable, quality jobs in both jurisdictions through increased levels of North/South trade and co-operation on innovation and business development opportunities. Prior to this appointment he worked for a short period in local government but is best known for successfully running Swansea Cork Ferries Ltd as Managing Director for eighteen years. Swansea Cork Ferries Ltd . carried over 3 million passengers, employed 200 people directly and supported 600 jobs in the South West Region equivalent to an annual support of €35 million to the region. He was a board member of the Cork Chamber of Commerce and served for two terms on the board of Chambers Ireland. He was also a board member on a number of public, private and voluntary bodies in Ireland. He is a director of the Riverbank Arts Centre Ltd, a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for British-Irish Studies, a member of the North South CEO Pensions Committee, and a forum member of the ESRI. Thomas is an Honours Commerce graduate of University College Dublin and holds a Masters of Commerce from University College Cork. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.



Eddie Prendergast

Joined Board: 2009

Eddie Prendergast is a retired public servant with a background in human resource development, training and community development having worked for 37 years with the national training agency FAS. During the 1980’s he coordinated the development of “Youth Skills” the agency’s programme for addressing high youth unemployment particularly among early school leavers, which was at the time was among the highest in the EU. This programme became the template for Youthreach which was jointly developed and delivered by FAS and the department of Education. He managed community based training initiatives in Kildare and represented the agency on the Co. Development Board, the board of the Leader Company Kelt, was chairperson of Action South Kildare, and the South Kildare Rural Transport Company. In his earlier years he played guitar with a number of showbands, most notably the “Breakaways” and “Ripcords”. He is an active member of Naas Golf Club and currently serves as club Secretary.


Mona Considine

Joined Board: 2009

Mona Considine is General Manager at Backstage Theatre. Located just outside Longford town, the theatre comprises a 212 seater auditorium, studio space and gallery and presents a diverse programme of touring professional theatre, dance, and music.


Teresa Murray

Joined Board: 2017

Teresa is an Independent Councillor for Maynooth Municipal District on Kildare County Council since 2014. She lives in Maynooth. Teresa is Deputy Principal of Scoil na Mainistreach Celbridge. She has worked with many community based groups at local, county and national level. She is a past member of the Governing Authority of Maynooth University and was Vice President of the ETB National Parents Association.