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.

Maureen Bergin

Joined Board: 2019

Maureen is the Community & Business Relations Director at Kildare Village. Maureen has been with Kildare Village since its opening in 2006 and held the position of Retail Director, overseeing the day to day operations of 100 boutiques, until January 2017. Prior to joining Kildare Village, Maureen spent 10 years in Dunnes Store HO as part of the group buying teams. Maureen is currently President of the County Kildare Chamber of Commerce and an executive member of Kildare Town Chamber.


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.


Dr Brenda Donohue

Joined Board: 2022

Dr Brenda Donohue is a researcher in the areas of education and the arts. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2013 with a thesis on contemporary theatre in Ireland and Italy. In 2016/2017, she was a member of the #WakingTheFeminists movement, for whom she coordinated a large research project investigating gender balance in Irish theatre. She has had a life-long interest in the arts, and recently co-authored a research project, commissioned by the Irish Theatre Institute on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, called Speak Up, which examined experiences of bullying and harassment in the arts industries. She also acts as an advisory board member for the Sounding The Feminists' research project on gender balance in music composition. Brenda works in the field of Educational Research, where she is National Project Manager for the PISA assessments in Ireland, under the auspices of the OECD.


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.


Teresa Murray

Joined Board: 2017

Teresa was an Independent Councillor for Maynooth Municipal District on Kildare County Council from 2014-2019. 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.


Donnchadh O'Neill

Joined Board: 2021

Donnchadh O’Neill is Managing Director of Gibney Communications, one of Ireland’s leading corporate communications consultancies representing some of Ireland’s most high profile domestic and international businesses. He is a former producer with RTE Radio One covering many of the leading daytime current affairs and arts shows. He has also produced a number of radio documentaries on subjects including Patrick Kavanagh and The Sawdoctors. A native of Newbridge, Donnchadh began his career working with the Kildare Nationalist and subsequently as North Kildare reporter for the Leinster Leader. He was previously a Board member of Bedrock Productions, the founders of the Dublin Fringe Festival, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Irish music scene.


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.