We are governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a team of permanent staff. We also employ a temporary team just before and during Festival.
Board of Directors
Jackie is the Associate Dean Global Engagement at Ulster University Business School and Founding Chair of Belfast International Arts Festival
Jimmy is Executive Producer at Lyric Theatre, Belfast and is a founding Director of Belfast International Arts Festival.
Sandara Kelso-Robb MBETrustee
Sandara is an advisor to basis.point, Managing Director of Human-Kind Associates and is a founding Director of Belfast International Arts Festival.
Louise is Finance Manager at Strategic Investment Board Limited and has been a Director of Belfast International Arts Festival since 2016.
Kim is Senior Curator of Art, at the Ulster Museum, National Museums NI and has worked in partnership with Belfast International Arts Festival for many years. She joined the Board in 2021.
Sharon is Head of Communication and Outreach at NI Consumer Council and holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Communication, Advertising and Marketing. She joined the Board in 2021.
Richard WakelyArtistic Director & Chief Executive
Richard joined Belfast Festival at Queen’s in 2013 as Director and set up the new independent Festival in email@example.com 9033 2261
Naomi ConwayGeneral Manager
Naomi has been with Belfast International Arts Festival since firstname.lastname@example.org 9033 2261
Sarah KellyMarketing Manager
Sarah is responsible for marketing and email@example.comDirect Line: 028 9521 9741
Collette MackinDevelopment Manager
Collette is responsible for BIAF’s development strategy, public funding, and working with trusts and firstname.lastname@example.orgDirect Line: 028 9521 9742
Karin JeffreyFundraising Manager
Talk to Karin about sponsorship opportunities, CSR, or individual email@example.com 9033 2261
2021 Festival Team
Alan SimpsonLiterary Manager
Literary critic and writer Alan Simpson joins as Literary Manager.
Under the name John Self, Alan has written features, interviews and literary criticism for numerous publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Observer, The Irish Times, The Spectator and New Statesman.
Georgia SimpsonEvent Management & Operations Servicegeorgia@belfastinternationalartsfestival.comDirect Line: 028 9521 9744
Phil McCandlishTechnical Directorphilmcuk@me.com
Andrew MooreMarketing Officerandrew@belfastinternationalartsfestival.com
Box Office at Visit Belfast
You can book tickets online 24/7 or you can phone Box Office at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609, or pop in to 9 Donegall Square North, Belfast, BT1 5GB (opposite Belfast City Hall).
Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday 11:00am – firstname.lastname@example.org