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
Louise is Finance Director at the Strategic Investment Board NI and has been a Trustee of Belfast International Arts Festival since 2016.
Fiona KaneVice-Chair (Chair Designate)
Fiona is Director of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at Ulster University. She joined the Board in 2023
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.
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.
Richard WakelyArtistic Director & Chief Executive
Richard joined Belfast Festival at Queen’s in 2013 as Director and set up the new independent Festival in firstname.lastname@example.org 9033 2261
Naomi ConwayGeneral Manager
Naomi has been with Belfast International Arts Festival since email@example.com 9033 2261
Karin JeffreyFundraising Manager
Talk to Karin about sponsorship opportunities, CSR, or individual firstname.lastname@example.org 9033 2261
Mags WhiteDevelopment Manager
Mags leads on public and statutory funding, trusts and foundations and stakeholder email@example.com 9521 9746
Greta KellyFestival Engagement OfficerGreta supports BIAF on audience communications and community engagement, including community ticketing, participation and firstname.lastname@example.org 9033 2261
2023 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.
Phil McCandlishTechnical Directorphilmcuk@me.com
Andrew MooreInterim Marketing Managerandrew@belfastinternationalartsfestival.com
Becky TurnockProject Manager
Orry Robinson & Alana McPhillips (JComms)Press Teamorry.email@example.com jcomms.co.uk/
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
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