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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 Millen

    Louise Johnston


    Louise is Finance Director at the Strategic Investment Board NI and has been a Trustee of Belfast International Arts Festival since 2016.

  • Fiona Kane

    Vice-Chair (Chair Designate)

    Fiona is Director of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at Ulster University.  She joined the Board in 2023

  • Sharon Doherty

    Sharon Doherty


    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 Mawhinney

    Kim Mawhinney


    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.

Permanent Staff

2023 Festival Team

  • Alan Simpson

    Alan Simpson

    Literary 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 McCandlish

    Technical Director
  • Andrew Moore

    Interim Marketing Manager
  • Becky Turnock

    Project Manager
  • Orry Robinson & Alana McPhillips (JComms)

    Press Team
  • 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).

    Opening hours:

    Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:30pm

    Sunday 11:00am – 4.00pm.