The Model is committed to the governance and transparency requirements as outlined by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Our transparency scale is derived from The Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations ( which is a code of practice, agreed in 2012, for good governance in the not-for-profit sector.

All Community, Voluntary and Charitable (CVC) Organisations have a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice to demonstrate the way in which their organisations are run. It is the responsibility of the Board or Management to make sure this happens.

We are currently registered as on the 'adoption journey' ( towards full compliance with the Irish Governance code. We are working with our Board of Directors to develop our strategies in-line with these principles and to identify any gaps and needs in this area.

To read a copy of our audited accounts for 2018 click here

Board of Directors

Dr. Bláithín Gallagher (Chairperson)
Cllr. Sinéad Maguire
Cllr. Michael Clarke

Cllr. Marie Casserly
Cllr. Tom Fox
Mr. Damien Tansey
Mr. Bartley Gavin
Mr. Donal Tinney
Ms. Ana Leddy
Mr. Ronnie Hughes
Dr. Olivia Smith
Mr. Joe Gannon

Company Secretary / Financial Officer:
Mr. Noel McCrumlish

Dr. Bláithín Gallagher (Chairperson)

Dr. Bláithín Gallagher is a passionately motivated social scientist with a strong interest in equality, ageing, disability and gender. She has many years’ experience in research and management, both in the academic and not for profit sector, and has been the recipient of a number of prestigious, highly sought after fellowships (HRB & Marie Curie).

Dr. Gallagher has a strong track record in managing successful projects, from sourcing funding to delivery; and has experience of both strategic planning and implementation on a national and international level. Dr. Gallagher has keen interest in contemporary visual art, film, photography, creative writing and music. She has been editor of the Leitrim Guardian journal since 2010, an annual snapshot of life and culture in County Leitrim, first published in 1968.

Bláithín was appointed to The Model Board in 2016.

Cllr. Sinéad Maguire

Sinéad is a local solicitor and councillor, since being elected in 2014 she has chaired the LCDC, ICBAN and Strategic Policy Committees and served on many boards including Sligo Jazz, Sligo Music Academy, Sligo Airport, The Hawkswell theatre.

Sinéad was appointed to The Model Board in 2019.

Cllr. Michael Clarke

Michael is an independent councillor in the Ballymote-Tubbercurry Electoral Area.
Michael  was appointed to The Model Board in 2019.

Cllr. Marie Casserly

Former Mayor of Sligo, Independent Councillor, Guidance Counsellor. Elected as a Sligo county councillor on her first attempt in 2014, she is an Irish teacher by profession. She also has diploma in guidance counselling and is the guidance counsellor in her school. Marie is passionate about Sligo and the North West.

Marie was appointed to The Model Board in 2019.

Cllr. Tom Fox

Tom Fox is a Fine Gael councillor in the Sligo Drumcliff Electoral Area.

Tom  was appointed to The Model Board in 2019.

Ms. Ana Leddy

A former Head of RTÉ Radio 1 - Ireland's national public service broadcaster, former Managing Editor of BBC Radio Foyle and Producer for BBC Radio 4 - and currently a producer with RTÉ Radio 1. Ana appointment to The Model Board was in 2017.

Ana was appointed to The Model Board in 2017.

Mr. Bartley Gavin

Bartley is a civil engineer and a graduate of NUIG. He has worked in the construction sector and in a number of local authorities. He is currently Director of Services in Sligo County Council. Bartley was the Chairperson of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann hosted in Sligo in 2014 and 2015. He has a keen interest in community development and is active in a voluntary capacity in a number of local organisations. He lives in Sligo town with his wife and three children.

Bartley was appointed to The Model Board in 2014.

Mr. Donal Tinney

Donal is Sligo County Librarian and Curator of Sligo County Museum. He is leading Sligo’s celebration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising as part of his work as Chair of the 1916 Centenary Programme.

Donal was appointed to The Model Board in 2000.

Mr. Damien Tansey

Damien is a solicitor with a national reputation. He founded the firm Damien Tansey & Associates in 1980. He specialises in litigation in all its forms, and has been involved in many landmark court decisions over more than 35 years of practice.

Damien was appointed to The Model Board in 2014.

Mr. Ronnie Hughes

Born in Belfast in 1965, though now a long term resident in Sligo, Ronnie Hughes studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast, receiving an MA in Fine Art in 1989. Hughes has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Ireland (Butler Gallery, Context, Fenderesky Gallery, Goethe Institute, Hugh Lane Golden Bough, Limerick City Gallery, Millennium Court, The Model, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Sirius Arts Centre) and has participated in many group exhibitions worldwide.

Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Supernumerary’ at Fenderesky gallery Belfast and ‘Zygotic Tendencies’ presented at Chicago Art Fair, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (both projects supported by a Culture Ireland bursary) and Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.

Hughes’ work is held in many public and corporate collections, including both Irish Arts Councils and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Ronnie was appointed to The Model Board in 2017.

Dr. Olivia Smith

Dr. Olivia Smith is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and University College Cork.  She lectured law at universities in Ireland and the UK for many years.  She is the publisher and co-editor of Winter Papers, an annual anthology for the arts.

Olivia was appointed to The Model Board in 2017.

Mr. Joe Gannon


• Chairman / Senior partner Gilroy Gannon, Chartered Accountants, Sligo.
• Founding partner Gilroy Gannon 1971 (Current 5 partners; 50+ Employees).
• Fellow Chartered Accountants Ireland.
• Member Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners.
• Personal Insolvency Diploma 2015.
• President - The Institute of Chartered Accountants 1994-1995.
• President - Sligo Chamber of Commerce 1985-1987.
• Past President and Captain of The Co Sligo Golf Club, Rosses Point.
• Honorary Vice Consul of the Netherlands 1985 – 2011.


• Chairman - Internal Audit North Western Health Board.
• Chairman - Electronic Group--factories in Donegal / Germany / Poland
• Director - Manufacturing Group -- engineering and moulding.
• Director - Enterprise Equity – a venture capital company.
• Director – Local retail company.
• Director - The Model Arts and Niland Gallery.
• Director – Financial services company.


• Insolvency practitioner with experiences in all types of liquidations and receiverships embracing a wide range of industries and businesses mainly located in the west and north west.
• Corporate financial advisor to more than 40 Public Private Partnerships ("PPPs") tender process on behalf of Government and Local Authorities.
• Responsible individual and independent auditor to large and small companies.
• Appointee to NAMA panel to review business plans / act as interim chairperson / available for insolvency appointments.
• Corporate advisor to several client companies.
• Member of several significant interview panels including NUIG and IT Sligo.


• Corporate Finance.
• Insolvency and Restructuring.
• Financial Reporting.
• Audit and Compliance.


• All sports.
• Active – golf, walking and swimming.
• Music

Joe was appointed to The Model Board in 2018.

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