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Board Members



Eileen Barber 

Chair - Eileen Barber

Eileen is currently a teacher and the Creative Arts Coordinator in Oakgrove Integrated Primary School, Londonderry. Having worked in this school for twenty years and has been the CA Coordinator for the last ten years. As CA Coordinator, Eileen is responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing schemes of work, extra curricular programs and special events/ projects/ functions.

Eileen studied Art and Design at college and has been involved in many musical productions in the past.  Currently a member of the Altnagelvin Hospital Choir and continues to be involved with productions/ concerts. Eileen has organised/ produced many shows/ events at school, most recently a “Multi-Cultural Night” at The Venue 2013, as part of the annual Integration Week celebrations. Eileen is also in charge of a Creative Arts budget and prepares budget requests and monitor expenditures during the school year.


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Vice Chair - Brenda Hume Stevenson

Brenda Hume Stevenson, a former Thornhill College pupil and Queen's University Belfast graduate, has been employed as a Speech and Language Therapy Instructor with the Western Trust for over 12 years and was the City's Mayor in 2014. Brenda is also the Chairperson of the Amelia Earhart Legacy Association.


Brendan Dowdell 

Treasurer - Brendan Dowdell

Brendan has just recently retired and was involved in banking since 1975, working in a number of different areas of AIB/FTB. A manager since 1993, managing different branches and departments specialising in business lending and development as well as managing large teams of people and looking after the various aspects of running a retail bank branch. Brendan was also responsible for the areas from Coleraine, through Derry to Strabane (4 branches). His main functions at work were business development (particularly business lending), operational management across the above area (with some responsibilities at a Northern Ireland network level), motivation, guidance and performance management of 40 management and staff.

Brendan has been as Associate member for 20 years of Greysteel Community Enterprises, an unlimited company community group which has developed the Vale Centre facilities (Sports Hall, playing fields, 3 G Pitch, Retail and Industrial (Units) at Greysteel. A member of the North West leadership team of Business in the Community and has recently taken up a position on the Northern Ireland 'Place Team' of Business in the Community, which primarily promotes good Corporate Social Responsibility focussing in on 3 key areas of regenerating deprived areas, young people and schools and social enterprise.

Brendan's qualifications include a Professional Banking Diploma, Level 5 NVQ in Operations and a MBA for Financial Specialists from Manchester University.


Martine Mulherne  

Martine Mulherne

Martine qualified as a science teacher in 1988 and took up her first teaching position in St. Mary’s College, Derry in September of that year. Having spent the next 24 years of her teaching career in St. Mary’s holding promoted posts of responsibility for: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Pastoral Head of Sixth Form, Head of Science, Director of Specialist Schools’ Programme and in the last 5 years held the post of Vice Principal. With a strong commitment to cross community work and, from 2007 until 2012, led the St. Mary’s Sharing Education Programme / Contested Space Programme – a curricular based cross community programme in partnership with Lisneal College.

In September 2012 Martine was appointed as Principal of St. Cecilia’s College, Derry. St. Cecilia’s was designated a Specialist School of Performing Arts in 2006 and continues to be recognised for excellence in this area. St Cecilia's is an active contributor to local and national developments within the area of Performing Arts and encourages young people to pursue this study beyond 16. It is currently the only school in the North West that offers dance as an option at both KS4 and post 16!


Margaret Keys 

Margaret Keys

From teaching primary school to performing for Pope Francis on the same bill as artists such as Andrea Bocelli and Aretha Franklin, Margaret Key’s musical journey has been nothing short of extraordinary.

Margaret is the first ever Irish female performer to enter the official classical charts and is in huge demand all over the world, but she has never forgotten her Derry roots.