A founder member of Mermaid, employed by Wicklow County Council as a Director of Services in Planning, and since 2001 has been Town/District Manager of Bray. He has primary/post graduate qualifications in civil engineering, planning and business administration, and prior to working in Wicklow County Council, worked in a Development Agency in Bangladesh for 5 years. Main arts interests are in cinema and theatre.
David Forde (Since September 2011)
David Forde has been part of the Wicklow County Council as District Administrator since June 2014. His previous roles include Financial Officer of Bray Town Council. He studied at DIT Marketing and Design College where he gained a passion for the arts.
Jenny Sherwin (Ex officio)
Jenny Sherwin is the Wicklow County Arts Officer. Wicklow County Arts Office was established as a core service of Wicklow Local Authorities in 1997, to stimulate arts practice in the county and to support artist development.
Much has been achieved in the county since the establishment of the Arts Office to reinforce locally the benefits and the merits of arts practice and participation.
Grainne McLoughlin (Since July 2014)
Gráinne Mc Loughlin is a Wicklow County Councillor and is delighted to be asked to join the board of the Mermaid. Originally from Bray, Gráinne has had a lifelong interest in the Arts and was director of the Greystones Arts Festival for 8 years.
Grainne was awarded an MA in Public Culture Studies and a Higher Diploma in Management Practice for the Arts. She is a member of Business2Arts and works as an Administration Manager in Dublin.
Mary Lord (Since January 2013)
Mary Lord is Senior Vice President Research and Development for Oriflame Cosmetics International. She is a strategic thinker and has created a culture of innovation which has delivered many new and innovative products across the categories of Skin Care, Colour Cosmetics and Hair & Body delivering real business value to the company.
Martin Davidson (Since January 2013)
Martin Davidson is a retired Construction Economist and has lived in Bray for thirty years.
He has a particular interest in theatre and classical music. He is currently a director of the Festival of Great Music in Irish Houses and has been a member of choral societies since 1969.
In the last ten years he has performed in one act plays in Bray and in many parts of Ireland. He is keen to see the Mermaid Arts Centre attract a wide audience and consolidate its status as one of the foremost centres for the arts in Ireland.
John Nolan (Since January 2013)
John Nolan, the previous President of Bray Chamber of Commerce for the past 6 years, is a proud Board Member of Mermaid Arts Centre stating that he is representing the business community and also the local community with his experience in his job at Greenstar.
John Ryan (Since July 2014)
Cllr. John Ryan was elected to Wicklow County Council in 2004 and served as Mayor of Bray in 2009/2010. Currently John is Leas Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council. A native of Bray John is married to Kelly with three children.
Steven Matthews is a Wicklow County Councillor, former Bray Town Councillor and is an electrician with Irish Rail.
Steven is a graduate of DIT Planning and Environmental Management, a member of An Taisce and Wicklow CoCo Planning Policy Committee.