The Ark Announces a New Chair

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Lavery as Chair of The Ark.

Brian succeeds Catherine Byrne who is stepping down after eight years on the board. The Ark would like to thank Catherine for her dedication, leadership and expertise during her time as Chair.

“This is an incredibly exciting time in The Ark’s development,” Brian said. “We recently came of age, celebrating The Ark’s 21st birthday in 2016, with the launch of a robust multi-year strategy laying out our future path. Our Director, Aideen, is backed by a phenomenal team working to provide the best cultural experiences possible for Irish children. I’m grateful to have a strong board to help guide the organisation through its next phase, and for the support that we’re receiving from government and the public in our mission. The country is beginning to appreciate the role of children in Irish society, and of the fundamental importance that arts and culture have for children’s development.”

Brian has served on The Ark’s board for the last six years. His two daughters, now nine and 11 years old, have been attending performances and workshops at The Ark since they were old enough to do so.

Originally from the USA, Brian is the European Managing Director of AccuWeather, the weather forecasting and digital media company. He previously worked in marketing and commercial management at Twitter and Vodafone, and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. He spent the early part of his career as a journalist, including six years as the Ireland reporter for The New York Times and a theatre critic for the Irish Independent and Irish Theatre Magazine. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York, a BA in English Literature from Yale University, and a professional certification in corporate governance from University College Dublin and the Institute of Public Administration.

Catherine Byrne said "As I step down as Chair of The Ark I would like to wish my successor Brian Lavery every success in the role. It has been a great privilege to serve on the board and to lead the organisation as Chair for the last 3 years through a period of great artistic creativity and development. I want to thank everyone I had the pleasure to know and work with in The Ark, Board members, Aideen Howard and all the staff, our many stakeholders and above all the people for whom The Ark was created, the children who make the task of working in this great organisation a joy and a pleasure."