Carolann Courtney

Arts & Health Consultant

Carolann is the coordinator for the Creative Places Tuam Pilot and Creative Places Network Service with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. She is responsible for programme delivery and network support within these strands of work. Carolann works on the ground in Tuam and engages directly with communities, artists and project stakeholders to successfully realise the programme’s aims to deliver ambitious, creative and meaningful opportunities for the people of Tuam to collaborate on socially engaged art projects that reflects what matters to them via a series of residencies, mentorships, professional development workshops and network development opportunities.

Carolann has worked as the arts, health and wellbeing specialist for Kildare County Council from 2013 – 2021. There, she progressed Kildare County Council’s specialist work in arts and health to support artists and both acute and community health care settings to create high quality arts practice in response to these contexts. She delivered this through funding opportunities, collaborative engagement with artists, ongoing professional development support, organisational mentorship and the development of local and national partnerships and collaborations.

Carolann holds a BA Fine Art from DIT and a Postgraduate HDip in Community, Arts, Education from NCAD.

David O’Connor (Chair) 

Business & Financial Advisor

David is an ACCA qualified accountant, qualifying in 2012. He studied business and marketing at ITT, while working in sales roles for both multinational and family run businesses. He then moved into a large multinational company to complete his accountancy exams and progressed on into the role of Chief Financial Officer.

David has spent over 10 years working in the wholesale and tech industries for companies from start-ups to global brands. He worked in various departments during this time, from Finance (Management Accounting) to Sales and Client Development.

From there he was involved in setting up a successful retail and wholesale business in the drinks and beverages industry and has recently completed a professional diploma in digital marketing. David is a co-founder of DB Performance, who offer business and financial strategy advice to small and medium sized businesses and this is where he now works full time.

Shaun Dunne

Independant Artist

Shaun Dunne is a film and theatre artist who merges testimony and documentary material with new writing. He is a trained journalist and drama facilitator — with elements of both heavily informing his practice.

Recent work includes Restoration (Project Arts Centre) and What Did I Miss? (The Ark). Other theatre credits for Talking Shop Ensemble include the multi-award winning Death of the Tradesmen, Advocacy, and Making A Mark.

Film work includes The First was a Boy, Iarscoláire and Dúirt Tú (You Said), all of which were awarded top prizes at premiere Irish Film festivals including Cork International Film Festival and Dublin International Film Festival. Shaun’s films have gone on to screen at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh and at Kerry International Film Festival.

In theatre, Shaun is currently working on new plays for The Ark, Rough Magic, and Dublin Theatre Festival. He has been the Engagement and Participation Artist at the Ark for the past five years where he works with a responsibility to the Children’s Council. In March 2022, Shaun presented his debut documentary feature at Dublin International Film Festival. Adapted from his theatre show Rapids, How to Tell a Secret was made in collaboration with Anna Rodgers and Invisible Thread Films.

Jeanine Scanlon

Social Care

Jeanine Scanlon has worked as a Social Care professional for over 15 years. She studied at Maynooth University and holds a BA in Community Development. She is passionate about inclusion, active citizenship and representation for people with disabilities both in the Arts and mainstream employment and currently works in a leadership capacity in a Supported Employment Service for people with intellectual disabilities.

Jeanine enjoys travelling and is always planning her next trip. Her guilty pleasure is reality TV, a passion she shares with many of our performers at Run of the Mill.

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