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Garter Lane Arts Centre is “On The Journey”





Garter Lane Arts Centre commits to complying with the Governance Code and the principles of good fundraising. 

The remuneration package of senior staff fall within these bands:

€10,000 – €19,999 : 1 Staff

€20,000 – €29,999 : 2 Staff

€30,000 – €39,999 : 1 Staff

€40,000 – €49,999 : 1 Staff



Garter Lane Arts Centre is currently updating its Constitution


  • Jim Nolan
  • Frieda Ryan
  • Dr Mark Rowe

Board Members

Mailo Power

Appointed: May 2017

Mailo graduated from the Waterford Institute of Technology in 2004 with a National Diploma in Art & Technology. Then in 2005 graduated with a B.A.(Hons.) Degree in Art and Society and was recipient of A.I.B. Student of the Year for Humanities that year.

In 2007 she graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with an M.A. in Fine Art.

Mailo is a practicing artist. In addition she has extensive experience in the Culture & Tourism sector representing the Industry both at home and abroad. Together with her husband Stan Power, Mailo jointly owned and managed the Athenaeum House Hotel, Waterford from 2003 to October 2018.

Mailo is a founding member of Winterval and served as Chairperson of the Winterval Hospitality Committee from 2012 – 2017. With visitor numbers reaching up to half a million annually during the festival, Winterval works to bring much needed business to Waterford.

Mailo has previously served as: Chairperson of the Inaugural OCS Irish Paralympic Awards, Alumni Board Member of Waterford Institute of Technology, former President of Renua Ireland, National Council Member of the Irish Hotels Federation & Irish Hotel Federation National Marketing Committee Chairperson.

Mailo represents Culture & Tourism Sector which supports an estimated 205,000 jobs in Ireland through hotels, food outlets and visitor centers. It is one of Ireland’s most important sectors and has significant potential to play a further role in Ireland’s economic renewal going forward.

Member of:    Waterford Chamber of Commerce


Maire Henry

Appointed: February 2013

Máire Henry is registered architect with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and director of dhbArchitects Ltd. Her practice has won national and international awards for its work including awards from the RIAI and the World Festival of Architecture. Máire’s most recent project has been the urban regeneration of Waterford City including the outdoor performance space in the Apple Market area which has just won the best tourism and hospitality building at the annual Institute of Construction awards 2018. She led the development of the first school of Architecture outside Dublin in Waterford Institute of Technology and became the first Head of Department of Architecture  in 2005. She is a past board member of the European Association of Architectural Education.

Prior to returning to Ireland in 1996 she worked in Paris for 10 years with the internationally renowned Renzo Piano Building Workshop – a past Pritzker recipient.  

Máire is very active at a community and civic level. She has chaired and been a board member of Waterford Festival of Architecture since 2005 and is a member of the Board of the Viking Triangle and Waterford Civic Trust.

She is a past jury member of  RIAI awards and the assessment panel for the Architecture Bursary with the Arts Council.   Máire is also a peer panellist with the Arts Council for the period 2018-2023.


Pádraig Ó Gríofa

Appointed: May 2017

Pádraig has a lifetime of Theatre activity from acting, through Producer , production manager, set builder , the whole gambit. He has been involved in the building, manufacturing and service industry for forty years, as a Company owner, financial Director, HR and sales, with a wide skillset available to the board.




Cllr. Seamus Ryan

Appointed: June 2019

Cllr. Seamus Ryan is the current Deputy Mayor of Waterford City and County and former Mayor of Waterford City. Seamus holds a BA in Public Administration and a BSc in Library and Information Science. He is currently a Librarian at Waterford Institute of Technology. A former Board member of the Imagine Arts Festival Seamus has a keen interest in all aspects of the arts. He is looking forward to working with the Board of Garter Lane Arts Centre.




Marc Ó Cathasaigh

Appointed: June 2019

Marc took a B.A. in English and Philosophy in University College, Cork before proceeding to a Masters Degree in Old and Middle English. He subsequently qualified as a primary school teacher at Coláiste Mhuire, Marino, where he received the Gradam an Choláiste award. He currently teaches in Glór na Mara NS in Tramore.

Marc was a member of Dramat while in UCC, and has been involved in theatre productions as an actor, producer, director and as a writer. He also has a deep-seated interest in classical music, and vocal performance in particular.

Marc was elected to Waterford Council in 2019 as the Green Party representative for Tramore and Waterford City West. He is a member of the Cultural Quarter Committee as well as the Waterford Heritage Forum.

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Michael Grant

Appointed: March 2016

Michael brings a wide range of experience to the Garter Lane board. His professional life was as a procurement director for Suir Engineering Ltd and is currently a cross cultural management lecturer at the International School of Business.

His connection to the Arts is as a director of many local amateur productions also a producer of radio documentaries and local theatre work.

Michael is also Chairman of Waterford Youth Arts and a member of the Waterford Cultural Quarter committee.


Michael Thompson

Appointed: March 2015