Solstice Arts Centre is committed to good governance and complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document.
Solstice Arts Centre keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements. Solstice Arts Centre is committed to complying with the guidelines given in the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities as outlined in the Arts Council’s document ‘Recommended Guidelines for Financial Reporting’ in 2016 in respect of accounts for 2015.
Solstice Arts Centre is registered with Revenue as a charity (CHY 17588) and with the Charities Regulator (Registered Charity Number: 20065775).
Jackie Maguire (Chairperson)
Jackie Maguire is Chief Executive of Meath County Council having been appointed Meath County Manager in June 2013.
Jackie commenced her Local Government career in 1981 with Meath County Council, being promoted to Head of Finance in 2000 and Director of Services in 2003. She served as County Manager for Leitrim County Council from 2006 to 2013.
She is a member of The Executive Committee of the City and County Management Association (CCMA) and represents the CCMA at national level on various committees progressing the implementation of the change management process in local government. Jackie is a serving Director on The Boards of the Housing Finance Agency (HFA); Music Generation and Local Government Management Agency (LGMA).
Jackie holds a Diploma in Financial Management and a Masters in Project Finance/Venture Management.
Cllr. Wayne Forde
Cllr. Wayne Forde was elected to MCC (Independent) in May 2014. As well as serving as a paramedic in the HSE National Ambulance Service for over 20 years, Cllr Forde is greatly involved in the local community. He also sits on the committees of Aura leisure link, Meath Heritage Forum, Environment and Emergency Services SPC, as well as Regional Health Forum Dublin North East and Ireland East Group
Gráinne Hope achieved her BA Music Degree at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama before travelling to study cello with Ann Martindale Williams at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh in the USA. Gráinne regularly performs with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Wexford Opera Festival Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. Gráinne has performed with Camerata Ireland on International tours to America, Finland, China and Russia, and is founding member of the chamber ensemble Musici Ireland. In 2016, Sony Classical released the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie ‘The Letters’ featuring Gráinne on solo cello. Gráinne is creator and artistic director of ‘Kids’ Classics’ which is a non-profit organisation that designs, manages and delivers professional music projects and programmes in healthcare settings around Ireland. As an education facilitator she works with the Education Community and Outreach programme of the National Concert Hall. She has facilitated workshops for The Ark, Music Network, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and Ardee Baroque Festival. She tutors strings in YOPs Youth Orchestras in Dublin and teaches strings to primary school students in Whitefriar Street Strings Project (Deis 1 School).
Arthur Lappin has for over 30 years been a leading film and theatre producer. He has been a producer on 16 feature films, several TV series and documentaries. He has produced over 20 stage productions in all major Dublin theatres and on tour in Ireland, the UK and Australia. His feature films, which include My Left Foot, The Field, In The Name of The Father and In America, were nominated for 16 Academy Awards and won 4 as well as many other international awards. He also works as a Consultant in the cultural sector - previous clients include The Arts Council and The Abbey Theatre and most recently he was Strategist and bid book Editor for Galway’s successful bid for European Capital of Culture 2020. His many voluntary board positions include Founding Chair of the National Training Committee for Film and TV (now Screen Training Ireland) and The Ark, as well as Chair of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. He is a native of Kells, Co. Meath with several business interests there.
Eamonn Maxwell, originally from Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, is the Director of Lismore Castle Arts. Since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, Maxwell has been involved in over 60 exhibitions in UK, Ireland and Europe, including curating the Irish Pavilion at 2011 Venice Biennale. Whilst he was Curator at University of the Arts, London he founded the unique Emerging Artists Programme which helped to give many new artists important exposure to their practice. Aside from working with many international artists, he has also advised some of the leading collectors of contemporary art and has expertise as a board member for not-for-profit organisations. Maxwell has a growing media profile and he continues to be a passionate advocate of emerging artists, especially those from Ireland.
Cllr. Suzanne Jamal
Cllr. Joe Reilly
Belinda Quirke - Company Secretary