Our Board is made up of Seacourt members and volunteers who want to play a role in Seacourt’s growth and development.

Dr Ken Sterrett – Chairperson

Dr Ken Sterrett has been a lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at Queen’s University Belfast since 1994. He is a co -founding member of City Reparo, a multidisciplinary consultancy focused on city transformations in the built environment. He is an active member of the Save the Cathedral Quarter Campaign advocating for sympathetic regeneration. Recently retired he is reconnecting with creativity through course and choir membership and taking a lead role in the creative regeneration of Bangor in his role as Chair of Seacourt.

Johanna Leech – Vice Chairperson

Johanna Leech is a practicing artist, a studio member at Flax and archivist at Catalyst Arts. She works as the Programme Manager at Strand Arts Centre. She recently had a major exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre and has showcased work in many contemporary spaces. She has an interest in audience development and takes a lead on promotion and communication.

Elizabeth Donaldson – Company Secretary

Elisabeth Donaldson is an Artist Member of SPW. She works as a Community Development Officer with Belfast City Council and brings many years’ experience of using the arts in community settings. She is trained in suicide prevention and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. She is currently studying for a Masters in Arts Management at Queen’s University Belfast and is completing her professional placement at Seacourt.

John Keenan – Hon Treasurer

John Keenan is a practicing solicitor and a recent graduate of Arts and Businesses’ Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme. He is also a visual artist and is skilling up towards membership at Seacourt. John also volunteers in the mental health sector and has an interest in using the arts to improve well-being.

Margaret Arthur

Margaret Arthur is a prolific printmaker and co-founded SPW in 1981. She is a member of the Royal Ulster Academy, becoming an associate in 2002 and has served on the RUA Council for two terms. She is a trained teacher and with her friend Jean Duncan she had the vision for a printmaking resource in Bangor.

Sharyn McMaster

Sharyn McMaster works for Ards and North Down Borough Council as an Economic Development Officer working with small businesses including the agri-food and craft sector. She has held several arts management roles with organisations including Audiences NI and Craft NI. She lives in Bangor and first came toSeacourt as an A Level student and joined the Board to play a role in sustaining the charity.

Joanne Fitzpatrick

Joanne Fitzpatrick is a practicing artist specialising in Printmaking, Painting and Photography. She completed a PGCE in Art and Design at John Moore’s University in Liverpool and is currently Head of Art and Digital Arts at Hazelwood Integrated College. She is also a moderator for the CCEA. Joanne has an interest in engaging members and will take a lead on this.

Ryan Young

Ryan Young is an Art Director and Designer who has recently been appointed Creative Director of advertising agency ASG & Partners. He brings expertise understanding clients needs, challenges and opportunities and devising creative responses to resolve these. He is keen to help SPW strengthen and grow our brand proposition. Ryan is also an arts enthusiast with a particular love of screen-printing and letterpress.

Marianne Kennerley

Marianne Kennerly is an artist and entrepreneur based in Bangor. She is one of the founders of BOOM Studios and has experience of business start-up, operations & development and income generation with limited reliance on traditional grant funding. She is currently studying on the CLORE Leadership Programme and she brings her learning to projects which have a positive local impact.

Laura Armstrong

Laura Armstrong is a Corporate Account Manager with Gallagher Insurance Brokers. She has worked in the insurance industry for 15 years dealing with a wide range of clients across many Industry types. Her expertise includes compliance, relationship management and safety. She has just completed Arts and Businesses’ Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme and has an interest in health and well-being and creativity for children and young people.


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