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Katrina Newell, Head of Arts & Youth Development katrina.newell@ashtoncentre.com

Katrina has worked in New Lodge Arts since the project began over 12 years ago.  'I am extremely proud of New Lodge Arts, the staff team and the young people involved.  In April 2012 my post changes to include Youth Development.  My role is a combined one that includes strategic management of New Lodge Arts and Centre Manager of New Lodge Youth Centre.  Although the job can be very demanding, I love the work I do.' 

Anne Delaney, Arts Programme & Operations Manager anne.delaney@ashtoncentre.com

Anne has worked with New Lodge Arts since August 2012.  ' I am responsible for managing staff and artists, securing funding, overseeing finance and managing the delivery of a diverse programme of arts based projects and events primarily for young peopel across north Belfast.  We are continually expanding our projects and I love to see the organisation grow and develop.  A huge strength is our committed staff team who give over their roles to make the organisation the success it is today.  We all love working with young people and seeing the postive impact of our projects makes it all worthwhile!'

Cecilia Heron, Good Relations Art Worker cecilia.heron@ashtoncentre.com

Cecilia started working for New Lodge Arts in 2003 doing administration and finance.  'Since then, my role has grown as the organisation has developed.  I am now responsible for the development and delivery of the Community Pride programme across north Belfast. This involves community events like the North Belfast Lantern Parade & Magical Festival and the Winter Fest programme whihc includes our very own Christmas Pantomime.  The main focus is on good relations, shared space and our young people.  We also work in partnership with other organisations to deliver additional activities and opportunities for local young people through our taster programme.  I really love the people I work with and its very rewarding working with young people and seeing them gain confidence, new skills and make new friendships.'

Orla Hawkins, Youth Arts Worker orla.hawkins@ashtoncentre.com

'My role involves working directly with young people from across north Belfast, a few evenings each week.  The programmes include OCN Level 2 Leadership in Youth Work and OCN Level 2 Event Management.  I also lead the New Lodge Arts Youth Advisory Group made up of young people who advise and support New Lodge Arts in decision making and the direction the organisation takes.   I have also recently started co-ordinating the Inner North Youth Platform which includes young people from across Inner North Belfast who represent the views of young people from all communities and cultures.  The group will deliver a youth conference each year and are involved in developing their leadership skills.   

Joanne Smyth, Youth Support Worker joanne.smyth@ashtoncentre.com

'My role in New Lodge Arts is to develop arts within the organisation and implement new creative projects within North Belfast. I assist artists during our annual programme of activities, deliver new arts based workshops to children in local schools and  groups, I am also exploring opportunities to work with other community groups and supporting our youth worker with youth development projects. My aim is to develop the artist in residence scheme and to overall enhance the future artistic direction of the organisation.’

Joanne McGurk, Financial Administrator joanne.mcgurk@ashtoncentre.com

I have recently joined the team within New Lodge Arts as their Finance Administrator I bring with me a wealth of experience having worked the last 16years within the community and voluntary sector.  My role is to provide financial management and to maintain the high standard of financial practice that is in place.  I am looking forward to building a working relationship with the team and the community and believe that I will enjoy my time here.

Marie-Therese Coogan, Project Administrator marietherese.larkin@ashtoncentre.com

'I began working for New Ldoge Arts in 2011 providing clerical and administrative support to all members of staff in the office.  I ensure that office procedures and policies are in place.  I also have responsibility for specfic tasks within the office such as Salesforce, ISO procedures, banking and payments.  New Lodge Arts is a fantastic organisation to work for, they are family friendly and focused on doing good work in the community.  I love working here.' 



Contact Details

New Lodge Arts
Ashton Centre
5 Churchill Street
Belfast, BT15 2BP
028 9074 2255

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