Roisin McDonough has been Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland since October 2000. She has worked in central and local Government as well as in the community and voluntary sector throughout her career.

Prior to her current appointment, she worked in the field of regeneration and she was a board member of the UK Creative & Cultural Skills Sector Council for 11 years. She is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors.

During her time in the Arts Council, Roisin has created many successful partnerships with other Government organisations such as; partnering with the Public Health Agency to establish the innovative Arts & Older People Programme and she instigated the Building Peace Through The Arts Programme in response to the legacy of the troubles in Northern Ireland. During her tenure, she was responsible for a major capital building programme in Belfast and Derry. There is now an arts venue within 20 miles of every citizen in Northern Ireland.

Roisin is a passionate advocate for the role the arts play in bringing communities together as well as their inherent value to us as individuals.

She is also a member of the organising committee of the British Irish Association established to promote understanding and harmony between the peoples of our islands.