Board of Directors:

Paul Brolly (Chair), Promotions Manager for BBC Northern Ireland

David Croft (Treasurer), Business Bank Manager for Danska Bank

Joe McVey (Secretary), a founding partner of Blueprint Development, has worked extensively in regeneration and development, in local government and the private and community sectors.

Katey Dixon, Director in award-winning tech law firm FORDE CAMPBELL LLC

Tony Hill, Artist & former Director of the Master of Fine Art Course at University of Ulster

John FitzGerald, Dickson FitzGerald Architects, & Specialist Architectural Advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the built environment.


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Peter Richards, Gallery Director

Peter Richards, Gallery Director, has over twenty years’ experience in the arts, both as a curator and as an artist. He has led the Golden Thread Gallery since 2001 and is the current Chair of the Belfast Visual Arts Forum. Peter has initiated and realised projects across the North of Ireland, nationally and internationally.

Sarah McAvera, Deputy Director

Sarah McAvera, Deputy Director, has had over ten years’ experience in the arts facilitating, devising, curating, fundraising and managing projects. Her role includes fundraising, strategic development, management, stakeholder engagement and mentoring. She is a member of the Belfast Visual Arts Forum and the Audiences NI Visual Arts Project Team.

Catherine McLaughlin: Gallery Assistant

Catherine McLaughlin graduated in Fine Art from Northumbria. Her role includes marketing and social media as well as visitor experience and artist liaison. Catherine is a member of Queen Street Studios and has a history of events management and research and development.

Lesley Cherry: Programme Assistant
Mary Foster Stevens: Exhibitions Assistant
Chloe Morrisson: Project Assistant (Freelance)

Current Volunteer Team

Chloe Jamieson – Gallery Assistant

Victoria Dean – Weekend Front of House Volunteer

Sinead McKeever – Retail & Front of House Volunteer

Chris Downey – Retail Adivser