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Chair: David Webster


David grew up in Tallaght and was educated at Old Bawn Community School, after completing his Leaving Cert went to study Hospitality Management.

David is General Manager of Powerscourt Hotel. David was appointed to this role following the property going into receivership and departing from a Management Agreement with Ritz Carlton. David built a team and created the brand “Powerscourt Hotel”. Within two years the hotel went from making substantial losses to being recognised as AA Hotel of the Year and generating significant profits and returns for the owners. Prior to Powerscourt Hotel, David led the team which transformed Carton House into one of Ireland’s Leading Luxury resorts with operating financial performances that are sought after by many industry competitors.

Prior to Carton House David has managed a variety of hotels from leading European resorts such as The Belfry to strong Internationally Branded city centre properties along with a number of corporate positions with Hilton & Marriott. Such experience gives David the perspective and experience to grow profits whilst creating long-term sustainable performance and value.

David Webster’s dynamic presence, decision making abilities, analytical and creative thinking have established him as an inspiring and trusted leader in the Hospitality Industry. This combined with great people skills and instinctive strategic vision helps him produce outstanding sustainable results in a confident team-spirited environment.

Avril Bailey

a.baileyAvril Bailey, who held the role of Education and Training Manager with An Cosán for the last 10 years has recently resigned her position to return to college full time and take her career in a new direction.

Previous positions include Head of Development for Age Action Ireland and Education and Training Manager in Merchants Quay Ireland. She has worked with the National Adult Literacy Agency in the coordination of and lecturing on a range of third level programmes in partnership with N.U.I. Maynooth and Waterford Institute of Technology.

She has over 25 years’ experience of working in the community and voluntary sector in a variety of roles and holds a Master’s in Education, Training and Development from University of Sheffield.


Angela Black

a.blackAngela Black is the Chief Executive of the Citizens Information Board, the national agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy on social services, and for the provision of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service. Angela joined the Citizens Information Board following a career spanning the public and civil service.  Her most recent posting was Principal Officer in Banking Policy dealing with mortgage lending and mortgage arrears in the Department of Finance.  Her experience includes a four-year term working in the European Commission on consumer protection in retail financial services in the wake of the financial crisis. She was involved as Ireland’s representative in negotiating several EU financial services instruments such as E-Money and Consumer Credit. She chaired the European Parliament Trilogue negotiations during the Irish Presidency in 2013, achieving EU Council agreement on the new EU Mortgage Credit Directive.

As a former resident of Tallaght and employee of the public library service, Angela has an association with the Tallaght area and joined the Board of TCA in 2013 in order to support the community she lived and worked in for many years.


Deirdre Cleary

d.clearyDeirdre Cleary is Manager of Dominic’s Community Centre, Avonbeg Garden, Tallaght. She began her career in Tallaght in the Dublin West Education Centre and joined the Community Centre in August 2009.

Her first involvement with TCA worked was on the collaboration on two pieces of art for presentation to Present Mary McAleese on the occasion of her visit to the Centre in February 2012

Since then we have worked on a number of initiatives with TCA initiatives including the Box Stories, The Haunted, Unwrapped and the Trash Catchers Project.


Paul Kelly

p.kellyPaul Kelly is originally from Fettercairn in Tallaght, and has been a Tallaght Community Arts Board member since 2010, serving as the Treasurer since 2012.

Paul saw the work that TCA was doing at a local level with young people in Tallaght, which prompted his involvement with TCA.

Paul has worked in the financial planning sector for over 10 years, and recently helped set up a new venture ClearChoice™, which is a software for the financial industry.


Madeleine Millar

m.millarMadeleine Millar is a native of Tallaght having been born and reared in Tallaght where she continues to live with her young family.

Madeleine qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and worked in a small solicitors practice in Inchicore, Dublin before progressing to work in the Corporate Legal Advi­sory Services Department of KPMG, Dublin.

She then moved to the Employment Law Department of William Fry Solicitors Dublin as an

Associate Solicitor where she worked for four years before she opened her own practice on Main Street, Tallaght village in 2006 where she offers advices to clients, both individuals and small to medium sized companies on all aspects of law.

Helen Taylor

Helen-Taylor-IMAGEI qualified as a Physical Education and English teacher in 1988 and started teaching in Jobstown Community College in 1994. I taught there until 2006 when I was appointed Deputy Principal in Assumption Secondary School in Walkinstown. In 2009 I returned to Jobstown as Principal to what is now known as Mount Seskin Community College.

As Principal I have a strong belief in the intrinsic value of the arts in education. I also believe that my position as Principal gives me an authority and a responsibility to both recognise and challenge the barriers to real engagement with the arts. Equality of access to and participation in the arts both within the school curriculum and beyond are fundamental principles that I support.

Tallaght Community Arts is a tangible embodiment of how to translate that aspiration into reality.

When not wearing my Principal’s hat, I love to read fiction, go running and passionately follow the Leinster rugby team.

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