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Panarts Trustees


Chairperson- Professor Joseph Duffy

Lecturer in Social Work at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast. For over twenty years he has worked as a practitioner and manager in various social work and higher education settings. Joe has been associated with Panarts for many years and continues to help in the development of new cultural diversity projects. Each year Joe helps Panarts to source funding for programmes they develop. As a keen music fan Joe has helped build the Belfast Songwriters’ Festival into an international annual event. Each year Joe manages a number of the larger events and is actively involved with taking the main artists on cultural tours of the city.


Secretary- Ruth Dilly

Computing Officer with Queens University Belfast, Ruth has been part of Panarts for over twenty years. Throughout her time with the organisation Ruth has given her free time to ensure Panarts continues to grow. Her technical advice is central to the organisation maintaining good operating systems. At the annual Songwriters’ Festival Ruth helps with the programming of events and with the induction of new volunteers, as part of the volunteer sub-group, and manages concerts. She has participated in meetings with local agencies on funding and served on the organising committee and the Volunteers sub-group. 


Treasurer - Louise Gault 

A Drama and English graduate with a strong interest in the visual arts and performance.  Louise has worked for over twenty years with disadvantaged and disengaged young people with a responsibility for their holistic personal development. She also delivers a range of programmes including drama, life skills, personal and social development, diversity and cultural tolerance.  Louise has been a member of Panarts since its inception and has been actively involved in the induction, co-ordination and supervision of the Belfast-Nashville Festival volunteers, alongside the stage-managing and co-ordination of Festival events.


Vice-Chair -John Kelly

A Health and Safety Professional John holds the following qualifications: NEBOSH Qualified, Qualified Fire Officer, Certified Fire Risk Assessor. In positions he has held he has been responsible for department finances, managing budgets and purchasing equipment.

A keen music lover John has worked in locations throughout the world in diverse locations from South East Asia to the Middle East, North Africa and North America which gave him the unique opportunity to experience many different cultures and their music.

John has been closely involved with the management and coordination of  Panarts events including concerts and workshop since 2006. With his professional Health and Safety background John is part of the Panarts safety sub group which liaises closely with the volunteers and the safety representatives of the venues used by Panarts.


Dr Alan Grattan,

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Humanities and Social Sciences in Winchester University.  Alan attended the University of Ulster where he gained a BSc in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology. He also holds a Diploma in Youth and Community Work and an Advanced Diploma in Education from the same institution.

Before entering higher education, Dr Grattan was a community and youth worker in Belfast in both a voluntary and professional capacity. His work in segregated and divided communities during the Northern Ireland conflict stimulated his research interests in the area of criminology.

Alan has extensive experience he has been involved in a consultative capacity in many projects in Belfast, Zambia, Friesland and Croatia. He has worked on many of the Panart’s schools and community arts programmes. Over the years Alan has researched various avenues of funding for the Panart’s education programmes and has assisted with applications. He has a keen interest in music and helps find new songwriters to take part in the Songwriters’ Festival each year. Alan also helps with the cultural activities organised for the visiting songwriters at the festival each year.