Meet the Interns 2013/2014

Meet the Interns 2013 / 2014


Elizabeth Day is an Applied Drama graduate of University of South Wales.  Before embarking on her degree, Elizabeth worked as an actor. She also has experience of working in retail and administrative positions, including a role at the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre which required good presentation and customer service skills. Elizabeth was originally placed into Welsh National Opera’s Development Department where she focussed on Trusts & Foundations. She is currently placed with Sinfonia Cymru, assisting the team with all aspects of fund-raising. Elizabeth is working with employment lawyer and sole trader Alison Love to build her skills in networking and negotiation as well as to increase her confidence in approaching people.  Elizabeth said: “The further into the internship I progress, the more amazed I am at the opportunities that are being offered to me. It’s more than just a placement, more than just mentoring and more than just training – it’s a full scale assault on personal development, business skills and relationship building. I really couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to kick start a career in arts fundraising.”

Jennifer Kirkham is a textiles graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University.  With voluntary and paid work experience at Made in Roath and Milkwood Gallery, Jennifer was delighted to be placed into Chapter Arts Centre.  As part of a small development team, Jennifer will have a taste of all fundraising areas but will specifically work on increasing donations from individuals, managing relationships with existing sponsors and help to create a new offer for businesses. She has been matched with Legal & General’s CSR Manager, Lynne Sheehy who will provide mentoring and guidance in areas such as networking and sales as well as giving Jennifer a vital introduction into how business operates.  Jennifer said: “This internship is such an amazing opportunity for new graduates I’m thrilled (and very lucky) to be a part of such a fantastic scheme.”


Johanna Shepherd is a Fine Art graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University.  She has a strong administrative background, including experience of working as an Executive Assistant to a CEO and most recently in the University’s accommodation office. Johanna has been placed into the development department of Wales Millennium Centre, where she will be focussing on helping to raise money for a variety of Creative Learning and community outreach projects.  The Centre intends to give Johanna an introduction to all types of private sector fundraising and then allow her to focus on whichever aspect or aspects that most appeal.  She has been matched with Management Consultant Gwenda Williams, a passionate advocate of the development of individual and organisation potential.  Gwenda will be working with Johanna on personal impact, understanding business and networking.  Johanna said:
“I am so grateful for this opportunity. It’s an incredible privilege to be learning so much from people who are passionate about what they do and are leading experts in their fields. I’ve been made to feel a real part of the Development team at Wales Millennium Centre from the start, and I am keen to really make an impact in return for all that the Centre, Arts & Business Cymru, and the funders of the programme have invested in me.”

Lauren Webb is a Fine Art graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University.  Having held various voluntary and paid customer service roles, Lauren most recently worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Welsh Proms.  She has been placed into the Development Department of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where she will have the opportunity to work on individual giving and business sponsorship.  Lauren has been matched with the Wales Director of the IOD, Robert Lloyd Griffiths, who will work with her on honing her influencing skills, pitching to business and networking.  She said:
“Two weeks into my new role and A&B Cymru, and RWCMD, have already allocated insurmountable levels of effort and expertise to this internship, and to me personally. The accessibility to learning and networking opportunities with well-respected individuals, and the high calibre of arts that we are being exposed to are, in my opinion, incomparable to little else that could be expected for recent graduates.”


Northern Ireland

Sinéad Owens has just recently graduated from Queens University Belfast with a BA Hons in Drama. She has had experience in production management, stage management, sound design, choreography, acting, set design and lighting design. She also has experience teaching and fundraising. She was presented with Gold in the Pope John Paul II Award in 2009, ‘The Mercy Cup’ for Contribution to the Community for 2009-2010 and the ‘Best Stage Manager’ Award in the Student Theatre Awards in 2013. Sinéad has been placed with WheelWorks. Here her job will be the researching and developing new fundraising ideas regarding the renewal of the ArtCart mobile arts resource, contributing to general fundraising submissions, reports and monitoring, and working on other WheelWorks operational and development tasks as appropriate. Her main task is to work closely alongside the Manager, Lucy McCullagh, and other staff to identify and carry out tasks relating to the fundraising and other operational and promotional needs of a small youth arts charity. Sinéad said:
“I am feeling extremely privileged and blessed to have been placed in such a positive work space with co-workers who are enthusiastic and passionate about the work they do. I’ve only been here a short period of time and I have already learnt so much and have been made to feel part of the WheelWorks team. This opportunity is unbelievable and I am very grateful to have been chosen by Arts & Business NI.” 

Roisin Daley has completed an undergraduate degree in History of Art at Manchester University and a masters degree in Arts Management from Queens University, Belfast. She has previously worked at a number of Belfast arts organisations including Queen Street Studios, the Golden Thread Gallery and the Black Box. Through the Arts & Business NI Creative Internship, she has been placed in Young at Art, one of Northern Ireland's leading children's arts charities, where she will be working on fundraising under Director, Ali Fitzgibbon. Roisin said:
“I am thrilled to be part of the Arts & Business NI Creative Internship. It is a fantastic opportunity and already I have learnt so much. I feel that this programme is an invaluable experience, for which I am very grateful, and one which has confirmed my choice of career in the arts.”

Ciara McCafferty is a Drama with Sociology graduate from Queen's University, Belfast. At the age of 20 Ciara co-founded her own theatre company, Chatterbox Productions, who have had two successful trips to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and 2012. Last year she completed her City and Guilds Level III Certificate in Media Techniques and was recently accepted into the BBC Production Talent Pool 2013. She has worked as a freelance stage manager and technician. Ciara is thrilled to be joining the team at Prime Cut Productions just in time for the finale of their European Tour of 'The Conquest of Happiness' a project in collaboration with East West Theatre Company, Bosnia and West and the Mladinsko Theatre, Slovenia, back in their home town of Belfast. She will be working on project funding for Prime Cut's Artistic Development and Community Engagement strands. She is excited by the prospect of working on not only proposals for trusts and foundations but also core funding and EU funding. Ciara said:
“I cannot wait to join the team at Prime Cut and have access to the inner workings of a highly successful theatre company. It is a very exciting time for Prime Cut and so I am ready for the challenges that this fantastic internship can offer me.”

Faye Hobson is a Photography Graduate from Falmouth University. She has a strong background in the arts, having worked with Belfast Photo Festival, Household Festival and Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery. Faye recently joined the board of Platform Arts, an artist-led gallery and studio group in Belfast. In addition to her artistic background, she also has a strong background in business and has completed an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice. Faye has been placed in the Business Development Department of The MAC, where she will be responsible for the day to day running of the venue hire function. She will also make a contribution in areas such as Individual and Corporate giving schemes, data gathering and market research. She said:
“I am incredibly excited to have been placed with such an inspiring and vibrant arts organisation. The MAC strives to be world class in everything it does; in my first two weeks here I have seen this is reflected in the passion and dedication of every member of the team. I have gained such unique and valuable experience already, far beyond the level that is normally offered to new graduates, and I am looking forward to the new experiences that the next ten months will bring.”