Board of Directors
Siún Ní Raghallaigh
Siún Ní Raghallaigh has over 20 years’ experience in the film and television industry, working in broadcasting, production, marketing and sales. She started in 1994 with the start-up of TG4. Siún was centrally involved in the setting up of the Irish language television service and in 1999 was responsible for the rebranding of the channel to TG4. She progressed to the position of Managing Director and left the station in 2001.
Siún was appointed Chairperson of the Board of TG4 in 2012 and will serve in this role until 2017.
Prior to taking up her current position as CEO of Ardmore Studios, Siún held the position of CEO with Tyrone Productions for a number of years and later established her own independent production company, Ikandi Productions. She continues to maintain a presence in independent production of documentary films. She is also a director of Moetion Films, an animation company, recent credit includes Executive Producer of the successful animated feature film Two by Two.
Siún has been CEO at Ireland’s premier film studios, Ardmore Studios, since 2012 and under her stewardship the studios have continued to grow and to expand to meet demand.
Steve Woods has worked in film since 1988, first in animation then live action both as a director and a producer.
Steve has curated for a number of Irish and international film festivals notably the Irish showcase at the Annecy International Animation Festival in 2015. He has held many workshops in film making again at home and internationally in Palestine in 2008 and Portugal 2014.
As well as being on the board of the Galway Film Fleadh and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland Steve was on the board of Filmbase and on the Academic Council of the Institute of Art Design Technology, Dun Laoghaire. In IADT Steve teaches Experimental Animation at the National Film School.
Steve has returned to animation production directing a short for TG4 through the Broadcast Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Visions scheme.
Film Producer Redmond Morris is a native of Spiddal, Co. Galway and his initial interest in film was fuelled by a family connection with John Ford, who was also of Spiddal descent.
During a distinguished career he has worked on many films in various capacities. His fruitful relationship with Neil Jordan included The Miracle, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins and The Butcher Boy, which Redmond produced.
In 2009 he received both an Oscar and BAFTA nomination as one of the Producers of The Reader, directed by Stephen Daldry. More recently he has worked on Byzantium, The Book Thief and The Rhythm Section.
Kate O’Toole is an Irish actress. Her film work includes: Dancing at Lughnasa, Eden, 32a, Property of the State, Man on the Train and John Huston’s last film, The Dead. Her stage work includes Dead Funny with Rough Magic Theatre Co. (Irish Times Theatre Awards nomination for Best Actress) and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast (Winner: Best Actress UK at the British Arts Council/TMA Theatre Awards). She starred opposite Albert Finney in Ronald Harwood’s Reflected Glory in London’s West End where she has also performed leading roles in plays ranging from Vanbrugh’s The Provok’d Wife to Molière’s Don Juan and Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams. She has toured Ireland extensively with Field Day Theatre Co. and in numerous productions with Druid Theatre Co. Her most recent stage performances were Mrs Leaf in The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Connie Fairchild in Pat McCabe’s The Big Yum Yum for Corcadorca Theatre co.
Offstage, Kate has served on numerous international film festival panels and juries. She enjoyed a two year tenure as a senior judge for Listowel Writers’ Week, was a regular panelist on RTE’s flagship arts programme, The View, and is a board member on the Irish Film Board.
Film Distributor [Retired]. Former Northern Ireland Area Representative for Rank/Universal, General Manager [Ireland] Walt Disney Productions Ltd., General Manager 20th Century Fox Film Company Ltd.,
Vice President Buena Vista International [Ireland] Ltd. with a specific brief to acquire indigenous films for distribution. Winner of ‘Spirit of Disney’ Award 2002, Winner Lifetime achievement Award IFI 2004, and ‘Career Achievement Award JDIFF 2007.
Currently doing the odd bit of consultancy – “if the phone rings I’ll answer”
Fran Keaveney returned to Ireland in 1991, having spent four years in Australia, studying Film and TV and working at The Australian Film Studios in Melbourne. On her return she began freelancing on features and commercials and worked mainly in the production and locations departments. The following are some of the films she worked on, ‘Into The West, ‘The Snapper’, ‘In The Name of The Father’, ‘Moondance’, ‘A Man of No Importance’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘The Van’, ‘The Devil’s Own’ and ‘Let Us Prey’.
She moved to Galway in 1996 and was the first production manager on the TG4 soap ‘Ros na Rún’ until joining the Irish Film Board in 2000 where she worked as Production Manger initially and then Short Films Executive for eight years. She continued to work on a consultancy basis with Screen Ireland until she took on the role of Screen Skills Executive, Film & TV Drama Production, with Screen Skills Ireland in 2019. She has tutored at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, NUIG from 2007 to 2018 and was an assessor with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from 2013 to 2019.
Sheila Morris is an experienced marketing and communications professional, who has been to the fore on an eclectic mix of global and domestic communications campaigns over her career. As Divisional Director at Edelman PR, the world’s largest independent PR Firm. Sheila managed a diverse portfolio of clients managing IPO’s, Brand Redesigns to Sponsorship activations, Global Leadership Conferences and International Book awards.
Since 2015 she has been with the UCD Foundation where she is organiser of the annual UCD Festival, a unique university festival that inspires audiences and engages them in a meaningful way with the University. She has a great understanding of festival management with four years of building programmes, negotiating sponsorship agreements, setting budgets, working with creatives, liaising with statutory authorities, signing off on logistics, contracting staff, redesigning websites, aligning the marketing and digital strategy to dealing with media, food traders, and looking forward.
Sheila holds a BA from UCD and a Diploma in Public Relations. She is Director of Four Provinces Films and a member of the PRII and has a great love of Galway.