The Governance Code


As a registered charity, Graffiti Theatre Company  is in the process of signing up to the Governance Code and has begun the process towards implementing the Code in full.

The Board has resolved to comply with the principles of good fundraising and its commitment to comply with SORP.



Andrew Desmond (Director since 2007)

Completing his secondary education in Cork City Andrew graduated with a honours BA Design from NCAD in Dublin. In 1994 he started his own design company Great Graphics which publishes the very popular guide to Arts and Entertainment in Cork City ; WhazOn Cork.

Andrew is very active in all aspects of city life and most recently captained a Dragon Boat Team home the arduous 15 Nautical Miles of the Ocean to City Race, coming 1st in 2013 & 2nd in 2014.

Andrew is also a voluntary, long time member of the Board of Cork Midsummer Festival and Chairman of the Board of Graffiti Theatre Company from 2011 -2017.


Mary Dorgan (Director since 1998)

Mary Dorgan has her own well established Solicitor’s firm in Cork.  She has a wealth of business experience and an avid interest in the Arts.


Kathleen Lynch (Director since 2003)

Kathleen is currently a sitting TD for Cork North Central  and was appointed Minister of State for Disability, Equality & Mental Health – Department of Health & Department of Justice, Equality & Defence , in March 2011.  She also contested the General Election in 2002,2007 and 2011 and was first elected to Dáil Eireann in 1994 and to Cork Corporation in 1985.


Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, 2007.

Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights 2002-2007.

Member of Joint Committee on Enterprise and Small Business, 2002 – May 2006.


Joe Dermody (Director since 2011)

Joe Dermody, commercial features and training editor with the Irish Examiner for the past 12 years. In a role that has evolved in recent years, he also reports on business and agri-business, along with a training role in the introduction of a new digital media production system. He has a personal interest in theatre, music and the arts. Joe Dermody was elected Chair at Graffiti’s AGM 2017.


Jim O’Donovan (Director since 2011)

Educated in Coláiste Chríost Ri – Leaving Certificate in 1971.   Completed a Diploma in  Administrative Science in 1983 with the Institute of Public Administration.   Residential and Land Agency Course in the Institute of Auctioneers and Valuers of Ireland (IAVI) in the nineties.

Completed an MA in Local Government Management in the Institute of Public Administration in 2005.    -Dissertation on Docklands Renewal projects .

Work experience includes Cork Corporation – Clerical Officer 1972; Kinsale UDC – Town Clerk – 1978; Cork Corporation – Various Grades to 1991; Cork Corporation – Assistant Town Clerk 1991; Waterford County Council – Director of Community & Enterprise 1999 to 2001 and Cork City Council – Director of Services, Planning & Development 2001- 2005; Director  of Services Community and Enterprise  Cork City Council 2006 to 2012

Currently Director of Environment and Recreation .

Board member Cork Volunteer Centre, Graffiti Theatre company, member Cork Committee Cooperation Ireland.


Paul Richard Hudson BA BArch RIBA MRIAI (Director since 2004)  Resigned 6th May 2016

Born 1953, raised and schooled in Birmingham, England. Studied Architecture at Nottingham and Liverpool Universities, elected to the RIBA 1980 and early professional years spent in London and Shrewsbury.

Moved to Cork in 1981. Brief employment with the Office of Public Works and 7 years with Private Architectural Practice in Cork prior to establishing Hudson Associates Architects in 1989.

Elected to Membership of the RIAI 1984 and as a Fellow of the Institute in 2009. Wide architectural experience across many private, public and institutional sectors, including the design of UCC Granary Theatre and the Graffiti Theatre Building. Former Treasurer, Chairman and Committee Member of the RIAI Southern Region and of the Irish Concrete Society. Past Chairman of local Residents’ Association. Board Member of Graffiti Theatre Company since 2004 and Chairman 2006-11.

All Directors work in a voluntary capacity and do not receive any payment or expenses. There are no Members of Graffiti Theatre Company.


Graffiti Senior Staff:

No senior employee of Graffiti Theatre Company earns over €50,000 or under €30,000 per annum.  Graffiti makes an employer pension contribution for one staff member at a rate of 9% of gross salary. No bonus payments are made to employees.

DATE OF NEXT AGM: Monday 8th May 1.00pm Graffiti Theatre, Assumption Road, Blackpool,Cork.  Please ring to confirm attendance 021 4397111

Chairperson’s Address 2017

Chairperson’s Address.2017.doc

Recent Audited Accounts:

Graffiti Audited Accounts 2015

Audited Accounts 2016

Graffiti Theatre Company Mission Statement:

Graffiti Theatre Co Mission Statement

Graffiti Theatre Company Child Safety Policy:

Child Safety Graffiti Theatre Co