The Staff and Board of Directors of Waterford Healing Arts Trust are working towards full compliance with the Charities Regulatory Authority’s Charities Governance Code a code of practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. We are also committed to complying with the principles of good fundraising. Click here to view our Constitution.

Legal and Charitable Status
Waterford Healing Arts Trust is a registered charity: CHY 13173. As a registered charity, Waterford Healing Arts Trust is exempt from Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Deposit Interest Retention Tax under Section 207, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 and from Corporation Tax for certain trading activities under the same section. Waterford Healing Arts Trust is authorised by the Revenue Commissioners to operate the Donation Scheme for tax exempted donations to Charitable Bodies (Section 848A, Tax Consolidation Act, 1997).

Waterford Healing Arts Trust is registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority (Reg. No: 20040284). By virtue of the Charities Act, 2009, the directors of the company are deemed to also be charity trustees.

The main object for which the Waterford Healing Arts Trust is established is to promote wellbeing through the arts.

Our objectives are:
– to facilitate access to and participation in the arts in healthcare environments
– to reduce anxiety and stress for patients, visitors, and staff through arts experiences
– to take the lead in developing the capacity of the arts and health sector in Ireland
– to facilitate professional development opportunities for artists to produce new work and engage new audiences within healthcare and community contexts
– to manage the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health and set out operational procedures as required

Financial Statements
Waterford Healing Arts Trust prepares financial statements in accordance with FRS102 “The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and the Republic of Ireland”, applying Section 1A of that Standard, issued by the Financial Reporting Council.

Click to view the Annual Report 2021 and the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2021
Click to view the Annual Report 2020 and the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2020
Click to view the Annual Report 2019 and the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2019
Click to view the 2018 Annual Report and the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018
Annual Report 2017 inc Financial Statements
Annual Report 2016 inc Financial Statements

Staff and Management
Waterford Healing Arts Trust has four direct employees, one part-time HSE administrator and currently four Community Employment Scheme participants. Click here for more information on our team.

Director | WTE 0.9 | Band E Pro rata
Assistant Director | WTE 1 | Band D

Salary Bands:
A: <10,000 per annum
B. 10,000 – 19,999 per annum
C. 20,000 – 29,999 per annum
D. 30,000 – 39,999 per annum
E. 40,000 – 49,999 per annum
F. 50,000 – 59,999 per annum
G. 60,000 – 69,999 per annum

Board Members

Catherine Drea (Chairperson) is a visual artist, photographer and writer.  A graduate of NCAD and UCC, Catherine has a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. She has worked as a designer, a teacher and a group facilitator. In 1994 she co-founded Framework, a charitable organisation which supported community development and equality projects in Ireland. A campaigner in a number of social movements over the years, she remains a passionate advocate of equality, creativity and the natural world. Date appointed: 2.5.17

Mark Breen is a native of Waterford.  He has been in the property investment business for the last 30 years.  Mark is very active in the community and has been a member of Waterford Rotary for 20 years.  He joined the Board of Waterford Healing Arts Trust in 2017 and is enjoys contributing to the work of the organisation. Date appointed: 2.5.17

Tom Cunningham is a founding Director of GNKA Consulting Ltd., a Construction Cost Consultancy and Project Management Company. A former Mayor of Waterford and also Chair of WHAT and Garter Lane Arts Centre, Tom currently serves on the WHAT Governance sub-committee. Date appointed: 2.5.17

Joan Dalton has a BA in Art History/Anthropology and has worked as an Arts Manager and Producer for over 30 years in the US, UK and Ireland. Her work has included projects across many disciplines including photography, film, visual art, sculpture, theatre, textile design, music, literature and architecture. Recent large scale projects include The Invader –  a new Irish opera, and numerous theatre productions. Date appointed: 12.04.16

Shirley O’Shea is a native of Waterford and was educated at Sacred Heart of Mary Convent, Ferrybank, and WIT. Shirley has always been very active in the Waterford community and has been involved with many community organisations over the years, most recently with CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).  Shirley joined the Board of Waterford Healing Arts Trust in 2015 and is currently Chairperson of the organisation’s Fundraising Committee. Date appointed: 6.2.17

Anne Woodworth is a professional singer and was a lecturer in Music at WIT for 25 years. She was Founder/ Director of WIT Music School and currently teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is Director of Bealtaine Choir (which is particularly for non-singers and emphasises the value of music in the health of older people). Anne has been an advisor to WHAT musicians and represented WHAT at the Musique et Sante conference, Paris, in 2005. In 2012, she was shortlisted for a Volunteer of the Year Award for 20 years of service, including three as Director of Samaritans Waterford. She is presently Outreach Officer for Samaritans Ireland. Date appointed: 02.02.15.

Olive Gaughan is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and has worked for over thirty years within the financial services sector. She is currently a Director & Head of Actuarial with Mazars and has expertise in financial reporting, business planning, analysis of financial performance relative to plans, and capital management. She has a deep interest in the arts and is a keen amateur photographer and textile artist. She is a member of Offshoot Photography Society and holds an Associateship Distinction with the Irish Photographic Federation. She is very interested in the work of Waterford Healing Arts Trust and is originally from the Dungarvan area. Date appointed: 14.2.22

Patricia Cronin is a member of the audit and risk committees in the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Prior to that Patricia was Head of Governance and Operations at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. As part of the Management Team, she worked with the Minister to set the strategic direction of the organisation including overseeing the preparation of the Department’s Strategy Statement. She also managed shareholder oversight for the state bodies for which the Department is responsible and was the Programme Director for the Eircode project. She retired from the Department in 2021. Her civil service career also included head of HR for the Department and Chair of the network for senior civil servants. Patricia has a Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD. Date appointed: 14.2.22

Ryan Keane has a Degree in Law from Maynooth University as well as a Masters of Law (International Commercial Law) from UCD. He is currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise Development at Trinity College Dublin. He is the Bid & Contracts Manager for Vodafone Business in Ireland. In this role he owns governance review of Tier 1 & 2 bid and tenders within enterprise and government/public sectors nationally and the contracting process from draft to sign. Having worked across corporate, commercial and technical fields, in all areas he has and continues to focus on not only over delivering on KPI/Targets but also identifying process improvements, building businesses cases for and managing change. He holds a strong track record of delivering excellence in commercially challenging and highly regulated environments. Date appointed: 25.4.22

Damien McGlynn has worked in the cultural sector across Ireland, the UK and Europe for 15 years. He has worked with organisations such as Visual Artists Ireland, National Galleries of Scotland and Tate before joining Creative Lives (then Voluntary Arts) in 2015 and became their Ireland Director in 2021. Damien studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. His work has primarily been with charitable arts organisations and involved partnerships with artists, community groups, local government, media and international collaborations. Damien has been a keen photographer since the age of 8 and still likes using film cameras. He is also a trustee of Engage and a member of the Advisory Group for Dublin City Council Culture Company. Date appointed: 25.4.22

The team
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