WHAT Staff



Claire Meaney


Claire has been working with Waterford Healing Arts Trust since 2007.  She has a BA in Fine Art from DIT (2002) and a Certificate in Youth Arts from NUI Maynooth (2006).  In 2010, Claire completed an MA in Arts and Heritage Management at WIT and wrote her thesis on The Artist’s Perspective of Making Collaborative Art in a Hospital Context in Ireland.  In 2010, she was awarded an Arts & Health Bursary Award from the Arts Council to develop her arts participation practice.

Maeve Butler

Assistant Director

Maeve joined the team at WHAT in 2017, having worked in arts management and communications for 20 years – in theatre, dance, music, festival and venue management – and the community and voluntary sector.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from DIT and a Master’s Degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from UCD.  Maeve’s interest in arts and health began with her MA thesis research into arts in palliative care settings in 2011, the first such research of its kind in Ireland.

Susan Crossan


Susan studied Finance and Administration at Waterford Institute of Technology.  She has worked for the past 20 years with the HSE.  The majority of this time has been as Administrator with Waterford Healing Arts Trust.  She has also worked in many other departments within University Hospital Waterford as a clerical officer.  In her spare time, Susan enjoys walking her dog, swimming, and reading.

Aisling Kennedy

Project Co-ordinator

Aisling joins Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) in the new role of Project Co-ordinator, managing our Iontas Arts and Mental Health programme, our exhibitions programme and the UHW Art Collection.  Aisling previously worked with the Arts in Health team at Children’s Health Ireland.  She recently completed an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at University College Dublin, she is AXELOS Global Best Practice qualified in project management and has a BA in English Literature and Art History.

Ann Murphy

Assistant Arts Administrator

Ann joined the WHAT team in Nov 2021.  A native of Waterford City, Ann has worked in administrative roles throughout her career, with companies such as Ernst & Young and Bausch & Lomb, and also in further education.  Ann has also trained in a range of complementary therapies, including Reflexology, Reiki and Aromatherapy, and has a keen interest in all forms of healing through different mediums.  To relax, she enjoys her three ‘G’s: the Greenway, Gardening and Genealogy.

Anne O’Hanlon-Bermosa

Assistant Arts Administrator

Eileen Reid

Music Co-ordinator

Eileen joined the team at WHAT in late 2019 as Music Co-ordinator.  She has a great love for music and is a traditional Irish musician (fiddle, flute and whistle).  Eileen studied photography in Waterford and works as a freelance photographer, exhibiting locally when she can.  Most recently Eileen also completed a course in Social Media Marketing.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, sea swimming and experimenting with all things creative.