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Meet our Staff, Board Members, and Patron.


Cameron Menzies

Australian born Stage Director, Cameron Menzies works consistently across Opera, Music Theatre, Theatre, Cabaret and with many International Festivals.  His work has been seen throughout Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, USA, South Africa, Japan and China.  He has worked for Shakespeare’s Globe, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Short Black Opera Company,  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  He is also the Associate Artist (Direction) for Diva Opera UK.



Clíona Donnelly

Clíona studied History at Queen’s University, Belfast, and then completed a MSC in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster. She previously worked for the Dublin Business School and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin before moving back to Belfast to join the Northern Ireland Opera team in March 2011. Clíona is a trustee of the Board of the St. Anne’s Trust and the Belfast Philharmonic Society.

Clíona was awarded a British Empire Medal in June 2018 for services to music and young people in Northern Ireland.


Julia O'Hara

Julia read English at Cambridge University and spent more than a decade working in book publishing in London specializing in marketing and international rights at Macmillan, Virgin Books and Phaidon. Since moving to Belfast, Julia worked in the property industry before joining NI Opera in 2018


Lynda Thompson-Spack

Lynda began performing in NI at a young age with Patricia Mulholland’s Irish Ballet Company. After completing a BA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University she moved into arts administration and funding, working as an Arts Officer for a London borough, then for the Arts Council of England and the UK Film Council. She subsequently worked in film PR, ran an ethical clothing company and has her own jewellery brand, ‘Fred Loves Ginger’.


Roy Bailie OBE Chairman

Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE Vice-Chairman

James Hunt

Ken Lindsay

Stephen Kingon CBE

Professor Dolores O’Reilly

Jane Wells

Richard McBride

Mairéad Regan


Sean Rafferty

Sean Rafferty was born in Belfast and brought up in Newcastle, Co. Down. He studied law at Queen’s University. Belfast, and soon after began his career in broadcasting. Sean is a respected arts broadcaster, having presented a variety of radio and television programmes on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Radio Ulster. Since 1997 Sean has been the regular presenter of In Tune on Radio 3.