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Governance Code

Smock Alley Theatre Company Number: 422241 / Charity Registration: CHY17241 / VAT Registrations: 9579752K
Registered Offices: Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
See our profile on the Charities Regulatory Authority here

Smock Alley Theatre is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code. Click here to view our Governance Code (2016).

Smock Alley Theatre complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document. Click here to view the Constitution of Smock Alley Theatre Company Limited by Guarantee.


Smock Alley Theatre keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements. We have adopted the guidelines given in the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities as outlined in the Arts Council’s document ‘Recommended Guidelines for Financial Reporting’ in respect of accounts for 2016. Click on a year to view a copy of the most recent sets of accounts:
2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Smock Alley Theatre Salary Bands:
Employee benefit range | Number of employees
€40,000- €49,999 | 1
€30,000 – €39,999 | 5


Health + Safety Statement – Click here to view
Child Protection Policy – Click here to view


Smock Alley Theatre is a registered Charity (CHY 17241) and is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards the primary activity of developing, managing and operating Smock Alley Theatre. We are currently working to confirm compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR). Click here to view our Resolution regarding the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

Smock Alley Theatre’s policies on fundraising, use of donations, financial controls and feedback are outlined in the Donor Charter. Click here for the Donor Charter.

Click here to see the fundraising principals section of the ICTR website.


Chair: Philomena Byrne
Directors: Pat Laffan, Mark Lambert, Gerard Dempsey, Niamh Ferry

Philomena Byrne – (Chair – Appointed Aug 2006)
Philomena Byrne was Head of Public Affairs at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from the museum’s foundation in 1991 until her retirement in 2013. She also served as Acting Director of IMMA for almost two years in 2001-03. Prior to joining the museum, Philomena worked at IDA Ireland, initially in the Promotions Department and later as Assistant Manager of the Press Department. In addition to her public affairs duties, from 1991 to 2003 Philomena also organised a widely-praised annual classical music programme at IMMA with such leading artists as Bernadette Greevy, Hugh Tinney, Malcolm Proud, Moya Homberger and the Crash Ensemble. Philomena has had lifelong interest in theatre and classical music and is a regular visitor to London venues and the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe.In addition to her role as Chair of Smock Alley Theatre, Philomena is on the Board of Great Music in Irish Houses and is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts. In 2005 she was a member of the judging panel for the prestigious Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. Philomena holds a BA in History and Economics and an MA (First Class) in Medieval History from University College Dublin.

Niamh Ferry (Company Secretary – Appointed August 2016)
Niamh is General Manager of the Civic Theatre in Tallaght and is responsible for the day to day running of the venue including finance, administration, marketing and HR. She provides administrative support for the various projects undertaken by the theatre from producing new work to the youth ensemble project TENDERFOOT. She was previously General Manager of the Gaiety School of Acting and Smock Alley Theatre for 6 years where she was responsible for the financial and general management of the acting school and all its activities as well as working on a significant capital redevelopment programme for Smock Alley Theatre. Previously Niamh has worked for the O’Reilly Theatre and the Dublin Writers Museum. She graduated from GMIT with a BA (Hons) in Heritage Studies and from University College Dublin with an MA (Hons) in Cultural Policy and Arts Management.

Mark Lambert (Appointed August 2016)
Mark graduated with a B.A. Honours degree in Drama from Manchester University and attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has spent 36 years as an actor and director. Mark was a founder member and producer of the Little Theatre Company Bristol, DubbelJoint Theatre Company Belfast and Associate Director of the Abbey Theatre. Mark has been a leading actor at The Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre and has been involved in premieres of plays such as “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme”, “Molly Sweeney” and “Our Countrys Good” to name some of over 50 new plays he has been involved in. These also include five West End productions including “Juno and The Paycock” for which he was nominated for an Olivier and “The Memory of Water” which won an Olivier for Best Comedy. Mark worked extensively in London for seventeen years working at The RSC, The Royal Court, The Young Vic and Hampstead Theatre to name a few. He then returned to Dublin with his family 18 years ago and has directed numerous productions at The Abbey Theatre, The Gaiety Theatre, Olympia Theatre, The Belfast Opera House, The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, The Tricycle Theatre Kilburn and Prime Cut in Northern Ireland. He has also directed at least 8 productions for final year drama students at various drama schools. Directed and produced two BBC radio series (Baldi) and a series for RTE.

Gerard Dempsey (Appointed August 2016)
Gerard is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in senior finance roles in both multi-national corporations and start-up environments across a range of global industries Gerard was Vice President Logistics Services and Finance Director of Sandvik Mining & Construction Ireland Ltd, a global engineering firm. Prior to this he held positions as Finance Director at Microsoft Ireland, Head of Finance at Guinness, Head of Corporate Treasury and Structured Financing at Diageo, and Senior Corporate Treasurer at Pfizer. Alongside his senior finance roles, Gerard worked in investment banking and risk management at Schroders Australia.
Gerard has a strong interest in the arts and trained as an actor with the Gaiety School of Acting. He has supported Smock Alley Theatre actively over many years and participated in a number of productions and has even performed on the Smock Alley stage. Gerard is excited to be part of the Smock Alley team , helping it grow and succeed.


Complaints, feedback and comments should be addressed to:
Paul Clune
Smock Alley Theatre
Exchange Street Lower
Temple Bar
Dublin 8

or by e-mail to : paul(at)smockalley.com