Meet the Team

Desima-Jayne Connolly, Arts Service Development Manager

Since early 2017, Desima oversees and implements the on-going strategic and operational development of both Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady and Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, including programming, marketing/publicity and good governance, and also manages the community arts engagement service.

Desima has a BA(Hons) in Fine Arts and postgraduate qualifications in both Fine Arts (MFA) and Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies. Before joining former Limavady Borough Council in July 2010 when she assumed management of the new Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre , overseeing its development and evolution, Desima had worked in various cultural roles for over fourteen years, including positions within other local government arts/museum and heritage units, arts organisations and voluntary community groups, developing a strong passion for visual arts and community arts engagement.

Desima is based at Flowerfield Arts Centre and you can email her at or call her on Tel: 028 7083 1400.

Fran Porter, Arts & Cultural Facilities Officer

After graduating from Coventry University with a Communications and Media degree too many years ago to mention, Fran started out in the ‘getting paid to do stuff’ world as a visual artist and signwriter decorating retail businesses, restaurants, bars and clubs.

She swapped ladders and paint to project manage a multiform youth arts organisation and become an Arts Officer for a Midlands Borough Council. She then set up an independent production company and produced community, corporate and documentary film.

Fran returned to NI in 2017 and joined Big Telly Theatre Company as their company manager.

Since 2020, she has been a freelance creative producer, working with among others, Big Telly, Dumbworld and Young At Art.

She has a wealth of experience in producing diverse artforms, managing creative projects and programmes and funding.

Fran is based at Flowerfield Arts Centre and you can contact her by Tel: 02870831400 or by email:

Amy Donaghey, Arts Marketing + Engagement Officer

Amy joined the team in April 2022 and is responsible for marketing and engagement at both Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart and Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady.

Amy has an MSc in International Events and Festival Management and has over 12 years’ experience as a marketing and events professional in the arts, hospitality and retail sectors.

Amy has worked across the UK with different arts festivals and not for profit organisations and also in the private sector with industry leading companies.

If you're a local business, community organisation or school and are interested in what creative engagement opportunities there are at each venue, or interested in developing a partnership initiative, have a chat with Amy.

Amy is based primarily at Flowerfield Arts Centre and you can contact her by Tel: 02870831400 or by email:

Alan Moffett, Operations Officer

Alan supports all room and venue hire activities and also oversees the maintenance and security of the venue and makes sure everything runs smoothly on a daily basis.

Contact Alan via email or call him on Tel: 028 7083 1400.

Siobhan Dunbar, Administration Assistant

Siobhan provides essential administrative support to the team including operational, monitoring, finance and marketing.

Contact Siobhan via email or call her on Tel: 028 7083 1400.

Bernadette McAleese, Customer Service Administrator

Based at reception, Bernie keeps everything running smoothly at the front of house. Always providing a friendly and helpful service, she deals with general inquiries and provides administration for all box office bookings, and sales as well as helping out at events. The reception team also support venue hire inquiries and liaises with interested clients.

Contact reception via email or call reception on Tel: 028 7083 1400.

Margaret Moffett, Housekeeper

Margaret is one of our valued part-time Housekeeping team, ensuring our lovely venue remains spic and span and providing superb hospitality to our visiting clients and artists. She also acts as front of house staff for our wide range of arts and community events.


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