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Business to Arts expand legal, property and construction expertise with new Chair and board appointments from CBRE and Linesight

Business to Arts Board Appointments Davina Saint, Myles Clarke & Fiona D'Arcy. Pictured is a piece by Orla Whelan, winner of the inaugural Merrion Plinth Award. Credit Conor McCabe

Business to Arts Board Appointments Davina Saint, Myles Clarke & Fiona D’Arcy. Pictured is a piece by Orla Whelan, winner of the inaugural Merrion Plinth Award. Credit Conor McCabe

Myles Clarke, Managing Director of CBRE Ireland and Fiona D’Arcy, Chief Marketing Officer of Linesight have joined the Business to Arts Board of Directors. They join Davina Saint, who is Independent Non-Executive Director, and was appointed as Chair of Business to Arts in 2020.

Speaking about the appointments, Andrew Hetherington said “These new appointments align with Business to Arts’ strategic objectives, which include creative place-making and the integration of art and design into the recovery of cities and towns across Ireland.”

In October 2020, Business to Arts was appointed to the Arts & Culture Recovery Taskforce by Minister Catherine Martin TD. Among the recommendations of the taskforce report were to work in partnership with the private sector to activate appropriate public spaces for arts and cultural events and commissions. Business to Arts is responding to this recommendation through the development of donor-advised Arts Funds with a variety of donors and enhancing our advisory services team for the commissioning of art in the public realm.

  • Davina Saint was appointed Chair of Business to Arts in 2020. Previously the Head of Branch for BNP Paribas Securities Services in Ireland, Davina joined the Board of NAMA in January of 2021. Davina is a senior level banking executive and qualified solicitor. She has extensive legal experience with 19 years as head of legal and general counsel for BNP Paribas’ operations in Ireland. She is also a chartered director and has built corporate governance and risk management experience across multiple boards and executive committees.
  • Myles Clarke has 20-years’ experience running businesses in banking, capital markets and real estate in London and Dublin.  Myles was appointed Managing Director of CBRE Ireland in 2018 – Ireland’s largest real estate advisory firm.
  • Fiona D’Arcy  has over 25 years’ national and international experience in B2B organisations ranging from start-ups through to large multinationals developing and implementing business and marketing positioning strategies. At Linesight, a global consultancy firm providing cost, project and program management services to a multitude of industry sectors, Fiona is passionate about driving growth in international markets and building brand profiles, brand positioning and brand awareness.

On their appointment Davina Saint, Chair of Business to Arts said: “I am so pleased to welcome Myles and Fiona to the Board.  They bring a wealth of experience and will add genuine stakeholder engagement to our organisation.   We are always looking to broaden the industry sectors with which we engage and these appointments deepen and broaden this base.”

On his appointment Myles Clarke said: “I am delighted to join the Business to Arts board at this critical time for artists and the arts sector. I have long admired the ethos and great work of the team at Business to Arts in supporting the importance of culture  world. I look forward to contributing to Business to Arts’ important mission and furthering the long-term strategy to champion the arts with businesses in Ireland”

On her appointment Fiona D’Arcy said: “All too often the value of arts and culture in the busy world of business can be overlooked. It has never been more important than it is now, as we live through a global pandemic, to recognise the positive impact that an immersive culture experience or beautiful artistic or creative place-making can have on our daily lives. We must continue to reinforce to our government and business communities alike the value that organisations such as Business to Arts can deliver. I am excited to have been welcomed to join such a coveted group of Board members in Business to Arts and relish the opportunity to make an impactful contribution to the roll out of their strategy and hope to act as an advocate for the organization both in Ireland and globally.”

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