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Olwen is a Policy Analyst and Consultant, and has recently lead many of the Gender Equality and Diversity projects in the arts and cultural institutions - including working with the Abbey Theatre, Theatre Forum, the National Library of Ireland, Screen Ireland and the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. In addition, she has worked with organisations such as Irish Life, Enterprise Ireland, The Digital Hub, IADT, the European Central Bank, the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) and the Department of Justice and Equality on similar engagements.
Olwen is currently the implementation lead for the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy.
With a professional background spanning public and private sector roles in strategic management, Olwen also advises on, and facilitates in the development of organisational and advocacy / policy strategies.
A graduate of the Whitaker School of Government and Management (IPA), and NCI (formerly the National College of Industrial Relations), Olwen holds a BBS (Hons) in Industrial Relations, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Science, Public Policy Analysis and an MEconScience in Public Policy Analysis. Olwen was awarded joint-first in class for her thesis which examined social justice advocacy in public policy through the prism of the #MarRef and #WakingTheFeminists movements; she regularly gives public talks and lectures on both her work and research.
In late 2017, and in response to the revelations of harassment in Irish theatre, the #MeToo and #IrishWeinstein hashtags, Olwen co-authored the Amplify Women toolkit with Dr. Brenda Donohue and colleagues from across the legal, workplace relations and representative / advocacy communities. Read more here.
A passionate advocate for both gender equality and the role of arts in society, Olwen is a former Board member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) and the inaugural Chair of Network Ireland’s Advisory Council (she was the organisation’s National President in 2015). Olwen currently serves on the Boards of the Lyric Theatre (Belfast), Poetry Ireland and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, and has also served as Chair of the Policy Research Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).