CEO at Ardán, Alan Duggan came on board in 2018 as the Manager of (what was) the Galway Film Centre. Prior to joining GFC, Alan had gained a wealth of experience in the games industry in Ireland and abroad. He took the film resource centre, and led it through a successful repositioning and rebranding, into what is now known as a key talent development hub for the audiovisual industry in the West of Ireland and beyond. Alan leads several initiatives that are operated out of the Ardán office; he is currently the Director of Galway City of Film, the Manager of WRAP Fund, and he leads the Western AV Forum. He is also on the CREW Board of Directors, and a board alumni of IMIRT.
Gar O'Brien Collins
Gar O’Brien Collins is Executive of the WRAP Fund (Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund), one of the major initiatives managed by Ardán with the WDC. Previous to this, he was the Head of Film & Television at the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA), a position he held since September 2019. Prior to that he was the Programme Director of the Galway Film Fleadh from 2010 until 2018, where he also worked closely on the Junior Film Fleadh. He has consulted on numerous festivals, and taught film theory and practice. Gar holds a Master’s in Film, Society and Culture from the Huston School, Galway, and a Diploma in Audience Dev and Marketing in the Arts from the University of Ulster.
Kathryn Reynolds is the Comms and Marketing Executive for Ardán, Galway City of Film, and WRAP Fund. She got into content marketing in 2017 in Barcelona, when she was looking for work where she could write and travel and get paid for it. It turned out she liked it, so she still does it for a living. With a background in teaching English, Drama, and Art to different ages, in Ireland, Spain, and China, and several years studying & working in performing arts as a writer, director, and actor, she continues to work and play in the creative arts, including management and marketing for local and social projects. Kathryn holds a Master’s in Drama & Theatre, a BA in Performing Arts, a PG Cert in Creative Arts Management, a Diploma in Copywriting, and a Certificate in Digital & Social Media Marketing.