Our Board

Prime Cut Board of Directors

Prime Cut Productions is governed by a Board of 8, each of whom brings specific areas of expertise to the company. They are:

Chris Bailey (Chair) has been Director at the Northern Ireland Museums Council since June 2001. Chris was recently awarded the Arts & Business Allianz award for Board Member of the Year 2015. He has overall responsibility for the management of the Council and is the designated Accounting Officer for NIMC, being accountable to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Previously at Belfast City Council, as Arts and Heritage Manager, his work focused on developing the Council's arts and heritage policies and cultural strategies. Prior to joining the Council he worked in various local authorities, and managed and curated a range of arts venues and galleries.  He has a wide range of experience of cultural activity at home and abroad and has served on the Boards of various museum and arts bodies, including the Museums Association and the International Council on Museums (UK).

In Jan 2010 and March 2012 Chris attended ‘On Board’ Training, delivered by Brian Whalley, Public Accountability Training Ltd (on behalf of the Chief Executives’ Forum)

In November 2014 Chris received refresher training on financial matters, through attending the CIPFA (The Chartered Institute of Finance and Accountability) training - Finance for Non-Financial Managers. This is described as  “A practical, simplified two-day course aimed at public sector budget managers who haven't had formal finance training. The course covers the background to public sector funding and a practical consideration of public sector case studies to enable delegates to take an active role in financial management in their organisation.”

Other relevant training includes: Developing Business Cases and Economic Appraisals – also delivered by CIPFA (June 2011); Safeguarding (2012) and Fraud Awareness (2010 and 2013)

Dr. Michelle Young (Secretary) holds a PHD in Drama from Queens University Belfast. She also trained at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and previous theatre  includes Dead Monkey (Black Sheep Theatre Company), Equus (Agnostic Theatre Company) Varcolac, (Hysteric Physical Theatre) and The Survey, a one woman show performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival. For five years, Michelle worked as a teacher of Performing Arts in Hertfordshire where she directed student productions for the National Theatre Shell Connections project and the School’s Shakespeare Festival. Since moving to Belfast, Michelle has worked as an Assistant Director at the Lyric Drama Studio and as Company Manager for Ulster Association of Youth Drama. Michelle is the co-founder of the Belfast/Sarajevo Initiative, a collaborative project which seeks to create and explore the possibility of a creative dialogue between the two cities in conjunction with Queen’s and the Academy of Performing Arts, Sarajevo. In October 2009, the Initiative hosted a week- long series of workshops with practitioners and academics from Belfast and Sarajevo at QUB and in April 2010 the Initiative facilitated a variety of events that were included in the programme of the Memory Module organised by the MESS Festival in Sarajevo. Michelle is currently working as a Drama Teacher at Lagan College, Belfast.

Training includes: Using ICT in the classroom: 2006/2009/2012/2013; Literacy across the curriculum: 2006; Behaviour Management: 2010/2012/2014; SMART Board training: 2012/2013/2014; SEN(Special Educational Needs) Training: 2012/2013/2014; iPAD Training for teaching: 2014; Child Protection Training: 2012/2013/2014; Restorative Practice: 2013


Peter Ballance has been an actor since 1991 working in Ireland and England. He qualified as an accent coach in 2001 after completing his Masters in Voice Studies at Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Since then he has worked on many productions for stage and television providing advice on accents and voice for: Kabosh, Bruiser, Tinderbox, B.B.C N.I., Big Telly, Prime Cut and The Lyric Theatre amongst others. He is also involved with Q.U.B.'s B.A. in Drama and their Centre of Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts. He is currently the co-ordinator of the BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at Southern Regional College.


Kathy Hayes For sixteen years Kathy has been creating, producing, managing and programming projects and for a range of organisations across the UK and further afield.  From civic celebrations, festivals, conventions and building launches with UZ Events to innovative landscape and environmental work with NVA, new talent initiatives for Channel 4’s IDEASfactory and UK wide product launches for experiential marketing and music promotions agency Better Days.  Prior to returning to Northern Ireland she was lead liaison on behalf of EventScotland for a range of sporting, cultural and business events within their major events portfolio including The Open Golf Championship, The Intercontinental Rally, The Edinburgh International Festival, The Forbes CEO Europe Conference, Celtic Connections Music Festival and The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, as well as initiating and managing the signature events programme for Homecoming Scotland 2009 a countrywide events led tourism campaign.

Since returning to Northern Ireland in 2010 She has established relationships across the public and private sectors. Following a one year post during the transformation of The Old Museum Arts Centre into The MAC, Belfast’s flagship arts venue she produced a major event as part of the Olympic Games legacy programme, Land of Giants, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, as well as the launch events for Derry~Londonderry’s iconic Peace Bridge and Ebrington Square and a number of medium scale conference events for The Eventor.  In 2013 Kathy co-produced a centre-piece event in the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture programme, The Return of Colmcille, and designed and delivered a residential Event Management course at the University of Exeter on behalf of Walk the Plank.  Since then she has worked on a number of smaller projects for Belfast City Council, health organisations, advertising agencies and arts companies.

Kathy worked at EventScotland as an advisor and mentor to some of Scotland’s signature events Kathy regularly sat on steering groups and counselled on the establishment and compliance of good systems of governance.  Establishing the Giant Events Company, a community interest company, that was created to manage the development and delivery of a one-off project with a budget of over £1million and involving hundreds of volunteers.  Kathy was responsible for setting up systems and procedures in adherence with funding requirements, recruiting a board of trustees, monitoring and evaluating progress throughout the project and on completion.


Glenn Patterson was born in Belfast and educated there and at the University of East Anglia where he studied for an MA in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. He is the author of author of nine novels, most recently The Rest Just Follows (2014). Previous novel, The Mill for Grinding Old People Young (2012), was Belfast’s first One City One Book choice. Lapsed Protestant, a collection featuring articles and essays for print and broadcast published in 2006 and  followed in 2008 by a memoir, Once Upon a Hill: Love in Troubled Times.

Work for radio includes the plays DeLorean (Radio 4, 2011) and Babble (Radio 3, 2006) as well as short stories. A feature film Good Vibrations (co-written with Colin Carberry) was released in 2013 and was nominated for a BAFTA. He has also presented numerous television documentaries and an arts review series for RTE. His plays and stories have been broadcast on Radio 3 and Radio 4 and articles and essays have appeared in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Independent, Irish Times, Dublin Review.

He was awarded the Lannan Literary Fellowship 2008, Arts Council NI Major Individual Artist Award and is a member of Aosdána, Before coming to Queen's as writer-in-residence (1994) he was Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia and writer-in-residence at University College Cork.

Qualifications include Higher Doctorate from Queen’s University Belfast and MA from the Univerity of East Anglia.


Chris Glover is Marketing Executive at The Outlet, Banbridge, supporting the Marketing Manager in all aspects of marketing including PR, where his duties include:

  • Advertising Campaigns. helping to coordinate all media choice, artwork creation and implantation.
  • Design artwork for host of areas within the organisation for tenants –, leaflets, posters and voucher creation
  • Tenant Liaising with all stores on-site – acting as a brand ambassador for the outlet to the tenants, assisting tenants on  areas such as offers, events, merchandise, displays etc
  • Fashion shows - helping to organise and coordinate fashion shows, for events such as Belfast Fashion Week and as part of sponsorship of events such as Women of the Year awards.
  • Fashion shoots – supporting marketing manager to realise creative visions for outlet brand imagery.
  • Working with sponsor on related projects – Such as W5 LITE, a free children play and learning environment aimed at the development of science knowledge in children of 4+
  • Special project – designing and implantation of display windows
  • Digital. General running of digital and online areas. i.e. The Outlet website, Facebook, Twitter and communication with all tourism digital platforms to promote The OUTLET.

Prior to this Chris worked in Marketing and Research at Sirit Communications and GAP. Chris has a BA honours in Business and Management from John Moors Liverpool and an Masters Degree in Communications, Advertising and PR from the University of Ulster.

Training includes: Chris completed Training in Board Governance through Arts and Business – 2013.

Jane Williams  has been a Senior Marketing Executive at JPR, one of Northern Ireland’s most respected PR companies since 2012 with responsibility for consumer clients including IKEA, National Museums Northern Ireland and the Henderson Group, and also contribute towards the corporate relations of our clients. Jane is a current member of the CIPR in Northern Ireland, an active member on the local committee and an Accredited Practitioner, having completed two years of the Continuous Professional Development programme. Prior to this Jane worked at IN Magazine as an Editorial Assistant and Carlton Baxter Communications as a Consultant. Jane as a BA Hons (Business and Management from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Edel Magill  is one of the original group that established Mad Cow/Prime Cut and was a board member until 2000. In Sept 2001 she joined the staff of Prime Cut as Admin and Finance Manager contributing to general company management and productions. From 2004-2009  she held the post of Joint Executive Producer and with Emma Jordan presented  Cold Comfort, Endgame / All That Fall, The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek, Scenes From The Big Picture,  Antigone, After The End,  Woman and Scarecrow, and Black Milk. During this time they also strategically developed the company’s outreach and artistic development activities. 

Edel Magill is a retailer and sub postmistress. Her academic and business qualifications include B.S.Sc (QUB), BA Lit (OU), Post Grad Dip Modern Literary Studies (QUB) and Advanced Dip. Management Practice (UU). During her time with Prime Cut she completed the Clore Leadership Programme Short Course and the A&B link Initiative.

She is delighted to rejoin Prime Cut as a board member and remains at heart a bit of a Mad Cow.

Jayne Gratton