Signal Board & Trustees

Eleanor Philips

Creative Director


Eleanor’s role as Director is primarily concerned with the objectives of the centre’s
mission; engagement and development of Signals members and the creative and
artistic direction of the Centre.
She has worked as a professional artist, curator and arts administrator for over 30
years. She holds a BA Fine Art and H.Dip Community Arts Education from NCAD and
an MA Art in Public from Ulster University. She was a founding member of the Signal
Arts Centre Company working alongside James Morrison on the operational and
legal set-up of the centre.
She has been commissioned and supported by Arts Council Ireland; CREATE;
Wicklow County Council; Craigavon County Council; Bray Urban District Council;
PEACE III Arts and Diversity Fund, Northern Ireland; Regional Arts Council St. Louis,
USA and City Council Celje, Slovenia

Emma Finucane


Trustee Role – Chair
Sub-Committee –Community Employment Management Committee

A founder member of Outpost Studios in Bray Co. Wicklow Emma completed a BFA
at NCAD in 1997 and MFA in 2006. She has been commissioned and supported by
Creative Ireland, Arts Council Ireland, CREATE, Wicklow, Carlow, Cavan and
Kildare County Councils. Her work has been shown in Ireland, the UK, Germany,
Denmark and the US and is in private and public collections including: OPW, AIB,
DIT, and UCD. She currently lectures in UCD & NCAD.

Susie Markey


Trustee Role – Treasurer
Sub-Committee –Community Employment Management Committee

Susie is an experienced Audit Manager with experience working with one of Ireland’s
leading financial institutions. During her career she has also held a number of operations management positions. She has extensive experience in overseeing internal operating controls, processes and practices and holds a professional designation awarded by the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland.

Colum O'Neill

Health & Safety

Trustee Role – Health & Safety
Sub-Committee –Community Employment Management Committee

Colum O’Neill is a Fire Safety Officer with Dublin Fire Brigade and oversees all
aspects of Signal’s Health & Safety policies.

Yanny Petters

Membership Development

Trustee Role – Member Development
Sub-Committee – Signal Arts Society Committee

Yanny Petters began her career as a fine artist at Signal Arts Centre in the 1990s.
She paints Irish wild plants raising awareness of the wonders of wild habitats. Collections which include her work are Dr Shirley Sherwood Collection, London, Office of Public Works National Collection, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Museum of Ireland; the
Watercolour Society of Ireland and many private collections. She is represented by
the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin. Yanny teaches watercolour technique at the
Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry and exhibits regularly with the Watercolour
Society of Ireland and the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club as well as creating solo
exhibitions every two years.
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Sara Hanley

Company Secretary

Trustee Role – Company Secretary

Sub-Committee – CE Management Committee

Sara completed her BA (Hons) in Visual Arts Practice from IADT as a mature student in 2011. That year she was the recipient of the R.C. Lewis-Crosby Award for Painting at the RDS Student Art Awards. She then went on to study a Postgraduate Diploma (level 9) in Business in Cultural Event Management graduating in 2012 from IADT.

Since then Sara has worked in arts administration roles ranging from working with a Dublin art gallery and also for a cultural event management company specialising in the provision of high calibre arts programmes and events for schools, community groups, local authorities, government bodies and festivals both in Ireland and internationally. Sara was one of the founding members of ArtNetdlr (Artist Network Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown) and served as Secretary on the committee for several years. 

Since the Covid 19 Pandemic, Sara has renewed an interest in photography and is attending workshops and courses in all aspects of photography plus post production using Adobe Lightroom. 


Yvonne Pettitt

Sub-Committee – Signal Arts Society Committee

Yvonne Pettitt is an Irish artist, she holds a B.A and M.Phil. in Art History and a Higher Diploma in Arts Administration. She lectured extensively as part of the Education Programme for the Hugh Lane Gallery and tutored for the Art History Department in UCD. Painting has always been her passion, she completed the CPD Diploma with the RHA School in 2020. She had a piece exhibited in the RHA Annual in 2020 and has exhibited in group shows in the Lexicon Gallery, Dun Laoghaire Library, with the Signal Art Gallery and Artnetdlr.