The Board of the James Joyce Cultural Centre Dublin is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Jessica Peel-Yates to the position of Manager.
Jessica is a highly experienced professional manager with over 12 years’ experience in the cultural sector where she worked to deliver many literary focused events and projects. She comes to the role with a management and communications background in the UK Civil Service and with business and project management experience across a range of cultural activity including literature, dance, exhibition and film.
Jessica’s interest in the work and life of Joyce is evident at a personal level through her association on a volunteer basis with Sweny’s Chemist; immortalised in Joyce’s Ulysses for its “sweet lemon soap”. In her professional capacity, she has been involved in a range of Joycean related events including co-authoring illustrated pocket guides to Joyce’s Ulysses and Dubliners in the Romping through Irish Literature series, for At it Again! She co-ordinates a sketchbook exploration of Dublin as seen through Ulysses and has co-curated Joyce related visual arts exhibitions.
In welcoming Jessica to the Centre, Deirdre Ellis-King, Chair of the Board identified the role of Manager as one which required excellence across both managerial and creative fronts. She said “I have no doubt that Jessica has that combination of excellence which will enable her to bring new dimensions to the task of ensuring that the James Joyce Centre continues to be defined as the key Centre in Dublin, dedicated to promoting the life and work of James Joyce, locally and globally. Inter-organisational collaboration is a key aspect of how the Centre approaches its programming activity and Jessica’s skills on that front will undoubtedly add value to the process of ensuring effective management and co-ordination of all Centre services and of its flagship project, the Bloomsday Festival. The Board is very pleased to announce this key appointment and to welcome Jessica to the James Joyce Centre Team.”
In accepting the position, Jessica said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to bring my knowledge and passion to the challenge of curating and developing the Bloomsday Festival as well as enabling the James Joyce Centre to consolidate its role as an inclusive and dynamic hub with international reach and contemporary relevance”.
Jessica, who holds an MSc in Information Management from Sheffield University, took up duties on the 6th March 2018.