Who’s Who


When we opened our doors in the summer 2007, we had no staff, just fanatical volunteers. In June 2008, Stuart Bailie (founding CEO)  and Charlotte Dryden became the centre’s first official workers. Since then, we have grown to eight core staff members who allow this amazing project to roll the way that it does.

In 2016 Oh Yeah entered a new phase. Stuart Bailie announced he would be moving on. In June Charlotte was appointed as CEO and in October Damien McAdams took up the new position of Operations Director.

Meet the full team:

Charlotte Dryden, Chief Executive. Key responsibilities: Creative and operational direction, project and staff management, finance and fund raising, advocacy and promoting awareness of Oh Yeah work, mission and values. Contact: charlotte@ohyeahbelfast.com

Damien McAdams, Operations Director. Key responsibilities: Operations direction, venue, staff, volunteer, events, utilities, finance, building management and room hire bookings. contact: dee@ohyeahbelfast.com
Charlene Hegarty, Talent Development and Projects Coordinator: Key projects: Scratch My Progress, Getting To Know, Volume Control, and special events (e.g. Women’s Work). Contact: charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com

Paul Kane, Outreach Development Officer. Key responsibilities: Music and Older People project management, outreach development, music facilitation and bus tour coordination. Contact: paul@ohyeahbelfast.com

Sian O Neill, Youth Engagement Manager. Key responsibilities: Youth outreach development, project and accreditation management. Key projects: More Volume, Volume Control, Capital XTRA Music Potential scheme and family friendly initiatives. Contact: sian@ohyeahbelfast.com

Sean Rickard, Venue support. Key responsibilities: Office and venue support, booking volunteers, venue maintenance, reception support. Contact: sean@ohyeahbelfast.com

Lisa Schofield, Finance Assistant. Key responsibilities: Invoicing and payments, Xero software and payroll admin, reception support. contact: finance@ohyeahbelfast.com
Ryan O Neill, Venue and Rehearsals Coordinator. Key responsibilities: Events preparation, stock control, building and venue maintenance, rehearsal rooms coordination, reception support. Contact: ryan@ohyeahbelfast.com

The Oh Yeah Board of Directors:

Shona McCarthy – Chair.
CEO, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Mike Edgar – Vice Chair.
Head of Entertainment and Events, BBC Northern Ireland.
John Davison – Secretary.
Associate Director, Engagement, Turley Consultancy.
Jeremy Fitch – Director.
Director, Invest Northern Ireland.
Gerard Murray -Director.
Head of Regeneration Sites Team, OFMDFM
Lynne McDowell – Director.
Head of Communication, PPL.
Ailish McKenna – Director.
Associate at Bray & Krais Law Firm.
Davy Elliott -Director.
Compliance Officer & Insured Risk Management for AES Corporation NI.

Gary Lightbody – Oh Yeah President

Previous members of the Oh Yeah Music Centre Board:

Ellie McGimpsey – Director and Chair
John Greer – Director
Lisa McElherron – Secretary (2008-2012) Chair (2013-2014)
Davy Matchett – Treasurer (2007-2014)
Maria McCourt – Director (2012-2014)
Gabriel McKenna – Director and Chair (2009-2013)
John D’Arcy – Chair (2008-2012)
Jimmy Symington – Director (2009-2011)
Martin Neill – Director (2007-2008)

Oh Yeah Tenants:

Start Together Studio

Contact: info@starttogetherstudio.com
Website: www.starttogetherstudio.com

Help Musicians NI

Contact:028 9023 3162
Website: www.helpmusicians.org.uk/about-us/help-musicians-northern-ireland

Afro Mic Productions

Contact: emma@afromicproductions.com
Website: www.afromicproductions.com

Big Wild

Contact: bigwildcollective@gmail.com
Website: www.bigwildcollective.com

Champion Sound and Quiet Arch

Contact: lyndon@championsoundmusic.com
Website: www.championsoundmusic.com

AVA Festival and Up Productions

Contact: info@avafestival.com
Website: www.avafestival.com

DSNT/Guerillia Shout

Contact: oisin@guerillashout.com
Website: www.dsntrecords.com

Moosetronix Mastering

Contact: jon@moosetronix.com
Website: www.moosetronix.com

Maverick Renegade

Contact: info@maverickrenegade.rocks
Website: www.maverickrenegade.rocks

Third Bar Artist Development

Contact: info@thirdbar.com
Website: www.thirdbar.co.uk

R’N’R Workshop

Contact: leif.b@me.com
Website: www.rocknrollworkshop.com

Belfast Metropolitan College

Website: www.belfastmet.ac.uk
Contact: info@belfastmet.com