• Maria Moynihan Lee

    Managing Director

    As Managing Director of Milestone, Maria develops and fosters client, partner and sponsor relationships, ensuring the vision of projects and productions is executed to the highest standard. Currently, Milestone is the national coordinator for Culture Night and Cruinniú na nÓg, and also produces the flagship Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, now in its 68th year. Milestone further specialises in feasibility research and economic impact evaluation and has delivered tourism marketing campaigns.

    Past Milestone productions include ‘A Nation’s Voice’ 1916 Centenary concert at Collins Barracks in partnership with the Arts Council and RTÉ, involving a choir of 1,000 and the National Symphony Orchestra; The Playboy of the Western World - The Musical, The Tall Ships Races Dublin 2012 and coordination of National Heritage Week.

    Maria has been centrally involved in the festivals and events sector in Ireland since 2000, beginning her career in this field as CEO of Ireland’s St Patrick's Festival. She went on to serve as Festival Director of the Volvo Ocean Race Galway in 2009 before co-founding Milestone Inventive in 2011

  • Katie Shackleton

    Creative Director

    As Co-Founder and Creative Director of Milestone Inventive, Katie has overseen programming, event planning and delivery, and the commissioning of suppliers and performers for Milestone's in-house productions over the last decade. Katie also has a strong background in research and evaluation, working with clients including Gaillimh le Gaeilge, The Heritage Council, the IRFU, and Galway County Council in this capacity, focussing primarily on consumer trends, audience behaviour and economic impact. Most recently Katie has begun working in the area of creative film production for Milestone, producing the 2021 Culture Night video and TV ad which captured the zeitgeist of the return to cultural gatherings.

    Katie has been working in the events and cultural sector since 2006 in the areas of event marketing, programming, PR, planning and production. She has also worked as a consultant in marketing and market research, as well as statistical analysis and evaluation.

    She is currently on leave for the remainder of 2022.

  • Fiona Lawless

    Operations Manager

    Since joining the Milestone team in 2011 Fiona has managed end to end operations in all of their productions. She has worked on numerous national projects including Cruinniú na nÓg, Culture Night, the Papal Visit in 2018, National Heritage Week, A Nation’s Voice and stretching back to The Volvo Ocean Race in 2009 as well as being involved in Milestone’s own productions The Galway Summer Garden, The Galway Christmas Market and Playboy of the Western World, A Musical.
    Her role with Milestone centres on logistics, production and people management, including staff and volunteers. Recently she has specialised in planning and permit applications, liaison with statutory bodies, online booking & registration systems and web maintenance and online advertising.

    Fiona has over 20 years’ experience in the arts, culture and theatre sector in operations and project management. She has worked as a school liaison and BEAST! project coordinator with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, as front of house manager with Druid theatre and was also volunteers manager with Food on the Edge, a two-day symposium that takes place annually in Ireland for chefs and food enthusiasts. She has also worked with St Patrick’s Festival Galway, coordinating communications and social media.

  • Susan McGrady

    Project Manager

    Susan runs the day-to-day administration for Milestone as well as general communications and social media. Since joining the team in 2021, she has worked on ‘Playboy the Musical’, Culture Night and Night Visions 2021, The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, Cruinniú Na nÓg, and The Galway Christmas Market.

    Susan studied Media, Public Relations and Business Enterprise but her main strengths derive from her campaign experience, which included the management of all aspects of both national and local election campaigns and referendums. She was the owner of MerchAddicts, a merchandise company specialising in alternative approaches to campaigning and has designed and produced art for hundreds of badges. She came to Milestone via The Galway Film Fleadh, where she was involved in volunteer management, running the volunteer crew for the Galmont Industry Events and the Junior Film Fleadh.

  • Ava Kavanagh

    Creative Producer

    Her role within Milestone involves social media strategy development, media outreach, project and event coordination and strategy as well conducting market research for various projects.

    Ava studied Law and Business in NUIG specialising in areas such as Copyright , Intellectual Property as well as Business Strategy and Marketing. She combines her business background with a passion for coordinating and facilitating creative projects and events. Ava previously worked primarily in the food industry working as a project coordinator and media liaison for Jess Murphy , owner of the award winning Kai restaurant. Here, she worked on multiple national projects and campaigns with NEFF, the Irish Times, Musgraves Group, Irish Socksciety and Blasta Books. She has also worked freelance in business development across a range of sectors helping founders and new businesses develop their brand narrative and business management strategy, helping to offer a fresh client centred approach.




  • Holly Buckley

    Creative Producer

    Holly’s current role at Milestone combines her artistic background and extensive creative production experience. During her short time at Milestone, Holly has worked with us on Ceol an Fhómhair, Culture Night and the Oyster Festival. Specifically, Holly developed the concept for the photocall for the Culture Night launch and worked on the Culture Night and Oyster Festival wrap videos.

    Before joining Milestone, Holly worked as the programme assistant for the 34th Galway Film Fleadh. She is also a recent graduate from NUIG, holding a MA degree in Film Studies: Theory & Practice where she specialised in Screenwriting. Her thesis script ‘Hold, please’ was a finalist for the Stowe Story Labs fellowship 2022.

    Holly is the co-founder of Cinephile Paradiso, a monthly cinema discussion group that celebrates and screens classic films, held at Pálás Cinema. She is also co-hosting and producing the Cinephile Paradiso recap podcast with her partner. Holly is also the co-host, writer, and producer of the pop culture podcast Break it Down. In April 2022, Break it Down was employed by the University of Utrecht to teach a two day ‘Introduction to Podcasting’ workshop to staff, students, and alumni.

  • Karen Hillery