Olwen is a leading Policy Analyst and Consultant, with an established track record in developing and implementing equality, diversity and inclusion projects, and since 2017, a number of policies and strategies in the arts and culture sector. Notably, this has included the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy and the National Library of Ireland’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy. Olwen is an Associate Consultant of the Institute of Public Administration, and guest lectures on their Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality. In 2021, Olwen was Project Advisor on both the Speak Up: A Call for Change and Dignity Matters reports on experiences of harmful workplace behaviour in the arts and legal professions.
Olwen holds a BA (Hons) in Industrial Relations, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Science, Public Policy Analysis, an MEconScience in Public Policy Analysis and a Professional Certificate in Governance. Olwen is a former Board member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), the Lyric Theatre (Belfast), Poetry Ireland and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, and was Chair of the Policy Research Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), she currently serves on the Board of Women’s Aid.