Claire McLaughlin represents GMIT on the board. She has been a member of staff there, lecturing in Art and Design since 2000. Her work with the board includes the encouragement of students to volunteer with Music for Galway and to experience the live performance of classical music, often for the first time. Claire maintains her own art practice through the medium of clay. Her interest in music finds expression in singing. She has recently commenced a practice-led PhD which will explore the inclusion of song in her art practice.