The growth and success of the Community Foundation is due in no small part to the knowledge and dedication of our Trustees, past and present. Their contribution has been a key element in our journey that began in 1979.
Adrian has been involved with the Community Voluntary Sector for 25 years across reconciliation and youth work activities. Recognising that over time considerable progress has been made on reconciling various sections of Northern Irelands community. However, social and economic deprivation continues to exist and impact on the most vulnerable within our society.
As society changes new life challenges, vulnerability and prejudice arise for many diverse individuals, groups and community’s in our society. Public and private sector funding for community based projects has continued to reduce over the past number of years. Adrian firmly believes that the role of CFNI will be crucial in further enhancing social cohesion and ensuring everyone in NI understands their role in advancing our collective community.
Ciaran is Solicitor Advocate at Phoenix Law specialising in the areas of equality, human rights and family law. He has a reputation in the area of judicial review with a particular emphasis on strategic litigation. He believes the use of strategic litigation and ensuring access to the court system promotes equality and brings about legal change making Northern Ireland a more equitable place for those who are marginalised.
Claire is Head of Sales and Marketing for PwC in Northern Ireland. She has been with PwC for over 20 years working in a number of capacities including advising organisations on availability of grant support and helping submit applications for funding. She is an advocate of “giving back” to our communities and is a volunteer with SOS Bus and a volunteer swimming teacher.
Anticipating a new dawn for Belfast, David is raising £50m locally and internationally to invest in Grade A offices. He is currently Vice Chair of the Washington Ireland Program and CBI NI, as well a non-executive director of CBI nationally. David is Chair of Sports Changes Life and is on the board of Business in the Community NI, East Side Partnership and a trustee of the MAC.
Born in Kenya, spending his formative years in Dublin, and more than twenty years working in London in finance, David and Helen now live in Belfast and have 8 children ranging from 26 to 5.
Fred retired in 2008 after over 30 years in various roles with Northern Ireland Housing Executive. He has worked in a voluntary capacity with a wide range of community organisations. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Quaker Service, an organisation providing family support services and working in the criminal justice sector.
Gráinne has over 20 years experience in the field of marketing, strategic relationship building and public affairs. She has worked in BT for more than 12 years, in both public sector marketing and public affairs before working in her current role in corporate responsibility. She is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and has previously served on the board of CIM Ireland.
Jane trained as a doctor and worked in public health. She holds a firm belief in community development and has a long term commitment to improving the social and economic determinants of health. She was the first Chief Executive of the Institute of Public Health set up to promote cooperation across the island of Ireland. She was a founding member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, a cross community political group, and took part in the all party talks which led to the Belfast Agreement.
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