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Shane Whelehan

Director Ardoyne Youth Enterprise

Shane is the Director of Ardoyne Youth Enterprise, an innovative youth and community development organisation based in North Belfast. Advancing services for the local community, Shane is responsible for leading on strategic youth, community and regeneration initiatives in close collaboration with community and government partners. Having worked with AYE since 2000, he has been responsible for the formation of numerous local initiatives including Ardoyne Community Transport, the Youth Congress of Ardoyne & Marrowbone, Ballysillan Ardoyne Transport Services and leads on a number of key good-relations and regeneration projects. Shane sits on Crumlin Ardoyne Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and is the chair of its Youth working-Group in addition to sitting on the management committees of Glenbrook Surestart, and the North Belfast Strategic Good Relations Partnership. Married with two daughters, Shane has an honours degree in Fine Art, is a former officer in the National student movement and a lifelong supporter of Manchester City football club.

Nigel Kinnaird

Property director

Nigel qualified as a chartered surveyor in London in 1987. He is Property Director for Alburn, a private company with significant interests in Ireland and the UK. Prior to this he was Investment Director at Dunloe Ewart plc.

Prior to his involvement with DTNI, Nigel was independent chair of the Colin Neighbourhood Partnership which is responsible for neighbourhood renewal in outer west Belfast.

Nigel is married with four children and lives in Co. Down.

Lauri McCusker, Treasurer

Director, Fermanagh Trust

Lauri McCusker is Director of the Fermanagh Trust - the first county-wide Community Foundation in either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. The Trust which was established in 1995, supports community and voluntary activity in County Fermanagh and the County's hinterlands. The Foundation has a range of named funds including the Joan Trimble Awards Scheme, the Greg Turley Bursary Awards, the Fisher Foundation and two geographical based funds - The Killesher & Cleenish Community Care Fund and the Callagheen Wind Farm Fund. The Trust is also responsible for developing and implementing the Fermanagh Shared Education Programme.

The Fermanagh Trust has established and developed a number of social enterprises including Fermanagh House a successful office and meeting venue in the hear of Enniskillen. Lauri has also played a key role supporting a number of successful social enterprises across County Fermanagh and is currently Chairman of the Development Media Workshop a social enterprise that uses media and creative processes to highlight social development and environmental issues.

Lauri represents the Fermanagh Trust on a number of regional and national organisations.


Helen Quigley

Managing Director, Inner City Trust

elen Quigley is Chief Executive Officer of Inner City Trust Group, a member of Academy of Urbanism and the governing body of Ulster University; Chair of Fashion and Textile Design Centre, Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough of Londonderry, Freeman of the City of London and recently elected Vice Chair of the Heritage Trust Network.

Helen is also a Fellow of the Institute of Accounting Technicians and worked in an accountancy practice in Derry for 30 years. She is a former councillor and Mayor of Derry (2006-07) and served as the president of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) in 2008-09.  As a public representative, Helen has held various positions both on Derry City Council and outside bodies.

In her spare time Helen likes to read, walk and golf; she was Captain of North West Golf Club in 2013.

Eileen Murphy

Chief Executive Women's Aid Armagh Down

Eileen has spent over 15 years developing the growth and extension of Women’s Aid support services throughout the Southern & South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust areas.  In this time, she increased the size and scope of Women’s Aid Armagh Down and the geographical area of service delivery for the organisation.

Through her leadership, Women’s Aid Armagh Down has a significant understanding and expertise in the area of the impact and trauma within a victim’s experience of domestic / sexual violence perpetrated on women, children and young people.

Eileen’s determination to ensure the provision of the right outcomes focused environment for staff and service users is an essential aspect of her leadership and she strives to continuously improvement in these areas.  

Eileen has championed the UN Declaration of the Elimination of Violence Against Women, she holds an Honour’s degree in Psychology, Diploma in Leadership and Management, Certificate in Human Resources plus post graduate qualifications within trauma, psychotherapy, and counselling.

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