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Board & Staff

Nigel Kinnaird, Chairman

Chairman, DTNI


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

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.


John McMullan

Chief Executive, Bryson Charitable Group

John studied for a BA (Hon) Degree in Business Studies at the University of Ulster. He followed this with a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the same university.

After an initial 10 years of employment in local manufacturing John has been employed by Bryson since 1985 and now holds the position of Chief Executive. John now heads N Irelands leading social enterprise operating through 7 subsidiary companies each leading in a range of social business markets, which include social care; energy efficiency & fuel poverty; training services for people in unemployment; supporting ethnic minority families/communities and domestic recycling. He has led the repositioning of the Bryson Brand and overseen the significant growth of the Group, which currently employs 650 staff with a turnover circa £30m per annum (2010/11).

John has been the Northern Ireland representative on the national Landfill Tax Credit Forum to advise HM Revenue & Customs and the scheme Regulator on the operation of the scheme. John is Vice Chair & Hon Treasurer of the Belfast Healthy Cities, Hon Treasurer and founder member Belfast Hills Partnership; a Board member of Work West Ltd; Chairs the Visiting Panel on Sustainability at the University of Ulster; Chairs DoE's N I Climate Change Impact Partnership; and holds board positions within Bryson Recycling Ltd; Lagan Watersports Ltd; North City Training Ltd; is a member of DFP's (CPD) Social Enterprise Procurement Working Group and was a member of the ministerial (DSD) Taskforce on resourcing the Voluntary and Community Sector. More recently, John assisted with the development of the Assembly's All Party Group on Energy, which he attends and has agreed to join the recently formed N I Consumer Council's Energy Advisory Group for CEOs chaired by Lord Whitty.

John was appointed by the Minister at the Department for Social Development as the first Chairman of the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Advisory Group & interdepartmental Group on Fuel poverty until 2009, was a member of the Minister's Fuel Poverty Taskforce and appointed by the Minister of State at the Department of Communication, Energy & Natural resources (Republic of Ireland) as a board member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (Sustainable Energy Ireland) 1999-2007. 

He was elected a life Fellow of RSA in 2007; and in 2009 elected to the RSA Fellowship Council representing Ireland. John was awarded an MBE in the 1998 Birthday Honours List. In 2009 John was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award 2009/10 by the University of Ulster.


Helen Quigley

Managing Director, Inner City Trust

Helen Quigley is a Fellow of the Institute of Accounting Technicians. Having worked in an accountancy practice in Derry for 30 years, Helen is a former Councillor and Mayor of Derry (2006-07) and served as President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) in 2008-09. As a Public Representative, Helen held various positions both on Derry City Council and outside bodies.

She was appointed Managing Director of Inner City Trust in January 2011 and sits on the Board of the Development Trusts Northern Ireland, is a member of Academy of Urbanism and was recently appointed to the Council of University of Ulster and the Board of Locality UK.  Helen sits on the steering group of Headliners (youth media group) and is a member of the charity Action with Effect. She is married to Vincent and is currently Captain of the North West Golf Club. Helen is a Freeman of the City of London.

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