Shane joined Quaker Service as Chief Executive in June 2020, a Quaker charity which provides support for people in Northern Ireland going through difficult times. Quaker Service provides intensive family support programmes at Quaker Cottage on Black Mountain in Belfast, youth and advocacy programmes, prisoner support services across the NI prison estate, and also manages Quaker Care, a social enterprise in south Belfast. Prior to this, Shane spent 20 years as the Director of Ardoyne Youth Enterprise, an innovative youth and community development organisation and there he led on various ground-breaking youth, good-relations and regeneration projects. Married with two daughters, Shane has an honours degree in Fine Art, an advanced diploma in sustainable investment in the third sector, is a former officer in the National student movement and a lifelong supporter of Manchester City football club.
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.
Stephen is an experienced Senior Business Development Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. He is skilled and experienced in social enterprise, business planning, coaching, entrepreneurship, strategic planning and partnership working.
Stephen is a strong business professional with an honours degree in psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Management Studies and is a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in International Business from University of Ulster.
He has 40 years of experience in the community and voluntary sector and 15 years of public sector senior management experience. For the last 20 years he has managed and delivered social enterprise support the sector on behalf of Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency. Stephen has managed the Invest NI Community Business Start-Up and Social Entrepreneurship Programmes in the Southern Region, Newry LSP’s social enterprise programme, the Department for Communities South Eastern Social Enterprise Hub and Newry Mourne and Down District Council’s social enterprise programme.
Stephen has provided consultancy support to numerous private sector businesses under the Start a Business, Tradelinks and Leader Rural Development Programmes.
Stephen has a wide breath of experience working on the boards of a number of social enterprises and community based organisations and represents NMEA on various DEA and community planning fora.
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.