David Torrens worked in the IT industry for over 34 years with leading company IBM. David held a number of positions mainly in the area of sales, product development and business operations. He has held European and Worldwide responsibilities, bringing him to live and work in London, Dublin and New York.
David was one of the founder members of the Business in the Community Board in Northern Ireland and chaired the original leadership team looking at the rehabilitation of ex-offenders. David was a member of the judging panel for the Northern Ireland Quality Awards for a number of years since its inception in 1991.
He has been involved in Investment Belfast as a board member as well as being a member of the Remuneration Committee and Chairman of their Knowledge Based Industries Impact Committee.
Dr Mark Durkin is Professor of Marketing in the Ulster University Business School where he currently focuses his teaching and research on the linkage between marketing and technology. Prior to joining Ulster University, Mark spent over a decade in various service, sales and strategic marketing roles within the Bank of Ireland Group. He has managed both academic and commercial marketing teams in higher education and financial services contexts.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing where he was previously awarded ‘Marketing Person of the Year.’ He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Banking in Ireland and a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. He has published over 50 peer reviewed academic papers and is an invited scholar to Babson College in Boston and Philadelphia University. He is also part of the ‘World Famous Scientist and Scholars Visit Hubei Programme’ in China.
Penny has a wealth of experience in the education and public sector in Northern Ireland.
After qualifying, Penny worked as a teacher in Belfast for twelve years before taking on the position of Education Officer in the South Eastern Education and Library Board. Penny then moved into the Higher Education sector working at both the University of Ulster and Queens University Belfast. Here Penny worked on a number of research projects focusing on her special interest areas of public policy and management. Specialist research projects included school governance, management in the public sector and outcomes for disadvantaged teenagers.
Since retiring, Penny has continued to positively impact on the education sector. Penny has acted as School Governor, undertaken annual evaluations for the Education and Library Boards and carried out ‘Schools Curriculum Awards’ assessments.
Penny is a Board member on both Bryson Care and Bryson LaganSports, enabling her to bring knowledge and passion around education and working with ‘hard to reach’ communities.
Brendan has experience in a number of care programmes though with a clear focus on children’s services. He has gained experience in a breadth of areas throughout his career including strategic management, policy formulation, governance, risk management, finance and human resources.
Brendan has worked as Assistant Director of Social Services at the Western Health Social Board, where he was responsible for commissioning children’s services and training. He has also been involved in a number or joint training initiatives with colleagues from CO3. Brendan was appointed as the first Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and was responsible for establishing the regulation of social care workers in Northern Ireland.
Brendan is a qualified social worker, has a Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA. Most recently, he completed the Top Management Programme run by the Kings Fund.
Since retiring in 2013, Brendan has taken a number of voluntary roles including becoming a member of the Extern Care Board in addition to Bryson Care.
Nuala joined Sangers NI Ltd, a subsidiary of United Drug plc, in 1994 as Company Accountant and was appointed a Director in 2002. Following the acquisition of Sangers NI Ltd by AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd (a member of the McKesson Group) in 2016 she now holds the post of Finance Director Sangers NI Ltd and NI Head of IT & Finance for AAH Pharmaceuticals Ltd T/A Sangers AAH with responsibility for a number of group companies in the pharmaceutical wholesale and medical & scientific sectors.
Nuala returned from London in 1990 from Harris Queensway plc to join the Northern Ireland heritage company Anderson & Mc Auley Ltd where she remained until its closure. Then followed a brief stint in insurance with Aon McMillen Ltd before joining Sangers.
As the only “bean counter” in a medical/scientific family Nuala has an interest in local health issues and has held positions on a number of Boards in the voluntary and community sector.