Geri began her career in education in Grammar schools gaining seven years experience as a teacher before undertaking a two year secondment as a subject advisor with the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB). During this time, Geri gained an insight into a wide range of approached to teaching and learning across the spectrum of educational provision.
Geri then undertook a Masters degree in educaitonal management and soon after started up the first pupil referall unit in Northern Ireland, focusing on special education at the emotional and behavioural end of the spectrum.
In 2000, Geri was appointed Principal of Loughshore Educational Resource Centre, a purpose built facility catering for 11 – 17 year olds experiencing extremes of social, emotional, mental and behavioural problems.
Geri has a keen interest in the areas of Attention Deficit Disorder and Austistic Spectrum Disorders and has presented globally on these areas, being invited to USA and New Zealand in her capacity to exchange good practise across continents.
Geri believes passionately in the concept of a “second chance” in life for young people who have experienced early adversity and learning disadvantage.
Claire has extensive expertise of the NI public, private and Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector globally.
Claire is Director of Community Programmes in Business at the Community Northern Ireland, a membership organisation for companies committed to doing business responsibly and working together on societal issues where they can make a real difference. As Director of Community Programmes, Claire oversees programmes to engage businesses to support regeneration in NI communities as well as raising aspirations among children and young people in terms of preparation for entering the workplace. Claire has extensive experience building relationships and partnerships between disadvantaged groups and a host of corporate, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
Prior to joining Business in the community Claire worked for Voluntary Services Bureau (now Volunteer Now), managing volunteer-led projects to improve the quality of life of isolated older people in Belfast. Claire also worked for international project management company NI-CO for 5 years, managing a portfolio of good governance, NGO and civil society reform projects.
A Chartered Accountant, Steven has over 15 years’ experience working for a number of leading firms.
Steven is currently Financial Controller with Beacon Security & Communications Limited. Until 2013, Steven was Company Accountant with the Harvey Group where his role as a key member of the Senior Executive team encompassed strategically leading on Finance, HR and IT functions. Steven has also worked at JP Corry, BT and PwC and has extensive experience improving financial processes, and with day-to-day financial management accountabilities. As an experienced manager, Stephen enjoys motivating and training a successful and productive team.
Steven is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors.
Eileen’s career in public life included senior roles with the Northern Ireland Civil Service and the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Foreign Office and the Hong Kong Police. Eileen is a Fulbright alumnus and has extensive board level experience gained through a lifelong commitment to the voluntary sector.
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