Reporting to the Bryson Charitable Group Board, the Executive Team meet regularly to plan policies, budgets and the strategic direction of the organisation.
John studied for a BA (Hon) Degree in Business Studies at the University of Ulster. He followed this with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the same university.
John has been employed by Bryson since 1985 and now holds the position of Chief Executive of the Bryson Group, which is one of the UK’s largest Social Enterprises and one of N Ireland’s oldest charities.
John is committed to the development and growth of social enterprise and leads the Bryson Group through its subsidiary companies, each leading in a range of social business markets, which include: social care; energy efficiency and fuel poverty; training services for people in unemployment; supporting ethnic minority families/communities and domestic recycling.
John is a Life Fellow of RSA, was acknowledged as the Northern Ireland and subsequently the UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in 2011; is a distinguished graduate of Ulster University; was awarded IoD (NI) Public and 3rd Sector Director of the Year 2012 and IoD UK Public and 3rd Sector Director of the Year in 2013 and was made a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management in 2016.
Director of Finance & Corporate Services
Brian studied at the University of Ulster for a BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting graduating in 1989. Following this he undertook professional study to complete the examinations of The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. Brian became a fellow of the Association in 2006.
After graduating in 1989, Brian took a gap year to travel the world, spending time in North America, Australia and South East Asia. Brian returned to Northern Ireland and worked as a management accountant for the National Health Service and eventually the Mater Hospital as part of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Trusts for 5 years. During this time Brian played a major role in the hospital attaining trust status.
In September 1995 he moved to Bryson taking up the post of Financial Controller and progressing to Chief Finance Officer. During this time Bryson has grown from a turnover of £2M and 200 staff to turnover of more than £35M and approximately 600 staff 2015.
Brian was also a founding Director of Shopmobility Belfast, a local Charity concerned with mobility for the physically impaired, where he remained for 20years.
Director Bryson Recycling
Eric graduated with a degree in Environmental Sciences and later with a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Eric has been involved in recycling industry for 25 years, initially with Bradford Waste Chasers and then with Bryson since 1992.
Eric started his career with Bryson by establishing a Province-wide collection service for aluminium cans. In 1998 he undertook market research and attracted significant funding for a pilot kerbside recycling programme which has now been rolled out to 170,000 households across Northern Ireland.
Eric has helped the company grow in reach and profile, gaining ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards, gold standard award for EFQM and Investors In People.
Eric believes that the quality of recyclable materials is key to the long term sustainability of recycling and that the economic benefits, derived from reprocessing, should be viewed as a strategic economic area of growth for NI.
Eric is a member of the DoE Waste Programme Board for Northern Ireland and a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. In 2006, Eric was awarded an MBE for “Services to Waste Management.”
Director Bryson FutureSkills
Liam is a graduate from Queens University and is Director of Bryson FutureSkills with over 25 years experience of managing training and employment programmes for young people and unemployed adults in the most deprived areas of Greater Belfast and Newtownabbey.
Liam currently has responsibility for DEL contracts Training for Success, ApprenticeshipsNI, ESF funded Young Persons Employment Initiative and Step into employment Programme. He also has part responsibility for the Social Investment Fund South Belfast Employability programme.
Liam also initiates and oversees other bespoke programmes to assist long term unemployed enter and sustain work.
Recently he had responsibility for programmes such as Steps to Work and Employment Support Service (Prime Contractor in 3 areas – North Belfast/ Newtownabbey, South & East Belfast and Foyle).
Liam is a member of the Bryson Group Executive Team and a Board member of the Social Economy Network. Liam also represented Bryson FutureSkills on the North Belfast Development Partnership and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Training for Success Forum. He is also the ex Chair of the Steps to Work / Employment Support Service Sub Contractors Forum.
Liam sits on the CBI Employment and Skills Committee and Minister Farry’s Stakeholder panel on the Review of Youth Training and Apprenticeships.
Director of Bryson Care and Bryson Intercultural
As a qualified social worker, Jo previously worked in the legacy North & West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust. Over the twelve years, Jo held a number of positions including a Social Worker, Senior Social Worker, Assistant Principal Social Worker and Operational Manager.
Jo joined Bryson on in 1994 and is Director of Bryson Care and Bryson Intercultural / An Munia Tober.
Jo has an MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy has a BA (Hons) History and Politics and is a professionally qualified Social Worker.
Director of Bryson Energy
Nigel Brady has over 20 years’ experience of programme management and delivery in Northern Ireland’s energy sector. He is currently Director of Bryson Energy, the regional energy agency for Northern Ireland and was previously Director of the Western Regional Energy Agency & Network Ltd. (WREAN).
Nigel is currently on the Steering Group of the Fuel Poverty Coalition and was the founding Chairman of Drumlin Wind Energy Cooperative, Northern Ireland’s first Wind Energy Cooperative. He is also a former Member of the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and provided secretariat for the All-Party Group on Energy, established 2008 at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
Head of Bryson LaganSports
Siobhan obtained a business studies degree from the University of Ulster in Jordanstown. Having previously worked in the public, private and third sector she was appointed as Head of Bryson LaganSports in April 2013.
Siobhan’s previous employment included Prince’s Trust as part of its Senior Management Team, responsible for the development and delivery of its programmes for disadvantaged young people. Siobhan has also worked as a freelance business consultant and has a Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.
Senior Manager, Business Improvement Unit
Lynn is responsible for the Business Improvement team in Bryson, which also incorporates PR & Communications.
She has worked at Bryson since 1989, developing her career through a number of different roles. With the support of Bryson she graduated from the University of Ulster in 2006 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies. Lynn has been working in quality and business improvement since 1998; initially focused on developing and imbedding Investors in People standards and practice across all Group Companies. In 2005 the Group made a commitment to embark on a journey to excellence and to drive this, Lynn developed and implemented an excellence strategy which incorporated business improvement tools and quality management systems, such as the EFQM Excellence Model, Customer Service Excellence and Balanced Scorecard, to underpin and demonstrate the delivery of excellent services. More recently she has worked with the University of Ulster through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to develop an innovative social value measurement framework. Lynn is also an Accredited EFQM Assessor and an ILM Certificated Trainer.