Dr Verity Peet (Chair)

Verity has a wealth of experience in producing content for all platforms and is currently the General Manager of the arts and heritage centre The Portico of Ards. She is particularly interested in community regeneration through the arts and the value of strategic research. Her PhD is in Pervasive Media.

Nuala Toman (Vice Chair)

Nuala is the Head of Policy at Disability Action. Nuala has expertise within research, policy and the creative industries. She has experience in a range of senior roles of developing strategic plans and budgets, and dealing with public finance. She is a member of the Board of NI Museum Council, Council Member of CCMS, Chair of Breastival and Member of the Women’s Budget Group. Nuala is a former Board Member of the Education Authority.

Naomi Majury

Naomi is a Senior Manager within Allstate Northern Ireland. Her experience includes business optimisation and strategy development specialising in process and continuous improvement.

Fleur Mellor

Fleur’s background as a professional dancer working in the commercial, corporate and theatrical sectors has informed her career as a Choreographer & Producer. Her emphasis is on live work with strong theatrical influences, be it for a musical, fashion show, community engagement project or corporate event. With 20 years in the business, she works both freelance and for Peter Corry Productions.

Mark Walker

Mark is semi-retired and, up until recently, he was Finance Director at the international diagnostics organisation, Randox. Prior to this, Mark worked at Danske Bank in a number of senior positions including Corporate Finance. He continues to be involved with business through advisory work and non-executive roles. This includes board/trustee membership with NIACRO and National Museums NI.

John McElrone

John is an Associate Solicitor in Elliott Duffy Garret’s Corporate and Banking Department. He specialises in lending work across a range of institutional lenders and funders and advises on acquisitions, reorganisations and corporate governance across corporates, family-owned businesses, and public sector bodies, including charities.

Lisa Rea Currie

Lisa has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of heritage and community. Her particular area of interest is community-focussed heritage-led regeneration.

She currently works as a freelance Heritage Practitioner and for Positive Carrickfergus as a Creative Producer.

Margaret Henry

Margaret is Head of Engagement for the National Lottery Heritage Fund. She has worked in the cultural sector for over 30 years in a variety of roles involving marketing, strategic leadership and governance.

Conran McMullan

Conran is Consumer Insight & Experience Lead at Cancer Research UK. He is experienced in market research, market intelligence & strategy development within the charity sector.

Conran also has an academic background in Behavioural Economics & Business.

Jo Wright

Jo has worked in the music sector for over 20 years. She recent worked in The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and currently she works for Jo has worked in the music sector for over 20 years. She recent worked in The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and currently she works for Digital Catapult. Jo is also the vice chair of Safe in Sound.

Claire O'Connor

Claire is a Business Analyst within Invest NI, focusing on Corporate Reporting and Systems Development. She has over 5 years' experience in data analytics and visualisation, implementing data analysis techniques to derive meaningful business insights.

Emma McAleer

Emma has over 10 years’ experience working in the heritage sector. She is a Heritage Project Coordinator with the Rural Community Network and manages the ‘HEARTH project’ which aims to amplify rural heritage and rural communities.

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