Julie Byers – Chairperson
Julie Byers is a Solicitor employed in Northern Ireland’s Government Legal Service. Julie has been a member of the Law Society’s Children Order Panel and the Northern Ireland Central Authority’s International Children’s Law Panel. She is a qualified Collaborative Lawyer and also has an interest in the area of special educational needs. Julie is foremost a wife and mother of two and in her spare time enjoys sailing flying fifteens as a life long member of Portaferry Sailing Club.
Dr Keith Agnew (Chief Executive – United Feeds Ltd) – Secretary
After graduating from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1989, Keith spent 3 years at the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (now AFBI) studying for a PhD in dairy cow nutrition. He has studied Leadership in Management with the Leadership Trust and holds a Diploma in Management from the University of Ulster, and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Keith joined United Feeds in 2002 as Business Development Director and was appointed Chief Executive in 2013. United Feeds is a part of the United Dairy Farmers group, which is the largest milk processor in Northern Ireland and owned by approximately 1600 dairy farmers.
He is a member of the advisory board for the Canadian company, Fermentrics, is current President of the Northern Ireland Institute of Agricultural Science, a Director of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association and a member of the NIFCC Certification Committee.
His interests outside of work include Rugby and Golf.
Jill McKee – Treasurer
Jill is the Director of Finance for Tourism Northern Ireland, joining the organisation in 2013 as Finance Manager. Prior to working in Tourism NI, she spent 10 years in the Financial Services Industry as a Financial Analyst after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.
Jill is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.
Jo Scott - Board Member
Jo Scott is a well-known TV presenter. She has been a journalist and broadcaster with BBC NI for almost twenty years and has worked across a wide variety of programmes from news, current affairs, travel and lifestyle.
Away from news Jo is currently filming the sixth series of ‘Home Ground’ the BBC’s flagship rural affairs programme. She has also been the face of ‘Children in Need’ for the past 5 years.
As well as work on screen, Jo is an established face on the Northern Ireland events circuit. Married with two children in her spare time Jo likes running, singing and yoga.
Caroline McCarthy - Board Member
Caroline has been a teacher in Glenveagh School for the last 19 years, working with children and young adults aged 8-19 who all have severe learning difficulties. It’s an exciting learning environment, getting to see the enjoyment and fulfilment that the arts can give to all the pupils. Caroline moved to Belfast with her husband over 24 years ago after living in London (growing up watching all the West End shows). She loves travelling to get the sun and surf and embracing the Belfast climate, walking in all weathers with her dog and standing at the sidelines cheering on her son and his team.
Stephen Bogan - Board Member
Since 2008, Stephen Bogan has been owner, MD and Head of Strategy at Genesis, a leading and multi award-winning advertising & design agency based in Belfast. Stephen graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1996 and then completed a Masters in Advertising, Communication and PR at UUJ. In the decade following, he worked in senior roles in two of the top 5 advertising agencies in Dublin, before returning to Belfast in 2007. Stephen is a doting dad of two young boys, and enjoys attempting to keep up with them on the football pitch and playing guitar, though not at the same time.
Paul Jordan - Board Member
Paul has been with the Community Relations Council since 1998 and has been its Director for Funding & Development for around the last 8 years. Paul has previously held a number of youth work roles many of which included writing and producing a range of theatre pieces with particular focus on the themes of peace building. He still volunteers at different youth events and when not dreaming of winning cup finals, the lottery and racing rally cars, Paul has three children to keep his feet on the ground.
Ellen McKenna - Board Member
Ellen is Head of Drama in Wellington College, Belfast, where she has taught English and Drama for 20 years. Ellen graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1999 and later completed a Masters degree in drama during which she was struck by the diversity of theatre practice in Northern Ireland, and in particular, how theatre can be used as a tool for creating positive and sometimes transformative effects on the lives of young people. She strives to pass on her passion for theatre to her students and enjoys directing a wide variety of school productions. Ellen is also a busy mum to three children and when she manages to get a few hours to herself she loves to spend it outdoors enjoying the countryside.