Pictured (L to R): James Grant (former trustee), Richard Buckley, Janet Leckey, Paula Leathem, Tony Reynolds (former chairman), Hugh Donnelly, Janine Donnelly, Jim McCooe, Robert Agnew (former trustee).
Dr Brian Scott - Chairman
Brian Scott worked in publishing and international Agri-business for many years, and later held the role of Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland. He serves on several local and public charity boards including currently holding the role of Chairman of Meningitis Research Foundation for the UK and Ireland.
Imelda McMillan - Deputy Chairman
Imelda became a Partner in O'Reilly Stewart in 2000 and is currently the Staff Partner, responsible for all personnel matters within the firm. She is Head of the Property Department and specialises in Reconstruction of Title, house building developments, apartment schemes including site acquisitions and all aspects of property law. She was president of the Law Society of Northern Ireland in 2011/2012. She is also a Board member of Women in Business, NI. Imelda is married, with two children and lives in Jordanstown. She is actively involved in her church, serving on the Finance Committee and is an ardent fundraiser for a number of Northern Ireland charities, previously raising £10,000 for the Friends of Montgomery House.
Richard Buckley is Editor & Publisher of Business Eye magazine and a Director of Golden Eye Events Ltd, organisers of the annual UTV Business Eye Awards. He is a regular commentator on business and economic affairs in Northern Ireland. A career journalist, Richard has worked with the Morton Newspapers Group and with Belfast Telegraph Newspapers. His career has also included a period in public relations/marketing as a Director for the Manley Group.
Hugh Donnelly is a Chartered Accountant with broad experience in the financial services industry. He has held leadership roles within the Corporate Banking and Asset Finance markets and is presently Northern Ireland Regional Director for Certus. He is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast.
Janine Donnelly is a Local Director for Halifax in Belfast and East Coast, part of Lloyds Banking Group and has spent most of her working life within Senior Management positions of Leeds Permanent, Halifax, Sainsbury's Bank and HBOS. She is also an Assessor on the Lloyds Banking Group Talent Development Programme.
Mary Keightley is co-founder, speaker and coach Mind Associates LLC, a leadership training company which operates in both London, UK and Tampa USA. Mary previously worked in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in various management roles and the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin as a Training Specialist. She is passionate about learning and development and specializes in mental toughness in the medical field for doctors and for women in leadership positions. She loves travel and spends her time between the USA, England and Northern Ireland, she is married and has 2 dogs Presley and Priscilla.
Paula Leathem is currently the Senior HR Business Partner for Northern Ireland Electricity. Having worked in the organisation for 28 years she has held a number of positions within the Customer Services area before moving into the HR function in 2003. She currently leads a team of HR Professionals in the organisation with overall responsibility for all HR Operations. Her own specialist areas are organisational and personal development, employee engagement and coaching & mentoring. Paula is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute Personnel and Development. She is a University of Ulster graduate and also has successfully completed a Coaching & Mentoring Certificate at Queens University Belfast and an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management.
Janet Leckey had a career in social work and in research in higher education. She served on the Board of the Health Promotion Agency for Northern Ireland (HPAN) and was a volunteer for 26 years with Cruse Bereavement Care. Currently she sits as a Lay Magistrate and is a lay assessor with the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS). She is one of two of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland Trustees who represent the Foundation on the Board of Giving NI.
Jim McCooe is currently head of Region for Telephone Banking in NI and has spent most of his working life in Senior management positions within HBOS and Lloyds Banking Group. Following inception of the new Lloyds Banking Group in 2009, he was appointed as the Group's Regional Ambassador for Northern Ireland. Jim is a graduate of Durham University and is married with two grown-up children. He is an active volunteer in his local church and local Football Club.
Áine is the HR Business Partner for Lloyds Banking Group in NI, she has held this role for 12 years and prior to this worked within both the Private and Public Sector in HR. She is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Graduate of the University of Ulster.