Brenda McMullan, Executive Director

Brenda began her career at Proteus NI Ltd in 2002, supporting projects funded through the Peace II Programme, before moving to the Lloyds Foundation for NI. Brenda’s passion for the Third Sector has seen her progress from Grants Officer in 2008 to holding Grants Manager and Foundation Manager positions and more recently being appointed as Executive Director. During her employment, Brenda managed the transformation of Lloyds Foundation for NI to the Halifax Foundation for NI, leading new and innovative initiatives to give small charities not only financial support to deliver projects aiding the most vulnerable in society, but direct support to enable growth, build confidence and capacity of charity leaders. With a strong background in monitoring and evaluation, Brenda has introduced new monitoring and evaluation systems, which best capture the impact of grants awarded.

Joanne Byrne, Grants Manager

Joanne joined the Foundation in 2005 after completing a BSc in Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast in June 2004. She has held various roles within the Foundation over 17 years, including 13 years as Grants Officer and most recently, Grants Manager. Previous employment included the Housing Executive and various companies in the private sector. She enjoys working with the different charities who apply for funding, giving advice and support where required.

Niall Corry, Grants Officer

Niall originally joined the team as a Grants Officer in 2016 and has rejoined us again in 2017. He has over 16 years’ experience in the sector having previously worked as a Case Officer for a European Union Funding Body. During this time he has gained an in-depth knowledge of the third sector and the issues that they face in the current funding climate. He has a passion for his work and likes to ensure that all funds are distributed in a fair and equitable manner.

Caroline Fulton, Grants Officer

Caroline commenced employment with the Foundation in 2008 after completing a degree in Business Studies from the University of Ulster in Jordanstown. She has had previous experience in the private sector with organisations such as First Trust Bank and The Europa Hotel.

Cara Dixon, Administrative Officer

Cara joined the foundation in April 2020, having worked in the Community and Voluntary Sector for four years. She has a passion for the Community and Voluntary Sector and the extraordinary work done by charities in Northern Ireland. Cara is also studying towards a Masters in Social Science Research following her undergraduate degree in Sociology with Criminology and hopes to use the knowledge and experience gained to improve menstrual stigma, eradicate period poverty and continue to support the Sector she holds so dear.

Debbie Taylor, Grants Officer

Debbie joined the Foundation in May 2019 as a Grants Officer. She has a strong background in financial services, having started her career in 1994 with Northern Bank where she spent 16 years, primarily in the debt recovery field. She completed a Financial Services Degree in 2006 and is also a qualified Mortgage Advisor. She then spent 10 years in Local Government as a Policing and Community Safety Partnership Officer and Community Development Officer where she gained significant project management experience within the community sector. Debbie has significant experience in the monitoring and evaluation of projects and enjoys working with groups to ensure that key objectives are met and projects are delivered on time and within budget.


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