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 Officer

Joanne joined the Foundation in 2005 after completing a BSc in Psychology at Queen's University, Belfast in June 2004. She has 14 years experience of working in the sector. 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.

Joanna Johnston, Grants Officer

Joanna joined the Foundation in 2014 and has experience working as a grant-maker in the Arts sector over the last 9 years. She has further experience working in the Further Education sector, supporting young people with additional learning needs.

Alan Kennedy, Finance and Administrative Officer

Alan joined the Foundation in 2017 having previously worked in the retail division for Lloyds Banking Group. He is currently studying towards an accountancy diploma and thoroughly enjoys putting his learning into practice. Alan takes pride in helping charities with their questions and queries on the assessment process.


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