Trustees

Imelda McMillan - Chair

Imelda became a Partner in O`Reilly Stewart in 2000 and is currently the Staff Director, 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 2011/12. She is also on the Board of Women in Business, NI. Imelda is married, with two children and lives in Jordanstown. She is an ardent fundraiser for a number of Northern Ireland charities, previously raising £10,000 for the Friends of Montgomery House and £10,000 when participating in a “Strictly Come Dancing” event for Tiny Life in collaboration with the Law Society.

Paula Leathem - Deputy Chair

Paula Leathem is the Senior HR Business Partner for Northern Ireland Electricity Networks. Having worked in the organisation for over 33 years she has held a number of positions within the Customer Services area before moving into the HR function in 2003. A key member of the Senior Leadership team Paula leads a team of HR Professionals in the organisation.. Her own specialist areas are change management and implementation, 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. Paula lives in Carrickfergus and is married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Gillian Boyd

Gillian Boyd is the Deputy Manager for Cedar Foundation Youth Matters Service, a regional service for young people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injury and Autism. Gillian has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 18 years with a background in detached youth work, community relations facilitation and specialises in developing personal and social development interventions for young people with disabilities. Gillian has previously sat on the board of Northern Ireland Children’s Enterprise (NICE) and served as Chairperson with Families Achieving Change Together (FACT) a cross-community victims and survivors charity. Gillian is has an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Management and is currently undertaking a MSc Autism studies at Queens University Belfast alongside completing ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring.

Melvin Slaine

Melvin has worked for Lloyds Banking Group since 1994. He leads the Blackhorse Distribution Team in Northern Ireland. Responsible for P&L, Risk, Compliance and Sales Objectives via intermediary relationships. Melvin worked with the Halifax Foundation in 2017 to set up phase one of the mentor programme – which matched colleagues to charities funded by the Foundation to provide mentoring to a key member of staff. He was also instrumental in supporting the Foundation to set up Financial Literacy training for charities.

John Leckey

John Leckey was educated at Friend’s School, Lisburn and Queen’s University Belfast graduating LL.B (Hons) in 1971. He qualified as a solicitor in 1974 practicing in conveyancing and commercial law. In 1984 he was appointed Deputy Corner for Greater Belfast and to the full-time post of Coroner for Greater Belfast in 1992. In 2006 he was appointed Senior Corner for Northern Ireland. In 1992 he graduated LL.M in Human Rights and Emergency Law from Queens University Belfast. In 1997 he was appointed the first Northern Ireland Commission Member of the Criminal Cases Review Commission which investigates alleged miscarriages of justice. He is the co-author of Coroners' Law and Practice in Northern Ireland. In 2015 Ulster University conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Laws (Hon. Causa). He retired as Senior Coroner in 2015 and was created an Honorary Member of the "Coroners’ Society of England and Wales". He was awarded the 2015 First Trust Bank Queens’ University Graduate of the Year. John is currently on the board of Radius Housing, and is also a lay member of the ethics committee of the Faculty of Engineering and the Physical Sciences.

Áine McCoy

Áine is the HR Business Partner for Lloyds Banking Group in NI, she has held this role since 2003 and prior to this, worked with in both the Private and Public Sector in HR. She is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a Graduate of the University of Ulster.

Barry Connolly

Barry Connolly is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience. He trained with KPMG in Belfast, before working with PwC for several years. He is currently Finance Director with Community Finance Ireland who provide social finance lending to charities, social enterprises, and third sector organisations across the island of Ireland. Barry is a native of County Fermanagh but has been living in Belfast for a number of years. Barry is also a trustee of Victim Support Northern Ireland and heads up their Finance, Audit, Risk, and Remuneration Committee.

Ken Simpson

Ken Simpson is an accountant and for over 40 years worked in the media sector, 35 of which were as Finance Director of Belfast Telegraph Newspapers. In addition, he has a degree in Economics (Hons) from Queens University and an MBA (distinction) from the University of Ulster. In 2010 Ken moved to the voluntary sector and has held various finance roles with several leading Northern Ireland charities, including Young Enterprise, RNIB and the Red Cross. He is also a Trustee of a number of well known charities, as well as being a Trustee Director of a large pension fund. Ken’s main skills and experience are in the areas of finance, governance, risk management, change management, strategy development, operational planning, board and committee meetings and procedures, and grant application, monitoring and control.

Michael Prendergast

Michael Prendergast is a Senior Fraud Manager with Lloyds Banking Group where he has worked since 2005. Prior to this he has held a number of technical roles in the Private Sector both in Ireland and abroad. Michael is a graduate of the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and is married with two teenage children. He is an active school governor since 2004 and Third Sector mentor.

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