Profile of Directors

Board Profiles

Colm Cavanagh (President):  Colm Cavanagh BCL LLB is a solicitor who has worked locally in Community and Economic Development, as well as with the UN Development Program in Tanzania, East Africa.  A former board member and Chairperson of NICIE, he has promoted integrated education since the 1970’s. He is co-chair of the Foyle Trust for Integrated Education, which opened Oakgrove Integrated Primary School in 1991, Oakgrove Integrated College in 1992 and Oakgrove Integrated Nursery in 1993. A founding governor of Oakgrove Integrated College, Derry~Londonderry; he is currently a governor of Roe Valley Integrated Primary School, Limavady; and Chair of London-Derry Connections Ltd.  In 2007 he edited the first ever ‘International Directory of Joint Protestant-Roman Catholic Schools, Colleges and Universities”.   In January 2016 the Minister for Education appointed him to the 2-person panel of the Independent Review of Integrated Education.

Alan Henry, OBE,  Chair of the NICIE Board of Directors Alan has spent 25 years working as an HR professional, including 20 years as HR director for a large public body. He is currently the Independent Assessor of Complaints for the Public Prosecution Service and a Board Member of the Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration Board. He is a lay panellist for Industrial Employment Tribunals. Alan is a former Commissioner of the Equality Commission, the Human Rights Commission and the Civil Service Commission. He is a governor in the South East Regional College and a governor in Blackwater Integrated College. Alan was appointed chair of NICIE Board of Directors in December 2014.

Tim Webster joined the NICIE Board of Directors in 2012 as a trust representative for Foyle Trust for Integrated Education. He has been a Foundation Trust Governor on the Board of Governors for Oakgrove Integrated Primary School and Nursery since 1991 and has chaired the board since 1992. Now retired, Tim worked as a landscape architect, graphic designer and illustrator in the Northern Ireland Civil Service from 1973-2013.

Dermot MacCann now retired joined the NICIE board in 2012. He worked for the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulator (NIAUR) 2002-2012. He was  also a member of the Single Electricity Market (SEM) committee an all island body responsible for the regulation of electricity on the island of Ireland. Prior to 2002 he worked as a senior economist in OFMDFM, DETI and DFP. He is also a Director of BELTIE.

Nigel Arnold graduated from Stranmills University College in 1994, he has been teaching for 22 years and after gaining his headship qualifications in 2003 at 32 , has been the Principal of Glengormley Integrated Primary school since 2007.  Alongside his senior leadership role in Glengormley, he is also Chairperson of the associated Independent Pre-School Playgroup and has just recently secured substantial finance to lead and open a brand new Playgroup facility on site at Glengormley.  He is also an associate assessor for Stranmillis College and assists in UCAS interviews for teacher training and has also supported RTU with PQH candidate selection for headship training.  Nigel has represented Northern Ireland Principals at an International Leaders in Education Conference in Washington DC in 2014, organised by the Sutton Trust & Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and he continues to support the Nansen Model of Integrated Education in Skopje, Macedonia.

Eamon Quinn joined the NICIE Board in December 2014.  He has over twenty years’ experience as a manager, fundraiser and consultant within the arts and charities sectors in Northern Ireland. He has worked for organisations including Tinderbox Theatre Company, Queen’s University of Belfast, Arts Care and War on Want NI. Eamon teaches on the Arts Management MA at Queen’s University of Belfast and among his freelance roles he is the Northern Ireland Grants Advisor for Comic Relief.

Maeve Marnell  is a Queens graduate and qualified as a solicitor in 2000. She specialised in defence litigation before setting up the charity Food For Thought Africa in 2007. The charity works to overcome poverty in Africa through education and she regularly travels to Kenya to manage the charity’s projects there.

Dr Anne Marie Telford has a significant portfolio of non-executive director experience. She served as Council member of Ulster University for seven years up to 2015 chairing its Strategy and Governance Committee. Anne Marie has just completed a five-year term chairing an all –Ireland body overseeing the performance of an Institute of Hospice & Palliative care. She is currently a member of a Departmental Project Board, reporting to the Health Minister, on regulation of the pharmacy profession in N Ireland. Other roles have included Council membership of the General Dental Council, the Pharmaceutical Society of N Ireland and membership of the Stroke Association N Ireland Committee. Areas of expertise include strategic planning and decision-making, corporate governance and performance monitoring.  Anne Marie qualified as a doctor at Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to her retirement in 2009 she worked as a Director of Public Health leading the planning of many regional and local health care services in N Ireland.

Michael Arlow is a Lecturer in Shared Education in the School of Education at Queen’s University Belfast. Previously, he was Chief Executive of the Spirit of Enniskillen Trust, and an Education Officer at the Northern Ireland Assembly. For a number of years he was an independent Education Consultant with clients including The International Bureau of Education and the International Labour Organisation. As Principal Officer for Citizenship Education at CCEA, and Director of the Social, Civic and Political Education Project at the University of Ulster he played a leading role in the development and implementation of Local and Global Citizenship in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. He has taught at Ulster University, Florida Gulf Coast University and for ten years in post-primary schools in Northern Ireland

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Patricia Douglas

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