BARBARA WALSHE has been chair of the Board of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation since October 2014. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in research, advocacy, training, broadcasting, project management, community development, poverty and deprivation, peace building and restorative justice roles – both in Ireland (north and south) and internationally. Barbara worked on the development of restorative initiatives with inmates in Wisconsin prisons in 2013. Prior to that, she spent time as a Peace Envoy in Israel/Palestine. She has also researched and presented a series of six radio programmes called Picking up the Pieces for RTE Radio on grassroots peacebuilding in Northern Ireland and the Border region.
DEBBIE DONNELLY BSc (Hons), DPhil has a wide range of experience working in high profile and often contentious areas of public sector policy and major programmes of public sector reform on policing, criminal justice and the wider public sector including education, health and local government. Debbie was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB); an organisation tasked with a wide range of statutory responsibilities including holding the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to account for his actions and those of the service. During this time she gained a wide range of experience in, amongst other things, accountability and corporate governance.
lived in Belfast until 1975 and then moved south. He got involved with Glencree along with his wife Margaret in the seventies and later, as chair of the board of directors, was instrumental in the re-opening of the organization in 1992. He then worked as the programme manager of the Glencree Churches Programme, an inclusive cross-border initiative that examined the role of the churches in the conflict. Colin continues to seek ways to uncover peacebuilding possibilities for people of faith. He particularity interested in the thought: “if religion is part of the problem, it has to part of the solution”.
DENISE COLLINS is an accountant who has been on the Glencree Board since late 2006. She has extensive and diverse industry experience, having worked for multi-nationals in the area of aluminium scaffolding and electrical goods and services. She has also worked for many years in the media industry both here and in London.
ANDY POLLAK was the founding director (1999-2013) of the Centre for Cross Border Studies. Before that he was religious affairs correspondent, education correspondent, assistant news editor and Belfast reporter with the Irish Times. In the early 1990s he was co-ordinator of the Opsahl Commission, the independent ‘citizen’s inquiry’ into ways forward for Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of a biography of Rev Ian Paisley.
BRONAGH HINDS is the Senior Associate with DemocraShe. Prior to this, she was Director & CEO of several NGOs and a Senior Fellow in Queen’s University Institute of Governance. Bronagh founded the NI Women’s European Platform and was a founder of the European Anti-Poverty Network. She co-founded the NI Women’s Coalition and participated in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations. She was the first Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, a Local Government Commissioner and the Northern Ireland Commissioner on the UK Women’s National Commission. Bonagh has worked on conflict and peace building with diverse groups in Northern Ireland and internationally. Currently, she is working on the Syrian conflict, a Bosnia-Northern Ireland learning exchange and leadership programmes for NI Assembly members.
Her career in broadcasting included fourteen years as a producer in the Religious Programmes department in RTÉ Radio 1, as well as periods in Education, Features and Current Affairs. In 2005 she became Secretary of the RTÉ Trade Union Group and, up to her retirement in 2012, was involved in protracted negotiations on new pension, pay and working conditions in the context of the economic crisis and its effect on the finances of the organisation.
As a result of her experience in RTÉ she subsequently trained as a mediator and is a volunteer with Community Law and Mediation in Coolock, Dublin 17. She also has a particular interest in the area of Restorative Justice and is a member of the management committee of Facing Forward.
Paul Caplis has a background in law, marketing, inward investment and media. He has been instrumental in the successful launch of a number of Irish organisations in the UK. Paul brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Board.
Naoimh McNamee is an experienced senior manager and mediator (MCIArb), with qualifications in International Relations (DCU) and international Security & Global Governance (Birkbeck). She has a particular interest in peacebuilding , alternative dispute resolution and social entrepreneurship. During her time in London, Naoimh managed a variety of fundraising campaigns and social enterprises for the Charities Advisory Trust, in addition to her work on humanitarian aid projects in Belarus (Chernobyl Children’s Project, Student’s 10k Walk, Bike-2-Belarus). In the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb – London), Naoimh implemented a large scale governance review and managed major projects for the organisation. Naoimh has held project roles in the Oireachtas, the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Dispute Resolution Centre, and Accenture. She is currently Head of Human Resources for the Medical Council of Ireland and brings a wealth of experience in change management, business process improvement and strategic human resources management, in both the private and public sectors. Naoimh has been a long-time supporter of the work of Glencree and looks forward to contributing to its future.