Board Members

Derek McCabe

Derek McCabe

Chair of Extern Group, Extern Supporting Communities & Extern Ireland & Extern Northern Ireland Director

Derek is from Co Cavan and is a Civil Engineering graduate from Bolton St. College. He is a Member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, the Institute of Directors (Ireland) and MD of Sheelin & McCabe Planning Services Ltd, which provides a residential and commercial design and planning practice in Counties Cavan, Meath and Westmeath.

Derek has extensive knowledge and experience in building design, building/planning regulations, and the wider planning administrative system that operates in Ireland. He is a Peace Commissioner and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as a Commissioner for Oaths in 2001.

He is also Director of CO2 Footprint Ltd and project manages the website www.CO2.ie that provides CO2 footprint reduction advice to the business sector and provides a Green Directory and an e-commerce booking engine for building energy ratings nationwide.

Derek is a founding member and director of Cavan Monaghan Rural Development Co-op Society Ltd, which has successfully delivered three European Leader programmes, a number of Peace I & Peace II programmes and a Rural Social Scheme in Cavan and Monaghan since 1991.

In his capacity as director he has served as Secretary, and Vice Chairperson of the organisation and is the current Chairperson of the organisation and has gained extensive experience on the workings of local government, local democracy, project evaluation, State and European Grant Aid procedures and governing regulations.

He was previously appointed by the Minister for Agriculture in Northern Ireland to serve as a member of the Review of Decisions Panel. Derek has farming and forestry interests and is a Nuffield Scholar. He is also Chairman and director of Nuffield Ireland.

Gerry Campbell

Gerry Campbell

Chair of Extern Northern Ireland & Extern Group Director

Gerry is the current Chief Executive of Colleges Northern Ireland, the membership body representing the six Regional, Further and Higher Education Colleges in Northern Ireland. Before that, he was Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children & Young People between July 2008 and June 2011. Prior to that, Gerry was the Director of Corporate Services with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, overseeing corporate governance, financial management and human resources for over 6 years.

Between 1999 and 2002, Gerry was the Regional Commercial Training Manager for the British Red Cross, responsible for all commercial training activities in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Previous to that, he was involved in private sector work including graduate recruitment and training.

Gerry is currently the Chair of two small charitable organisations in Antrim and was previously a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and a Board Member with Sport Northern Ireland. Gerry is also the independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee with the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland. In a voluntary capacity he is the Chair of the Board of Governors of a primary school in Antrim and a Governor of a post primary school in Randalstown.

Gerry has been on the Extern Board since February 2008 and has been Chair of Extern’s Audit, Risk & Assurance Committee since June 2008.

Gerry is married with three children and lives in Randalstown, Co Antrim.

Allen McCartney LM BSc MSc CEng FIET

Allen McCartney LM BSc MSc CEng FIET

Extern Ireland & Extern Group Director

Allen is by profession a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology with degree qualifications in both electrical engineering and corporate leadership. He has had a distinguished career in Northern Ireland Electricity and Viridian Group. He is currently a self employed business consultant, a Lay Magistrate, and a Lay Assessor for NI Medical and Dental Training Agency.

He is also an Independent Board Member of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Agency and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. He has formerly been a Non-executive Board Member of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, an Independent Board Member of the Department for Regional Development and a Board Member of East Belfast Mission.

In his spare time, he enjoys music, golf, travel and being a granddad.

Barbara Stuart

Barbara Stuart

Extern Group Vice Chair and Extern Ireland Director

Barbara’s interest in Extern stemmed from the experience she gained as a Lay Magistrate which enabled her to see the good work Extern was doing with children in the West of the Province. She has had this role since 1996 and it involves sitting in Youth Courts and carrying out signatory duties in the community. She is also Chair of Fitness to Practise Panels of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, an organisation which regulates 670,000 nurses and midwives throughout the UK.

Barbara sits as a panel member on the Exceptional Circumstances Body, an independent appeals panel set up by the Department of Education and the Independent Review Body set up by the Department of Agriculture. She was a non-executive Director of the Western Health and Social Care Trust from 2007 - 2015.

Aideen D’Arcy MBE, BA, MSSc, MCIH

Aideen D’Arcy MBE, BA, MSSc, MCIH

Extern Northern Ireland Treasurer/Director & Extern Group Director

Aideen lives in Belfast and was educated at Queen’s and the Ulster Universities. After graduating in Geography from QUB, Aideen taught in the post primary sector before embarking on a rewarding career in social housing for over 30 years, specialising in the provision of supported accommodation for vulnerable people including frail elderly, homeless, mentally ill and learning disabled people, street drinkers as well as ethnic minorities. She initiated many innovative and statutory organisations on an all-Ireland basis.

Aideen served on the NI Regional Council of the Society of St Vincent de Paul for over 15 years and undertook several initiatives to improve standards of accommodation and service provision of the organisations homeless facilities throughout Ireland recognising that everyone should have a safe place to call home and a stake in their community to have the opportunity to fulfil their full potential in life.

Andrew McCloskey

Andrew McCloskey

Extern Ireland Treasurer and Extern Supporting Communites Treasurer/Director

Andrew is a business professional with more than 20 years’ experience in global companies. After reading Economics and Computing at Queens University Andrew joined Nortel Networks, where he worked in the procurement, IT, and planning departments specialising in the use of technologies to enhance business performance. A range of international assignments in performance management, contract assurance and supply chain operations followed a relocation to Canada. Andrew also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ulster and a Law Degree from the Open University. He is currently employed by Moy Park in Craigavon and is married with two children.

Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin

Extern Group Company Secretary/Director

Kathy joined BBC Northern Ireland as Head of Marketing, Communication & Audiences in March 2004. Based in Belfast, she manages a team of circa 33 which includes press, publicity, marketing, branding, playout & presentation, audience research, media planning and scheduling. Prior to joining BBC, Kathy worked for The National Trust, where she headed up a team responsible for marketing, communications and research, as well as income generation, membership development, community, learning and volunteer promotion.

Prior to working for The National Trust, Kathy worked across a range of marketing disciplines within consultancy (PricewaterhouseCoopers) as well as in an agency environment.

A graduate of European Business Studies and French, Kathy is committed to continuous professional development having achieved post graduate diplomas in Marketing and Export Marketing and has held Chartered Marketer status since 1996. Kathy is former chair of Stepping Stones NI, a charity which supports people with learning disabilities and difficulties to achieve their potential.

Gary Thompson

Extern Group Treasurer/Director & Extern Northern Ireland Company Secretary/Director

Gary began his career with Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) as a Retained Firefighter in 1994. In 2016, he was appointed the Chief Fire & Rescue Officer (Chief Executive/Accounting Officer). His previous roles include Director of Operations, Area Commander for Northern Area Command and District Commander for North & West Belfast.

While working for NIFRS he studied part-time at Ulster University Jordanstown and achieved a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies and a MSc in Executive Leadership. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership from Warwick Business School having successfully completed the UK Fire Service Executive Leadership Programme.

Gary is a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers, the Institute of Directors and the Chief Fire Officers’ Association. He is also on the Board of Governors for two primary schools in the Newtownabbey area.

Gary lives in Newtownabbey with his wife Lorraine and their two young children.

John Brannigan CEng MA BEng MIEI

Extern Ireland and Extern Supporting Communities Director

John is employed by Longford County Council and holds an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University. His current role within Longford Council is that of Director of Services, Roads, Water, Housing, Environment & Emergency Services.

John received the title of Chartered Engineer in 2001 and graduated with a Master’s degree in Local Government Management in 2010.

John had been involved at senior project management level in the delivery of numerous significant construction projects and in the development of policies to implement European Union Directives.

As a qualified Chartered Engineer John has previously held position of Regional Chairman of the North East Region of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland and is currently the Treasurer for the Region.

Molly Buckley

Molly Buckley

Extern Northern Ireland Director

Molly lives in Tullamore, Co.Offaly. She is married to Jim, with five grown up children.

A Public Health Nurse by profession, she has worked extensively in community development and family support service, and is best described as an equality and disability rights activist. She is a former CEO of The Irish Wheelchair Association and is currently Vice Chair of the Offaly branch.

An elected member of Offaly County Council & Tullamore Town Council, Molly is a member of the Council’s Joint Policing Committees and is also a member of the Offaly Social, Housing & Cultural Strategic Policy Committee. She is Chair of the Social Inclusion Measures Committee.

She is currently Chairperson of Offaly Domestic Violence Support Services, Chairperson Rights for the Elderly Voluntary Housing Association Ltd (built 16 houses and Community Centre, shared with Tullamore Housing Association), Treasurer of Midlands Simon Community, Chairperson and Power4Good Ireland Ltd (Human rights project for people with a disability in Zambia).

Brendan Johnston MBE

Brendan Johnston MBE

Extern Group and Extern Northern Ireland Director

Brendan Johnston is a social worker and has spent his career in statutory social work in Northern Ireland. He has had experience of many different roles in his career, working in all programmes of care though mainly in the area of children’s services. In the late ‘90s he worked closely with Extern West, particularly with development of Killadeas and later Roscor.

As well as his qualification in social work, Brendan has a Diploma in Management Studies and an MBA. In 2004, he completed the Top Management Programme run by the Kings Fund. Brendan has also been involved in a number of joint training initiatives with colleagues from CO3 and the Republic of Ireland.

Brendan previously worked as an Assistant Director of Social Services at the Western Health Social Board, where he was responsible for commissioning children’s services and training for social workers and social care workers.

More recently, Brendan was the first Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Social Care Council and was responsible for establishing the regulation of social care workers in Northern Ireland. His work at the Council and in previous roles has provided him with a large range of experience in Strategic Management, Policy Formulation, Governance Risk Management, Finance and Human Resources. Brendan retired from the Council in early 2013.

Shane McCarthy

Shane McCarthy

Extern Ireland Director

Shane holds a Masters in Criminology and is a practising solicitor and Notary Public based in Skibbereen, West Cork. His practice (which he established in 2000) employs four others and is general in nature, except for sizeable workloads in the areas of refugee law and criminal law, with particular emphasis on the area of judicial review.

Shane’s main motivation in applying for Board Membership was to make a difference and to take proactive steps to break the cycle of offending, particularly among young people.

Shane is married to Sinead, who is also a solicitor and they have four young children. Sinead works in Cork City and the family lives in Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

Shane is a member of the Garda Complaints Board (since 2002) as well as being a member of the Irish Parole Board since 2009. In addition, Shane is a current member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland and also serves as an independent member of the Regulatory Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for Ireland and the United Kingdom. Shane frequently delivers guest lectures to postgraduate law students at the Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights, University College Cork and has published a series of academic articles on the issue of developing the concept of Restorative Justice in the Irish criminal justice system.

Dermot O’Donnell

Dermot O’Donnell

Extern Northern Ireland Director

Dermot, a native of Dublin, has lived in Kildare for the past 40 years. He is skilled in the areas of Conflict Management, Educational Television Production, Group Facilitation, Quality and Innovation Management and Outcomes and Impact Measurement.

His professional career has seen him involved with the City of Dublin Public Library Service, An Garda Sίochána, Respond! Housing Association and currently, the Disability Federation of Ireland. He is also a member of the Mental Health Commission’s Mental Health Tribunal panel.

Dermot, who has long been active in the areas of rural development and social inclusion, is a Member of Kildare County Council Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Kildare Public Participation Network (PPN) and the County Kildare Leader Partnership.

Fionnuala Sheehan

Fionnuala Sheehan

Extern Ireland Company Secretary/Director

Fionnuala Sheehan's career spans the Civil Service (Department of Finance and Commission on Taxation), the Public Service (Funding Manager for the newly created Telecom Eireann and its capital investment company, Irish Telecommunications Investments Limited), the commercial sector (Group Treasurer of GPA Limited and its joint venture companies), higher education (Deputy Registrar/Director of Student Services, University of Limerick), and the not for profit sector (Chief Executive of MEAS Limited/drinkaware.ie).
Fionnuala has led many innovative, complex and change management initiatives in a variety of settings, has served on the boards of educational and cultural bodies and currently serves on the boards of RTE and its subsidiary companies.
Fionnuala has a particular interest in the area of education and behaviour change and a strong belief in the transformative potential of education. When working in higher education she played a key role in the development of policy and services supporting access to higher education by minority groups and led the development of a national framework for a college alcohol policy. She subsequently led the development and implementation of a range of initiatives at a national level designed to reduce alcohol related harm including the impactful and award winning social marketing and communications programme delivered via the drinkaware.ie brand.

Fionnuala is a member of the Institute of Directors and completed the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction. She holds B.A. and M.A. Degrees, both at first class level, and a Diploma in Applied FInance.

Married to Sean, they have two adult children.

Pastor Stephen Reyolds

Pastor Stephen Reynolds

Extern Supporting Communities Company Secretary/Director

Stephen Reynolds is the Senior Pastor at Church of God Shankill having been in full-time ministry since 2005 after graduation from Belfast Bible College. As a Trustee of a number of churches in Ireland he is responsible for policy development, training, AccessNI checks and dealing with safeguarding issues.

Stephen was born, brought up and still lives in the Greater Shankill Area and has been involved in community work there for 16 years. He has worked with uniformed and informal youth organisations, senior citizens’ projects and family support work.

He currently sits on the North Belfast Area Project Steering Group, the Inter-Faith Child Protection Group, the Greater Shankill Suicide Response Group, and the Greater Shankill Family Support Hub.
He has supported the SAFE Together (families bereaved by suicide) project for the past 5 years by offering pastoral care, counselling and encouragement.

Stephen is Chairman of Conway Youth Centre which provides programmes and opportunities for the people of the Greater Shankill area.

Stephen was Chair of FASA from November 2015 to March 2016 and sat on the HR and Finance Sub-Committees since January 2012.

Stephen has ILM Level 5 training in Leadership and Management and is a qualified Counsellor and is currently completing a BSc in Psychology with Counselling.

Dr Mick Feehan

Extern Group and Extern Ireland Director

Mick is a native of Birr County Offaly, but has lived in Dublin for most of his adult life.

Mick was a member of An Garda Síochána for thirty five years. He retired from the Garda in 2012 when he served as Assistant Commissioner in the Dublin Region. He previously served as Director of the Garda National Juvenile Office where he was responsible for oversight of the Garda National Juvenile Diversion Programme and Garda Youth Diversion projects. Following his retirement from An Garda Síochána, Mick worked for four years as a member of the Executive Team at daa (formerly Dublin Airport Authority). He currently works as a part-time lecturer in the Criminal Justice field and in corporate leadership training.

Mick holds an MSc in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Portsmouth and an MBA (1st class Hons.) from the Smurfit School at UCD. He also holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queen's University in Belfast.

Mick has worked for many years in a voluntary capacity with Special Olympics Ireland, where he is a member of its Board of Directors and Chair of its Eastern Regional Committee. He is also an avid hill walker and sea swimmer.

Ian McAvoy

Extern Northern Ireland & Supporting Communities Director

Ian lives in Belfast and was educated at MCB and London University. After graduating in economics Ian studied accountancy. After a spell in practice, he became the Finance Director of a leading
Irish Brand and was promoted to Chief Executive holding that position for 16 years. He has much expertise in strategic planning, transformation, finance and marketing.
Ian was Chair of PlayBoard, Vice Chair of Sport NI, Director of Sport NI, he is presently a Director of Canoe NI.
He has a keen interest in rugby and football, initially as a player and now as an administrator and is the holds the positon of Chairman of rugby at Queen University, Belfast.
He is married to Lynne with three grown up children.

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