Board Members - Extern Group

Derek McCabe

Derek McCabe

Chair of Extern Group & Extern Ireland & Extern Northern Ireland Director, Extern Supporting Communities 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 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 the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, an organisation established as an upper tier of management for Catholic schools in 1989 in response to concerns about underachievement

Gerry had previously led Colleges NI, 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 Treasurer & 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.

Aideen D’Arcy MBE, BA, MSSc, MCIH

Aideen D’Arcy MBE, BA, MSSc, MCIH

Extern Supporting Communities Chair, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Extern in Northern Ireland
Company Registration No: NI 16083
Registered Charity Number: XN 48714
Tel: +44 (0)28 9084 0555
Fax: +44 (0)28 9084 7333
Extern in the Republic of Ireland
Company Registration No: 383201
Registered Charity Number: CHY15770
Tel: +353 (0) 1 563 9402
Extern Group
Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC103226
Company No. NI 618684
Charity Number: NI00263
Tel: +44 (0)28 9084 0555
Fax: +44 (0)28 9084 7333
Extern Supporting Communities
Company No. NI 637561
Tel: +44 (0)28 9084 0555
Fax: +44 (0)28 9084 7333