Board Members - Extern Supporting Communities

Derek McCabe

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

Derek is a Civil Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as a Commissioner for Oaths. He is a Nuffield Farming Scholar and he is MD of Sheelin & Mc Cabe Planning Services Ltd, which provides a residential and commercial design and planning practice in Co. Cavan and surrounding counties. He has a number of business interests extending to Farming, Forestry , Property and Retail.

He was previously a Board member of Cluid Housing Association, and chairman of Nuffield Ireland, he was also a founding member and Chairman of Cavan Monaghan Rural Development Co-op. He was previously appointed by the Minister for Agriculture in Northern Ireland to serve as a member of the Review of Decisions Panel.

Derek was the inaugural winner of The Wheel’s Charity Trustee of the year for 2017 and also accepted the Leadership & Governance award in Northern Ireland for 2017 on behalf of the Extern organisation. Derek is married with three children and lives in Mountnugent, Co. Cavan.

Andrew McCloskey

Andrew McCloskey

Extern Ireland Director 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.

Aideen D’Arcy MBE, BA, MSSc, MCIH

Aideen D’Arcy MBE

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 organisation's 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.

Ian McAvoy

Extern Northern Ireland & Extern Supporting Communities Director/Secretary

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 Vice Chair of Ark Housing

He has a keen interest in rugby and football, initially as a player and now as an administrator and holds the positon of Chairman of rugby at Queen's University, Belfast.

He is married to Lynne with three grown up children.

Extern in Northern Ireland
Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC105869
Company Registration No: NI 16083
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: 20055318
Tel: +353 (0) 1 563 9402
Extern Group
Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC103226
Company No. NI 618684
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