Board Members - Extern Supporting Communities

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Extern in Northern Ireland
Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC105869
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Extern in the Republic of Ireland
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Extern Group
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Extern Supporting Communities
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