George Lucas — Chair
Mr Lucas has operated at board level for over 30 years. He was previously Managing Director of Corus Steel Ireland and Chair of Steel Company of Ireland. He was previously the Chair of the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, and the Chair of the Ulster Branch of Tennis Ireland. Mr Lucas brings a range of business, financial and change management experience to Sport NI. He has not undertaken any political activity in the past 5 years.
Jay Colville — Vice Chair
Mr Colville is the previous Area Director of Nationwide Building Society in Northern Ireland, where he had responsibility for 14 branches and 200 staff. He was the Chairman of the Council of Mortgage Lenders in Northern Ireland, as well as a former Chair and Vice-Chair of the Royal Yachting Association NI. Mr Colville brings leadership, management and team working skills to the Sport NI Board.
Dr Catherine O’Mullan
Dr O’Mullan has recently retired as Vice Principal/Director of Curriculum Northern Regional College responsible for curriculum development and delivery and quality improvement. She worked for over 30 years in the Further and Higher Education sector where she established strategic partnerships with a range of stakeholders including the post primary sector and business and industry to develop bespoke skills training. Dr O’Mullan currently she sits on the Board of Trustees of W5, the Odyssey Trust Company and is a non executive director on the WHSCT Board. Dr O’Mullan is also a member of the Institute of Directors. She brings extensive experience in leadership, strategic direction and teamwork to the Board.
Mr Delaney has been a Sport NI Board Member since 2012 and served as Interim Chair in 2016-2017. He has been a Senior Lecturer on the Health, Physical Activity and Sport (HPAS) BSc course at Stranmillis University College since 2006. He is a Director of the Belfast Community Sports Development Network (BCSDN), a social economy venture and is responsible for the full range of governance duties. Mr Delaney has extensive experience within the education sector. He is a former PE teacher and worked for a period for the Curriculum Advisory and Support Service of SEELB, providing advice to schools on their provision of PE and school sport. He was also a Governor of Glencraig Integrated Primary School for more than ten years. He was a UK Director of the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) from 2008 to 2010. He is a member of the Irish Football Association (IFA) Appeals Panel and a member of the Institute of Expert Witnesses. Mr Delaney is a former employee of Sport Northern Ireland, during which time he was involved in the drafting of Sport Matters: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2009-2019. He has played, taught and coached a wide range of sports with a focus on basketball and athletics and he regularly volunteers with Athletics NI.
Ms Bryson is the CEO of the Mountain Training Trust, an educational charity that manages Plas y Brenin, Sport England's national mountain centre in Snowdonia. She is also on the board of the UK Outdoor Industries Association and is a Trustee of Sports Coach UK. Ms Bryson was previously Strategic Lead at Sport England, with involvement in strategy development and social inclusion pilots. She brings a range of governance and board level experience to the body, with membership of a range of boards over a 15 year period
Mr Petticrew is a Project Manager for the Strategic Investment Board NI, where he is currently providing project management support to the NI Executive’s Social Investment Fund, advising organisations on the establishment of appropriate governance structures, public procurement and successful project delivery. He has over 10 years’ experience working in sport, with previous roles in the community and voluntary sector as well as private sector. He has delivered major projects for Ulster Rugby and is a prominent Committee Member of his local basketball club. Mr. Petticrew brings experience in equality & social inclusion, strategic planning and knowledge of the sector to Sport NI.
Mrs Weir was the previous Northern Ireland manager for a Sector Skills Council (SkillsActive) where she was responsible for supporting the development of the active leisure workforce including overseeing the delivery of government project funding. She was an employee of the former Health Promotion Agency where she managed a number of schemes to help socially excluded individuals experience the benefits of regular physical activity. Mrs Weir also brings financial management, leadership skills and strategic development experience to Sport NI.
Richard Bullick has been appointed to the Board of Sport Northern Ireland for the 4-year period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2018.
Mr Bullick is an experienced PR professional, currently employed as Communications Manager with the Southern Education and Library Board. He has previously worked as a management consultant, in tourism project management and been a freelance sports journalist for more than 20 years including covering three Rugby World Cups for the News Letter. Mr Bullick is heavily involved in promoting female sport on a voluntary basis and sits on the Executive Committee of the Armagh County Board of the LGFA. He also serves as a Director of Richhill Building Preservation Trust.
Kyle Ferguson is the Director of the Centre for Sports Enterprise within the School of Sport at Ulster University. Responsible for developing synergies between business, research and practical sport in order to produce innovate products or services. Kyle has managed a range of European, national and regional programmes in sports innovation, social inclusion and physical activity. His research focuses on the efficiency of sport for development with practical experience across grassroots, community development and elite performance. Kyle is a performance analyst tutor, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and brings financial oversight and research skills to the board.
Wilma Erskine BEM
Wilma Erskine is the Chief Executive of Royal Portrush Golf Club, where she is also a Member of the Board for the 2019 Open Championship. She is currently Chairman of the North-West 200 Charity Golf Event as well as a member of a number of local sports clubs. She was awarded a BEM in 2015 for services to Northern Ireland tourism and golf. Ms Erskine brings leadership and strategic direction experience to the Board, as well as team working skills.
Kieran Harding is the Managing Director of Business in the Community and Northern Ireland and has held Board positions with a number of leading charities. He has over 20 years’ experience as an Irish Premier League Football Coach and is a Coach Educator for the Irish FA. Mr Harding brings equality and social inclusion experience, as well as financial management skills to the Board. He holds no other public appointments and has not undertaken any political activity in the past five years.
Register of Interests for the Council Members 2013/2014
Register of Interests for the Council Members 2015/2016
Register of Interests for the Council Members 2015/2016