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Brian Henning - Chair
Mr Brian Henning has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Sport NI for a term of four years from 1 December 2012 to 30 November 2016.
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John D’Arcy - Vice-Chair (Interim)
John D’Arcy was appointed to the Board of Sport NI from 1 January 2008 to 29 February 2012 and has been re-appointed for a term of 4 years from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
He is Director of The Open University in Ireland. He was previously Chief Executive of Colleges NI, a Director of BDO Stoy Hayward Management Consultants, Principal Officer for Research and Statistics at CCEA and a Research Fellow with the NI Council for Educational Research. He is Chairman of Oh Yeah Music Centre, a Director of the NI Commonwealth Games Council, Skills Ambassador for Higher and Further Education for Creative and Cultural Skills in Northern Ireland and a member of the Institute of Directors Education Committee. Mr D’Arcy has been Chairman of Audiences NI and was a member of the Broadcasting Council for Northern Ireland. He is a former President of the NI Tenpin Bowling Federation and was Vice President of the European Zone of the World Tenpin Bowling Association. He is a qualified coach and was Manager/Coach of the NI Tenpin Bowling Team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
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Gerard Campbell has been appointed to the Board of Sport NI for the 4-year period from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
He is currently a non-executive board member of the Health and Safety Executive for NI and is also a member of that organisation’s Audit and Risk Management Committee. He is Chief Executive of Colleges NI and has previously been Chief Executive for the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People. He is also a board member of Extern. From 2002 to 2008 he was Director of Corporate Services with the NI Social Care Council. He is a committee member and club secretary with the Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club and was Team Manager for the NI wheelchair basketball team, participating in the 2011 UK Regional Championships. Mr Campbell’s one other public appointment held, as a member of the Health and Safety Executive for NI, attracts annual remuneration of £3,700 per annum
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Ross Carr has been appointed to the Board of Sport NI for a term of 4 years from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2015.
He has established his own business within the property market and has a strong financial background. He has extensive sporting experience as both a player and coach. He was Down County GAA manager for the U18 (2002-2004) and for the senior team (2007- 2009). He is a volunteer in the local Youth Club which offers facilities and courses to the young people in the community. He has wide ranging grassroots experience of gaelic football, football, rugby and athletics.
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Murray Cowan was appointed to the Board of Sport NI from 1 January 2008 to 29 February 2012 and has been re-appointed for a term of 4 years from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
He is an independent consultant with professional interests in strategic management, effective organisational performance and change, and programme, project and risk management. He is currently Chair of the Steering Group developing the next 10 year Outdoor Recreation Action Plan for NI. From 2005 he has also been a Board Trustee of Victim Support Northern. In sport, he has been involved for over 30 years as a competitive orienteer and in athletics. He has enjoyed past success in cross-country running, where he represented Scotland as a Junior, and in mountain marathons throughout the UK and Ireland. He was heavily involved in 2011 in the organisation of the largest ever International Orienteering competition held in the north of Ireland.
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Paul Cummings has been appointed to the Board of Sport NI for a term of 4 years from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2015.
He is a qualified accountant and is currently the Director of Finance on the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) with joint responsibility for the strategic direction of the Board and the five Health Trusts. He has competed competitively across a wide range of sports including tennis, volleyball, football and archery.
He has been a tennis tournament referee, tennis umpire (to Davis Cup standard), tennis coach and chairman of a local tennis club. He is the current performance manager at the Northern Ireland Archery Society.
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Brian Delaney has been appointed to the Board of Sport NI for the 4-year period from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
He is currently a Senior Lecturer at Stranmillis University College. He is a Director at SportOpps.com (a social economy venture to source qualified coaches) responsible for the full range of governance duties and a Director of the Belfast Community Sports Development Network (BCSDN). He 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 has also been a Governor of Glencraig Integrated Primary School for six years. He is a founder of the NI Association for Physical Education (AfPE) and was a UK Director 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. He is a former employee of Sport NI, during which time he was involved in the drafting of Sport Matters, the NI Strategy for Sport and Physical Recreation 2009 – 2019. He has played and coached rugby and basketball and is also involved in athletics.
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Barry Macaulay was appointed to the Board of Sport NI from 1 January 2008 to 29 February 2012 and has been re-appointed for a term of 4 years from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
He is a dedicated specialist in working in the field of Sensory Impairment, he worked for the Blind Centre for NI as a Field Officer for people with Visual Impairment, and for eight years as a Social Worker in South and East Belfast Trust for people with Sensory Impairment. He joined RNIB NI in February 2003 as Education Officer working with children and young people with serious sight loss. He has been Senior Manager responsible for Campaigning, Employment, Technology, Children & Youth Service, and Sport and Leisure since 2006. Mr Macaulay has participated and coached in a range of competitive sports including rugby, soccer, cricket and triathlon and he continues to be active in cycling. He is a passionate advocate for sport for people with disabilities and was appointed Vice Chair of Disability Sport NI in 2011.
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Roisin Mallon has been appointed to the Board of Sport NI for the 4-year period from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
She is Policy Manager with the Equality Commission, previously having been Director-Equality Legislation and Access and Campaigns Manager for the organisation. She has co-ordinated and contributed to the Good Relations Forum. She also worked in private practice as a solicitor and has provided legal advice on a range of areas, including employment law. She is an active rock climber and mountaineer, as well as a being a keen cyclist, participating in a number of long-distance events. She has acted for over 15 years as a committee member of the Belfast Association of Fell Runners and Rock Climbers and has also been involved in organising cross border mountaineering events.
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Shane McCullough has been appointed to the Board of Sport NI for the 4-year period from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
He has been a lecturer in Sports Development and Coaching at the University of Ulster’s Sports Academy since 2004. He is currently Associate Head of School. He was recently appointed as a Director of the Sports Institute NI. He is also involved in research and consultancy in the area of sports development and sport and good relations. He is vice-chair of the Irish Football Association’s Club Licensing Committee. He has been an adviser to numerous committees, including Sport NI’s Development Committee and the ELB PE Advisory Panel. He was also Partnership Manager for Sport Belfast and in that role he established and initially chaired the North Belfast Sports Forum and was a member of the North Belfast Play Forum and Belfast Community Sport Network. He played football to intermediate and amateur league level. He was also a judo player, boxer and Gaelic footballer. He currently plays golf to a handicap of 12 and volunteers as a football coach. He has a Level 5 UEFA Pro coaching licence and has coached numerous teams, at youth international level for boys and senior international level for women.
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Danny O’Connor was appointed to the Board of Sport NI from 1 January 2008 to 29 February 2012 and has been re-appointed for a term of 4 years from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
He is currently the Chair of Belfast City Marathon, and the Belfast Hills Partnership, Vice-Chair for the North Belfast Play Forum, and Commissioner to the Irish Basketball Association. His past roles also consist of being Chief Leisure Officer at Craigavon Borough Council, a Leisure Management Consultant, and UK President of the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management. He is currently retired following 25 years (1974 to 1999) in sports development, sports administration and sports facilities planning and management advisory services with the Sports Council for NI. Mr O’Connor has a long teaching history involving roles as Head of PE at St.Comgall’s Larne, Head of PE at St Augustine’s Belfast, and Tutor in Charge of PE at Rupert Stanley College Belfast. His sporting achievements include being an Inter-county Ulster Colleges All Star gaelic footballer, and International Basketball player, coach, referee, and administrator. For his contributions to the sport, he was inducted into Irish Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. He was appointed to the Board of Sport NI in January 2008.
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John O’Neill has been appointed to the Board of Sport NI for the 4-year period from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016.
He is a founder member of the Venturei Network and has acted as both a Director and Managing Partner over the last 20 years, facilitating change in organisations across the community in the voluntary, public and private sectors. He has been a Senior Adviser on an EU funded Enterprise Development Programme in Ukraine. Previously he was engaged by the International Fund for Ireland as its development consultant for Fermanagh South Tyrone, focusing on facilitation of community-based partnerships and community development companies. He has been involved in supporting Ulster Rugby to fund the Community Rugby model and has supported Ulster Council GAA to develop a Community Coaching programme. He has been actively involved in Gaelic Games for his club St Patrick’s GFC Donaghmore and the University of Ulster at Coleraine. Currently he is a committee member and Community Engagement Officer with St Patrick’s GFC Donaghmore.