Ross McCrea

Vice Chair, CENI 

Ross has had a long career in undertaking research, evaluations, independent assessments/ audits and public policy and public affairs work.  He has been particularly engaged in addressing the needs and rights of vulnerable children and young people.  He has also designed and evaluated a number of initiatives aimed at delivering on improved outcomes for care-experienced young people.

Damien McNally

Evaluation Officer, Community Relations Council

Damien has a background in research methods and evaluation. He has been employed by the Community Relations Council as Evaluation Officer since 2007. Damien has been involved in work which seeks to address the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and has previously been Chairperson of the Wave Trauma Centre; he acts as a lecturer for Wave on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes on the topic of trauma.

Duane Farrell

CEO, Relate NI 

Duane has been involved in the third sector in Northern Ireland for over 20 years, working particularly with the LGBT+ community, young people and older people.  Within his various roles, he has been responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact of projects and programmes.  He is currently CEO of Relate NI which provides a range of professional counselling and therapeutic services.

Dr Peter Doran

Academic at the School of Law – QUB  

Peter is an academic in the School of Law at Queens University Belfast; he is also a senior editor-writer for the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s UN reporting services on the environment and development. Peter has pursued a life-long interest in community development, ethical investment and ecological justice.

Brenda Kelly

National Manager (NI), Sported

Brenda has 25 years’ experience within the third sector and local government in England and Northern Ireland; she is currently a manager with Sported.  Her work has included initiating and developing new projects, training and facilitation.  She has supported groups to strengthen their capacity across a range of themes including good impact practice, governance, strategic planning, involving volunteers and engaging women and girls.

Deborah Sloan

Academic Programme Leader – Ulster University

Deborah is an academic at Ulster University with expertise in work-based learning, employability and professional development. She is Course Director of the University’s graduate leadership programme and Programme Director of the University’s postgraduate short courses. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and alumni of the Advance HE Aurora programme for female leaders.

Dr Jennifer Betts

Vice Chair, CENI 

Ross has had a long career in undertaking research, evaluations, independent assessments/ audits and public policy and public affairs work.  He has been particularly engaged in addressing the needs and rights of vulnerable children and young people.  He has also designed and evaluated a number of initiatives aimed at delivering on improved outcomes for care-experienced young people.