Kate Laverty CEO Community Evaluation NI CENI

Kate has an academic background in management and education; and a career spanning 17 years in the third sector. She has led on change management programmes, research projects, lobbying and marketing strategies, and fund-raising campaigns.  She’s authored business plans, policies, procedures and strategies for over 15 different charities within the last five years, navigating a complex and changing policy and funding environment. 


‘Our work has to be about impact, influence and inspiration.  We want to inspire communities; influence investors and maximise impact.  Genius is in the idea.  Impact is in the action.  Our focus is aligning the two.’

Nicola McIldoon CENI Deputy Director

Nicola has a long experience in evaluation consultancy, training, and research.  During this time, she has supported third sector organisations, statutory agencies and funders working across a whole range of themes and target groups.  Her role in CENI includes planning, designing and managing evaluations, making sure that work is delivered on time, within budget and to a high-quality standard.


‘Evaluation doesn’t need to be complex or messy – although it can be that too!  A big part of our job is to make it work for people, irrespective of the purpose, size or scale of their organisation, and to help them use it to strengthen what they do’.

Brenda Kent CENI Training

Brenda has worked and volunteered in a variety of roles in the third sector; these include research, project development, management, fund-raising, marketing, lobbying and policy formulation. At CENI, she facilitates groups and individuals to identify and understand their impact and to generate evidence to show the difference they make.


‘Passion comes from knowing that what you do makes someone’s life better.  Pinning down a clear picture of that difference – for yourself – your team – your funders – is what ensures that strategies, plans, and reports have meaning and momentum’.

Pamela Walker CENI Admin Finances

Pamela has worked in the third sector for over 20 years and has been employed as CENI’s Finance and Administrative Officer since 2005.  She and has a breadth of experience in all aspects of financial control, working with and reporting to funders, as well as maintaining systems to support administration and governance across the organisation.


‘Financial transparency and accountability are demanded of any organisation. At CENI we have to be able to demonstrate our ability to control and manage our resources effectively by maintaining robust financial and HR systems’.

Ani Kanakaki CENI Communications

Ani has a long career in media, PR and event management both in the private and the third sector, in Northern Ireland and abroad. She has been CENI’s Communications Officer since 2017 and in this post, she is responsible for designing and implementing the organisation’s communications strategy.


‘Inspiring communications should be recognised across the sector as an integral part of the effectiveness of charities. It’s getting more important than ever, projects not only deliver high-quality services but to evidence and be able to communicate the difference they are making’.