I have been involved in community development for over twenty five years, firstly in a voluntary capacity, then in 1999 after gaining qualifications in IT, administration and finance I joined Interaction Belfast where I worked for six years on cross-community and cross-border projects.
I completed my degree in Professional Development through the University of Dundee, before joining Trademark in September 2006 as Office Manager with responsibility for financial planning, systems, procedures and fundraising. As part of the Trademark team I also helped with the coordination of education, research and evaluation. In 2012 I was awarded a Masters in Education having undertaken a study on the reintegration of ex-political prisoners. I am a founding member of the Belfast Cleaning Society, Northern Ireland’s first cross-community worker-owned cooperative and winner of the inaugural Living Wage Award, I lead Trademark’s co-operative economic development programme.