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Dr Ian Humphreys

Chief Executive

Contact Ian about: Policy; strategy; programme sponsorship; management.

Ian joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as Chief Executive Officer in 2008 after 14 years with The Conservation Volunteers. He has strong environmental and research credentials including a PhD from The Queen's University of Belfast. At Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Ian has overseen rapid growth in Eco-Schools, the re-introduction of the Seaside Awards and the development of litter-related campaigns such as the BIG Spring Clean, monitoring including the Northern Ireland Litter Survey and research. He has also developed a range of support services for councils including the Northern Ireland Environmental Quality Forum and the litter summit. He is involved in the running of Copeland Bird Observatory in a voluntary capacity.

Ian says "All our work seeks to bring about changes in people's behaviour to create a cleaner, greener and more prosperous Northern Ireland."

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Emma Johnston

Operations Manager

Emma joined the team in June 2019. Emma has a BSc (Hons) Zoology from Queen’s University Belfast and is just completing an MSc in Communication, Public Relations and Political Lobbying at Ulster University. She enjoys exploring nature with her daughter and two dogs, especially around our local coastlines.

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Charlene McKeown

Environmental Education Manager

Contact Charlene about: Eco-Schools. 

Charlene studied combined Arts: Spanish, Irish and Geography at Ulster University, Coleraine. She then completed a PGCE in languages at Queen’s University, Belfast. After her time at university, Charlene taught for 10 years, which her main subjects being Spanish, Irish, Geography and Travel and Tourism in the post primary sector. She also a new mum to a beautiful daughter.

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Jamie Miller

LEQ Manager

Contact Jamie about: Green Flag Awards and Blue Flag Awards. 

Jamie joined the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful team as Certifications Coordinator in January 2019. Before joining the team Jamie previously worked as a Landscape Scale Conservation Project Officer for RSPB NI and an Environmental Officer for Queen’s University Belfast. Jamie graduated from Queen’s University in 2015 with a MSC in ‘Leadership for Sustainable Development’ and a BSc (hons) in Geography. He enjoys being outdoors and spending time exploring the Mournes.

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Helen Tomb

Live Here Love Here Manager

Helen joined the team as Live Here Love Here in December 2020. Helen has worked in the environmental volunteering sector since graduating from Aberdeen University with a Bachelor of Land Economy (Hons). During her long career with The Conservation Volunteers Helen has gained extensive experience in developing community-led environmental action projects.

Outside of work she has a passion for environmental causes including recycling, treeplanting and gardening for wildlife and enjoys long walks with her spaniel Charlie.

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Victoria McCloughan

Finance and Admin Manager


Contact Victoria about: Finance, admin, accounting and invoicing.

Victoria joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in July 2017 as our Finance and Admin Officer. She studied accounting at Belfast Titanic Quarter and has worked in financial roles within the charity sector since 2012 giving her a wealth of experience in this area.
Outside of work Victoria enjoys spending time with her nieces and spending time at the beach.

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Francesca Di Palo

Eco-Schools Project Officer

Contact Francesca about: Young Reporters for the Environment, Wrigley Litter Less and other Eco-Schools projects.

Francesca moved to NI in 2009 and after a placement with Conservation Volunteers she worked for the Derry City Council as Wildlife Education Assistant for a few months, before heading toward academia and completing a PhD in Plant and Soil Ecology at Ulster University, where she taught soon after for a couple of years as PT lecturer. She has been in between education and conservation for most of her time in NI, recently working as Biodiversity Officer for Ulster Wildlife, before joining the team of KNIB as Eco-Schools and IT Officer in August 2018. When Francesca is not in the office she likes being outdoors hiking on the Mournes, swimming at Helen’s Bay and enjoying her runs.

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Cathy Gorman

Eco-Schools and IT Project Officer

Contact Cathy about: Eco-Schools queries,  Green Flag application and IT.

Cathy has been working with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on and off since 2014. She has a scientific background including a PhD in Molecular Ecology and a PGCE in Biology. She has recently returned to work after having her first daughter and in the little free time, enjoys sewing, crochet and spreading the word on reusable nappies.  

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Anna Green

Eco Schools Officer.

Anna graduated from QUB Joint Honours Spanish and French in 2003. I took a year out to travel around South America. In 2005 I completed my PGCE in Secondary Education in Liverpool Hope University. I have taught in many different schools throughout Northern Ireland. I have 2 mini dachshunds called Denny and Frankie.

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Nicola Fitzsimons

Community Development Officer

Contact Nicola about: Live Here Love Here, Small Grants Scheme, Adopt A Spot, Big Spring Clean activities and Green Flag for Parks and Open Spaces.

Nicola has been with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful since 2011, she has an MSC in Sustainable Rural Development and Project Management and a BSC in Geography both from Queen’s University Belfast. Nicola Joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful through a placement from The Conservation Volunteers and has remained part of the Campaigns team providing advice and support to volunteers through Live Here Love Here and the Small Grants Scheme. Nicola also works with the LEQ team on the Green Flag Award for Parks and Open Spaces.

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Karina Robinson

Project and Events Officer

Contact Karina about: Live Here Love Here, Conferences, Events, Awards, Clean Coasts, Live Here Love Here communications and media.

Karina works on all things Live Here Love Here, including managing the national media campaign and Clean Coasts activities. Karina also leads on many conferences, awards and events across Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. Before joining the team in September 2016, Karina graduated in 2015 from Ulster University with first class honours in BSc (hons) Leisure and Events Management with Distinction* Diploma in International Professional Practice. Karina qualified as a Leave No Trace Trainer in February 2020. As a qualified power-boater, Karina loves any sort of water based sport and can often be found in the sea at Helen's Bay or exploring caves in Fermanagh. 

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Lara Walsh

Live Here Love Here Placement Student

Lara is a placement student at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and currently 2 years into studying Marine Biology BSc at Queen’s University Belfast. Lara works in the Live Here Love Here department, with a focus on using ArcGIS to generate maps. She is from the Lake District in Northern England and enjoys camping, kayaking and hiking outdoors.

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Conor Bush

LEQ Officer

Contact Conor about: Cleaner Neighbourhoods and other Local, Coastal and Marine Environmental Quality Survey.

Conor joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in January 2019 after working for 5 years with various organisations including Ulster Wildlife, Field Studies Council and Science Boffins on education projects. Conor has a BA (Hons) Marine Science from University of Ulster and an MSc Ecological Management and Conservation Biology at Queens University Belfast. He enjoys walking and can often be found by the sea looking in rockpools.

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Joss Glenn

LEQ Placement Student

Joss is a placement student with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and works in the LEQ department, helping with projects involving marine litter and the Beach and Marina Award programmes. She is working towards a degree in Biological Sciences at Queen's University Belfast. Joss is from Co. Donegal and enjoys playing hockey, baking bread and going for walks on the beach.

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Claire Hudson

Tackling Plastics Coordinator

Contact Claire about: Single Use Plastics Project

Claire joined the team as the Single Use Plastics Coordinator in December 2018. Before joining Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, she worked in marketing with experience in both the private and charity sectors. Claire is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She loves the outdoors and serves as a Mountain Biking Officer for a local club and is a Volunteer Ranger for ORNI.

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Claire Leonard

Tackling Plastics Communications Officer

Claire joined us in June 2020 as Tackling Plastics Communications Officer. Claire has a background in Events Management, Marketing and the Music Industry, previously working as Programme Officer at Culture Night Belfast. A First-Class Honours graduate of QUB’s Sonic Arts Research Centre, she achieved a MSc. with Distinction in International Events Management from Ulster University in 2017. Claire enjoys cooking, travelling and playing tenor saxophone with local busking bands.

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Jilly Dougan

Biodiversity Recovery Coordinator

Jilly joined the team in June 2020 to help deliver the Food For Thought Project, A community response to Covid-19

She has an MSc in Agri-Food Business Development and has over 25 years’ experience in the Agri Food Industry with involvement in various food related projects. She manages the Yellow Door Kitchen Garden, growing fruit, vegetables, salad crops, micro herbs and edible flowers for the business and is on the advisory board for Belfast Food Network (Sustainable Food Cities) and on the RUAS Horticultural Committee.

She has installed edible gardening spaces for both the private and public sector (mostly hotels and restaurants), and has written a book for schools, entitled ‘Sow, Grow, Munch’ which was adopted by CCEA in collaboration with Tourism NI as part of a legacy project for N.I. Year of Food and Drink 2016, the ‘Growing for the Future’ project website.

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Siobhan Purnell

Tackling Textiles Coordinator

Siobhan joined us at the end of November 2020 in a new role to raise awareness around the issues of textile and clothing waste and how this affects our environment.  She spent 17 years working with Bryson Charitable Group in a marketing and communications role covering many societal and environmental issues; including energy efficiency, renewable energy, fuel poverty and recycling.  Siobhan has a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from CIM.  She enjoys exploring this island we live on, taking photographs and finding out about local history.

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Scott Howes

Climate Action Coordinator

Scott joined the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful team in October 2020.  With a background in working with young people, families and school groups Scott has held a variety of previous roles in social work, teaching and school headship for over 25 years.  Currently, he continues to work on a part time basis with the W5 Science & Discovery Centre as the Education & Engagement Manager while working as Climate Action Coordinator with KNIB.

Scott holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Environmental Studies, a PGCE and a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). He has a keen interest in the natural world, enjoys bird-watching and hill walking whenever possible.

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Louise Irvine

Climate Action Officer

Louise joined the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful team in January 2021.  Louise has held a variety of previous roles in teaching and community sports development both locally and internationally. Louise holds a degree in Sports coaching, a PGCE and a Masters in Community, Sport & Policy Development. She is a new mum to a beautiful son.

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David McCann

Digital Marketing Officer

David currently helps run our social media accounts across our various programmes. He also promotes our events and deals with social media related issues. 

 

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Susie Gilkinson

Finance and Admin Assistant

Susie joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in September 2020.

Originally from Indonesia, she has studied Financial Management, Secretarial Studies & Business Administration at Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia and has worked in various institutions (school, public sector, private company) in finance and administration role since 2000.

She enjoys cooking, reading, drawing and gardening.

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Carol Forster

Head of Operations

***On Maternity Leave***

Carol joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as Head of Operations in 2018 after 5 years with Northern Ireland Environment Link, the umbrella body for environmental charities in Northern Ireland. As Operations Manager and Deputy CEO at NIEL, Carol provided support on strategy development, project management, membership and new business development. She has also previously worked as AONB Manager at the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust, where she delivered a range of initiatives and projects to promote best practice environmental and protected landscapes management. Carol has a background in planning, graduating from Queens University Belfast with a Msc Degree in Town & Country Planning in 2005 and for a number of years worked as a Planning Consultant in both Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland.