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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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Carol Forster

Head of Operations

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.

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Jade Berman

Business Development and LEQ Manager

Contact Jade about: Business Development; Policy; Local Environmental Standards work including: Blue Flag and Green Flag Award Schemes; Cleaner Neighbourhoods and other Local, Coastal and Marine Environmental Quality Surveys; Green Business Awards; Single Use Plastics and SWIM Project.

Jade joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful in December 2018 after over 7 years as Living Seas Manager at Ulster Wildlife. She has almost 20 years of international experience as a marine biologist, scientific diver, lecturer, and conservation manger and has worked in many places including Antarctica, New Zealand, Panama and the UK. Jade has a PhD in marine biology on the spatial and temporal variability of sponge assemblages and an MSc in Marine Resource Development and Protection.

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Jodie McAneaney

Live Here Love Here Manager

Contact Jodie about: Live Here Love Here.

Jodie joined the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful team as Live Here Love Here Manager in November 2016. Having graduated in 2013 Jodie holds a BA Hons Degree in History and English and MRes Degree in History. Since then she has worked in Ulster University Students’ Union as Student Activities Coordinator. An outdoor enthusiast and keen adventurer, Jodie is always looking for another challenge.

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Ruth Van Ry

Environmental Education Manager

Contact Ruth about: Information on Eco-Schools, EcoCampus, Young Reporters for the Environment and Eco-Home.

Ruth has a BA Hons. in English and completed her PGCE at QUB in June 2010. She joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as an Eco-Schools Project Officer in October 2012 and is now the Manager and National Operator of the programme in Northern Ireland. Ruth has a background in post-primary education and outdoor education and most weekends can be found somewhere in the mountains.

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Cathy Gorman

Eco-Schools Officer

Contact Cathy about: Eco-Schools queries,  Green Flag application and the Wheelie Big Challenge.

Cathy has been working with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful on and off since 2014 on several projects and was appointed Eco-Schools Officer in July 2016. She has a scientific background including a PhD in Molecular Ecology and a PGCE in Biology. She enjoys making cakes for the office, crocheting and finding new hobbies.

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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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Nicola Fitzsimons

Community Development Officer

Contact Nicola about: Big Spring Clean; Marine Litter; Volunteer related enquiries.

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, The Big Spring Clean and Clean Coast Week.

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Karina Robinson

Project and Events Officer


Contact Karina about: Conferences, Events, Awards and Live Here Love Here.

Karina works on all things Live Here Love Here, as well as conferences, awards and events across Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. Before joining the team in September 2016 as Live Here Love Here Intern, Karina graduated in 2015 from Ulster University with first class honours in BSc (hons) Leisure and Events Management with Diploma in International Professional Practice. As a qualified power-boater, Karina loves any sort of water based sport and is a member of the Speleological Union of Ireland.

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Ciara Laverty

Live Here Love Here Project Support Officer

Contact Ciara about Live Here Love Here and Adopt A Spot

Ciara joined the team in October 2018. Ciara has a BA (Hons) Wildlife and Media from University of Cumbria and has just completed MSc Ecological Management and Conservation Biology at Queens University Belfast. She enjoys walking, bird watching and wildlife photography.

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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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Jamie Miller

Certifications Coordinator

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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Claire Hudson

Single Use Plastics Coordinator

Contact Claire about; Single Use Plastics Project.

Claire joined our team as the Single Use Plastics Coordinator in December 2018. Before joining Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, she has 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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Emma Johnston

EU SWIM Project Officer

Contact Emma about: EU SWIM project.


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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Victoria Rowan

Finance and Admin Officer


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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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.