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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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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.