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

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, 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 has recently qualified as a Leave No Trace Trainer and is implementing these skills as the Conservation Officer and founding member of Ulster Speleological Society and Caving Club. As a qualified power-boater, Karina loves any sort of water based sport and can often be found either on the water or exploring caves in Fermanagh. 

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Jilly Dougan

Food For Thought Project Officer

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.