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Sue Christie OBE

Chair

Sue was the CEO of Northern Ireland Environment Link, the networking and forum body for voluntary environmental organizations in Northern Ireland, from 1991 to 2014. She is an ecologist originally from the US with a wide range of environmental interests and has been involved in a number of voluntary organisations, government committees and working groups on a variety of environmental matters. In retirement she spends her time with KNIB, especially Eco-Schools and LHLH; a variety of other committees including Sustainable NI, Belfast Food Network, CNCC, INTERREG V; gardening and dog 'training'. She is also preparing teaching materials on Madagascar with a local charity, ADSUM.

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Brian Monroe

Brian, a qualified chartered accountant, is currently the Director of Finance and Operations for Baker and McKenzie Global Services in Belfast. He started his career in Price Waterhouse, and has held senior management roles in the airport, retail, legal and recruitment industries. He is involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, training and supervising participants during their hill walking expeditions. He is also a fair weather cyclist, the demands of two children putting a strain on the amount of saddle time.

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Kerry Curran

Kerry is currently a Research Policy Manager at Queen's University Belfast. She has more than fifteen years' experience of working in strategic corporate affairs and policy roles having previously been the Communications manager (Science) for the Environment Agency England and Wales and the Communications and Policy Manager for the Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group. She has an MBA from Ulster University and is also a Board Member for the MBA Association Ireland. She is a Committee Member for ARMA UK and a member of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations. She has represented the Environment Agency (GB) on strategic cross government and regulatory panels such as the Living with Environmental Change Group and the Regulators Research Forum. She has also been an ISO Standards Committee Member for Northern Ireland, on ISO 20121.

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Lesley Bourke

Lesley has over 20 years' experience as General Counsel and Company Secretary for Northern Bank Limited, now trading as Danske Bank. Lesley manages a team of eight people in the bank’s Legal Department and provides advice to the Board and the bank. She joined the bank in 1986 moving through a number of legal roles from Solicitor to Senior Corporate Lawyer. Lesley is a qualified solicitor and completed a management programme at Cranfield University in 2008. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and a member of the Senate (the governing body) of Queen's University Belfast.

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Richard (Dicky) Cherry

Dicky is Group Commercial Director at The Alpha Media Group, Northern Irelands largest locally owned weekly newspaper group. Alpha publishes nine titles in the province and three in the ROI. Prior to this Dicky was Group Sales Director at INM where he had full commercial responsibility for Belfast Telegraph Print and Digital business’ and latterly Head of UK Business Acquisition at Orange PCS for 12 years running teams across SME Corporate and Government Markets. Outside work Dicky is a keen golfer and keep fit enthusiast.

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Anna Lo MBE

Anna was born in Hong Kong and settled in Northern Ireland in 1974. She had been a social worker in Social Services and Barnardos prior to being the Director for the Chinese Welfare Association. She was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007 and retired in 2016. Anna was the Chair of the Environment Committee in the Assembly from 2011 to 2016.

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Tim Walker

Tim holds a PhD in Performance Management & Organisational Change. Since 1997, he has worked as the Head of Waste Management in Belfast City Council. In this role, Tim has overseen many innovations in recycling and waste policy in the council, such as the introduction of a food waste scheme. Tim was a trustee of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management until early 2017, and served as Regional Chair from 2001-2003. 

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Stephen Finlay

Stephen has held management positions within the local government and tourism sectors. During his career he has worked as a consultant with Deloitte and has successfully delivered strategy and change programmes. Stephen has broad international experience having trained and worked in Canada, America, and Europe. He recently held the position of Director of Corporate Development with Tourism NI and through this role supported the introduction of ‘Live Here Love Here’. He is a keen proponent of sustainable tourism and has worked as Sustainable Tourism and Economy Lead with the South Downs National Park Authority, Britain’s newest National Park. Stephen holds a first class degree in Geography from Queen’s University Belfast and a MA in Geography from the University of Toronto.