Since gaining a postgraduate in children’s services, Muriel has worked within the voluntary and community sectors. She has extensive knowledge of families who are within the threshold of child protection and receive services from tier one through to tier four.
Muriel’s background is in early years, training, family support, therapeutic counselling, and operations management, as well as having skills in strategic planning and business development all within the education, statutory and community & voluntary sector.
Muriel has over twenty years’ experience of leading high achieving staff teams and extensive experience in managing and developing staff progression and services.
Yvonne is a consultant, currently working with a range of grant-making organisations to design new funding programmes. Previous roles have included, working as Senior Portfolio Manager at the National Lottery Community Fund; Director of Operations and Development for Pause, Creating Space For Change, an organisation working with women and their children who are at risk of being taken into care; Social Impact Bond Director; and Assistant Director at The Children’s Society. Yvonne is also a Trustee with the National Children’s Bureau and chairs the Strategy Advisory Group.
Trása Canavan is the Senior Policy & Public Affairs Lead for Barnardo’s NI. Trása works closely with the wide range of services delivered by Barnardo’s NI, to understand the realities facing children in Northern Ireland and uses this evidence to shape policy to achieve the best outcomes for children.
Duane Farrell has been working in the Community and Voluntary sector in Northern Ireland for over 20 years. During that time, he has worked within the LGB&T community, as well as with older people and children & young people. In these roles, he has developed services, led campaigns and worked to influence legislation and policy.
Currently, Duane is the Chief Executive of Relate NI, a Commissioner with the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and a Trustee of Grow NI.
Jerome is the Policy and Practice Impact Adviser at Save the Children. He has worked on a wide range of issues, from early education to climate change to poverty, and experience of working with children and families to campaign for change.
Jerome is committed to human rights and working collaboratively with others to achieve positive social change.
Amanda is part of the Senior Management Team at Northern Ireland Youth Forum. She leads on projects that are mainly focussed on housing, homelessness and mental health, ensuring that young people have their voices heard and are involved in decisions that affect their lives. Amanda is currently studying to become a psychotherapist as well as being a mummy to three amazing and lively boys! In her very limited spare time she likes to run (a little bit) and does yoga.
Shirelle is the Director of the National Autistic Society NI. She has over twenty years’ experience working in the voluntary and charitable sector, with considerable experience in the field of policy, campaigns and external affairs.
Alicia is the Chief Executive of Voice of Young People In Care (VOYPIC) a children’s charity that promotes the rights and voice of children in care, aiming to ensure that every child has a safe, stable, and positive experience of care and is involved in decisions about their life.