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Our Board of Directors bring a wealth of experience to Nexus, and in their voluntary capacity they have helped steer the strategic direction of the organisation, with the aim that we can help those that need us across NI who have been affected by sexual violence.

Brian Archer
Chair
Brian Archer has been a qualified solicitor since 1994. He practices in Belfast in Archer Solicitors and specialises in Criminal Law in respect of PACE advice in police stations and clients before the Magistrate and Crown Courts. Brian has an ongoing interest in the development of services to those suffering with mental health problems within the Criminal Justice System. He became a board member of Nexus in 2012, the vice chair in 2015 and the chair in April 2016.
Sarah Lennox
Vice Chair
Sarah has been a Nexus board member since 2015, with previous service on the board from 2012-2014. Currently Vice-Chair of the Board and member of the Strategy and Business Development Committees, Sarah enjoys sharing the skills she has developed over 16 years in the commercial legal world to benefit and support the work of the strategic direction of Nexus. Sarah also has a track record of over 11 years experience as a non-executive legal director in the third sector.
Allen Martin
Treasurer
Allen is a qualified chartered accountant and has been a Board Member of Nexus NI since 2013. He has over 16 years of experience working in the corporate finance sector and is currently a Senior Investment Executive with Venture Capital firm, Kernel Capital. Allen sits on a number of private company Boards and brings experience of financial control, financial compliance, risk management and corporate governance.
Glenda Burns
Board Member
Glenda has been a Board member with Nexus NI since 2015. She has a strong background in business development, modernisation and health promotion within the voluntary, community and public sectors. Her diverse background has afforded Glenda to attain many skills, especially in restructuring organisations, finance, project management and securing funding. Currently a chief officer of a large community health initiative. Glenda is keen to contribute her skills and experience in helping Nexus NI to keep moving forward and thriving.
Judith Blair
Board Member
Judith Blair is a graduate from both Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. Following a number of years travelling and working with Voluntary Services Overseas and the British Council, she returned to Northern Ireland to practice law. She is the Principal of her own firm of solicitors specialising in employment law. Judith has a long track record in the promotion of gender equality and minority rights. She is a qualified mediator and regular speaker to many organisations in the field of employment advice.
James Copeland
Board Member
James Copeland has been a member of the Board of Trustees from January 2016. His experience mainly lies within the community and voluntary sector and has worked with a variety of organisations in the LGBT, HIV, Parenting and Family Sectors. He currently works as an Assistant Team Manager for the Belfast operation of the NSPCC Adult Helpline which provides advice, support and referrals regarding Child Welfare and Protection. He has studied mediation and has a diploma and leadership and management from the CMI. James also enjoys undertaking some associate consultation work with the Institute for Conflict Research on hate crime and conflict transformation.
Donna Feehan
Board Member
Donna has over 16 years’ experience working in the Financial Services industry with one of the ‘Big Four’ banks in NI. Currently working in Business Development as an Analyst, Donna is responsible for supporting the implementation and maintenance of strategies, plans and products using specialist tools/techniques to increase the market penetration and profitability of the banks products, services and channels. As a past client of Nexus, Donna actively promotes the organisation through fundraising, representation at events and membership of the Client Forum and in hand brings a unique set of attributes to the Board.
Dr Maggie Long
Board Member
Maggie is a recently appointed member to the Nexus Board, and the Clinical Committee of the organisation. As an experienced professional in higher education, her expertise is very beneficial to Nexus NI. Maggie provides guidance on issues relevant to practice, policy and research. Maggie is also keen to increase the profile of Nexus NI by promoting the links between higher education and the community/voluntary sector in NI.
Peter Mann
Board Member
Peter is employed by the Commission for Victims and Survivors as their Policy Officer. His role involves analysing law, practice and services in order to safeguard and promote the interests of those affected by the Troubles/conflict in Northern Ireland. Peter has a keen interest in community safety and assesses cities throughout the UK and Ireland as a Lead Assessor for the Purple Flag scheme. Previously, he spent eight years managing economic development projects in Belfast city centre and recently served as a BBC Audience Council member. In his spare time Peter is a voluntary youth leader.
Hannah Crookes
Board Member
Hannah is a Shared Services Accountant and Finance Manager for Business Services Organisation (BSO). Having previously trained in the private sector for 6 years, she made a move to the public sector 4 years ago to work within the finance team in BSO, who provide support services to Health Trusts and Organisations in Northern Ireland at a reduced cost. She specialises in management accounts so realises the importance of spending public money correctly and not spending more than what has been allocated. The area of Shared Services is a new area within Health in NI and has been a difficult transition but has highlighted there are savings to be made through change.
Zoe McKee
Board Member
Zoe works within the Criminal Justice Sector and is particularly involved in working with victims of sexual violence and abuse. Through her professional role, she engages closely with representatives from community and statutory sectors and plays a pivotal role for victim services within her area of business.
Deidre Bones
Board Member
Deidre works within the Criminal Justice Sector in Northern Ireland and is particularly involved and interested in working with victims of sexual violence and abuse and delivering the best possible service to them. In her professional capacity Deidre also works with community and voluntary sector as well as other agencies and sees these partnerships as crucial in supporting victims appropriately and tackling sexual violence in NI. Deidre also sits on the Clinical Committee at Nexus.
Rachel Edwards
Board Member
As Communications and Marketing Manager with The Strategic Investment Board, Rachel provides strategic advice and support to a range of government departments, agencies, non-departmental public bodies and local authorities. With qualifications in journalism and marketing, and over 10 years’ experience in both public and private sector roles, Rachel has an in depth knowledge and strong strategic understanding of what does and doesn’t work. She sits as a strategic communications advisor to the CEO and is excited to share her learning in order to make Nexus stronger.