Board

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
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.
Glenda Burns
Deputy Chair
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
Chair
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.
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
Treasurer

Hannah joined the Nexus NI Board in 2016 and also sits on the Audit and Risk Committee. She has recently accepted a role as a Financial Analyst in a large Aerospace and Engineering company in Northern Ireland, having previously gained experience over the last 10 years in various areas of the private and public sector. Prior to her recent appointment, she worked for 6 years in public health, with her focus being on efficiencies stemming from shared services and value for money spending within the Health sector. She hopes to use her experience in her role as Treasurer in Nexus NI to ensure that the organisation remains financially secure and that it can deliver their operational and strategic aims

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
Company Secretary
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.
Karly Greene
Board Member

As Head of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s (NIHE) Research and Equality Department, Karly has overall responsibility for all strategic housing research and ensuring that the overall Research and Intelligence Programme is continually informing planning and housing policy. Karly joined NIHE in 2017 from Quadrangle, a London-based research consultancy, and previously held roles in Clarabridge and PwC. Her background in Research, consulting and analytics spans over a decade working with organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors. She is a specialist in large quantitative and data driven projects mainly helping organisations better utilise their data to understand their relative market and customer base and demonstrate their impact. She is experienced in working with multiple stakeholders to build customer/market segmentations and satisfaction/impact surveys and working with research users to successfully implement the recommendations from the insights.

Dympna Browne
Board Member

Dympna is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Belfast Trust. She qualified in 2003 with the Psychological Society of Ireland and more recently was awarded a PhD from QUB for research investigating the psychological impact of child sexual abuse on non- offending parents. Dympna brings a breath of clinical psychotherapy knowledge and skills on the impact of sexual abuse developmentally across the life span and the impact on families and organisations.

Helen Beckett
Director