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Our Board of Directors bring a wealth of experience.

Karly joined the Board in 2018 and has been Chairperson since 2020. Karly is Director of Strategic Development & Partnerships at the Arts Council NI and previously held senior roles in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and strategic consultancy firms in London and Belfast.

Karly's background in strategy, policy, 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. She is experienced in working with multiple stakeholders to build customer/market segmentations and satisfaction/impact surveys, working with research users to successfully implement the recommendations from the insights and influencing government policy on a number of areas, particularly relating to social justice.

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Glenda has been a Board member 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 to support those affected by sexual trauma.

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Catherine is a graduate from Queen’s University Belfast and a Partner in Worthingtons Solicitors specialising in charity, corporate and commercial law. She is very passionate about the work of Nexus and will use her skills and experience to help NEXUS to grow and develop, helping as many people as possible.

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Sheryl is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, with over 20 years’ experience of financial management and corporate governance in the private, public and voluntary sectors. As Nexus’ Treasurer, Sheryl’s role is to support the Board to oversee all aspects of financial management, and to make recommendations to the Board in relation to the organisation's finances.

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Dr Helen Beckett has been researching child welfare issues for the last 25 years, specifically focusing on children and young people’s experiences of sexual violence for the last 12 years. She is Director of the Safer Young Lives Research Centre at the University of Bedfordshire, an applied research centre researching young people’s experiences of abuse and working with others to improve responses to these.

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Lynda is counsellor, supervisor and trainer working in private practice. Lynda qualified as a social worker and worked in child protection, fostering and adoption teams for over 25 years where during this time she completed her counsellor training. Lynda often works with clients who have recently experienced abuse or who are dealing with historic abuse in their own lives or where someone in their family has been abused. Lynda is extending her experience and skills to the Nexus Board to support counsellors and services offered by organisation.

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Pauline Irving is currently a practising counsellor, specialising in working with trauma and abuse. Prior to retiring in 2016, she was a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at the University of Ulster, with nearly forty year’s teaching experience and course development. Her main research and teaching interests are in therapeutic communication with a particular interest in crisis management at personal and organisational levels. Recently Pauline was part of a pan-European project aimed at developing effective crisis communication strategies in the aftermath of terrorist attack. This involved working with research partners in Israel, Spain, Greece, Germany and Bulgaria. The resultant strategy was disseminated in the form of a crisis communication manual which is now in use by public authorities throughout Europe. Pauline has worked with individuals who have suffered trauma as a result of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ and has published in this area, particularly in relation to the effects of the Omagh bombing. She has a wide range of research publications and has been invited speaker at both national and international conferences.

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Olga has 30 years’ HR experience in both public and private sector having gained considerable experience in designing and managing employee wellbeing programmes.

Olga recently retired as a Lecturer at Belfast Metropolitan College where she was responsibile for directing and delivering on a wide range of counselling programmes. Olga is contributing the skills, knowledge and experience gained throughout her career to Nexus.

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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.

Peter has worked within the Northern Ireland Civil Service for over 33 years, currently working within the criminal justice sector as a Departmental Programme and Project manager. Peter’s time in the NICS has allowed him to work in many different departments, taking on many diverse roles working mostly in IT. It was his current role within criminal justice that brought the work undertaken by Nexus to his attention and as a result Peter became a member of the Nexus Board in February 2020.

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