The board of Directors are the people who have overall responsibility for governing Nexus
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.
Hannah is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland with 10 years’ experience in financial management.
The majority of her experience has been gained in the Northern Ireland public sector, having previously worked in Health and Social Care, she now works for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in their Finance Business Partner team for Support Services.
Hannah was a former member and treasurer of the Nexus Board from 2017 to 2020 and has returned to the Board for another term. From her previous work with Nexus Board, she had a particular interest in value for money in the public sector and ensuring public money is spent correctly. She fully values the work of Nexus and has been a supporter of the organisation since her initial term on the Board.
This time around, Hannah hopes to build on her previous contributions to the Board to ensure Nexus continues to be able to deliver such an important and valuable services for their clients.
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 responsible 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.
Michelle has spent over 30 years working in communications, spanning the disciplines of journalism, Public Relations, reputational management, Public Affairs and stakeholder engagement.
Michelle currently works in criminal justice and has a specific interest in the lived experiences of women coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
She is an inaugural Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (CDPB); co-founding ‘Women in PR’ as well as the NI Public Sector Communications Forum, where she chaired its leadership work. She is a Fellow of her Chartered Institute, CIPR Global.
As a former public servant, she worked at the most senior levels as a Ministerial advisor and as an Assistant Director with the largest social housing body in western Europe, where she was Head of Corporate Communications.
Ryan joined the Board in 2022. Ryan is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and a Solicitor of The Elliott Trainor Partnership based in Newry. His specialisms include dispute resolution, family law and criminal law. In 2021, he became an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Order Panel. Ryan regularly represents people affected by sexual crime and domestic violence and holds an extensive knowledge of the processes which follow the reporting of these crimes. He is well versed in engaging with the Court Service, PSNI, Public Prosecution Service, Victim and Witness Care Unit, Women’s Aid, and Social Services. Ryan considers Nexus to be an invaluable resource and looks forward to supporting the work of Nexus.
Elly is an Operations Manager working for South and East Belfast GP Federations. She has worked in General Practice and Primary Care for almost 10 years, in a variety of senior roles, most notably with the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency, the Health and Social Care Board (now known as Strategic Performance and Planning Group (SPPG) in the Department of Health), and the Eastern Local Medical Council.
Elly specialises in event, project and financial management, and has expertise in communication strategies, graphic design and data analytics.
Elly is a Care Experienced adult and works in a few additional roles with Kindercare NI, Queens University Belfast and the NI Guardian ad Litem Agency, where she uses her lived experience to inform and improve service delivery, provide consultancy and facilitate training workshops and presentations.
Sarah Sweeney is Head of Policy at National Voices, which is the leading coalition of health and social care charities in England. Sarah has a wealth of experience in policy, campaigning, research and community development. Prior to joining National Voices, Sarah led the campaigns, communications and health policy influencing work of Friends, Families and Travellers, the UK’s largest charity working to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people.
Sarah is passionate about the work that Nexus does and is keen to use her experiences and skills to support the charity’s work. Sarah grew up in Belfast, but now lives in Brighton.
Kathryn is Deputy Director of Apprenticeships and Youth Training (Performance and Delivery) in the Department for the Economy and has worked in a range of policy areas since joining the NICS in 2012. Her experience prior to this includes working for RNIB NI and the Meningitis Research Foundation.
Kathryn is proud to be able to bring her experience to bear to support the work of Nexus in delivering services to the people of Northern Ireland in a timely responsive and person centred way.