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.

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
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.
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

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.
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
Catherine Cooney
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 hopes that her skills and experience will help NEXUS to grow and develop, helping as many people as possible.
Pauline Irving
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 experience of teaching 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.