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Board of trustees

  • Prof Michael Catto
  • Prof Garth Earls
  • Prof Karen Fleming
  • Mrs Daphne Harshaw
  • Dr Rosemary Kelly
  • Dr Leon Litvack
  • Mr Miceal McCoy ( Chair)
  • Mrs Hazel Francey (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Alan McFarland
  • Dr George McIlroy
  • Mrs Catherine Molloy
  • Mrs Annette Moor
  • Mr Joseph Rice
  • Dr Margaret Ward

Minutes of Board Meetings

Mr Miceal McCoy (Chairman)

[Appointed Trustee 1 May 2013; Appointed Chairman 1 Jan 2014]

Mr McCoy’s career spans the private sector, where he was a Production Manager within the meat industry, through to public appointments in the Agricultural, Economic and Health and Social Services departments. He chaired the Southern Organisation for Action in Rural Areas (SOAR) and was Chairman of the Rural White Paper Group on governance 2009-2010.

Mr McCoy was a member of the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission. He previously served as Chairman of the Business and Service Delivery Committee and the Criminal Working Group within the Commission.

Mr McCoy brings private sector experience as well as governance and policy skills to the NMNI Board.

He has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Mrs Hazel Francey (Vice Chairman)

[Appointed 1 Jan 2014; Appointed Vice Chairman September 2016]

Mrs Francey spent most of her working life with Belfast City Council where she had responsibility for equality, community relations, race relations and diversity.  Her previous roles within the City Council included community development, policy development, corporate planning and leading the Good Relations Unit.

Mrs Francey is a former Board member of the Community Relations Council and is currently a Commissioner with the Equality Commission for NI.  She is a member of the Board of Governors of two local schools, Wellington College Belfast and Rosetta Primary.  She is also a Director on the Board of the Ullans Academy and the Artsekta organisation.

Mrs Francey brings equality and social inclusion experience, as well as management skills to the NMNI Board.

She has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Professor Michael Catto

[Appointed 1 Jan 2014]

Professor Catto is currently a Visiting Professor at Ulster University, Belfast. He is a Board Member of NI Screen, where he sits on the Investment Committee, and is also a Member of the NI Steering Committee of the British Film Institute Regional Hub.

Professor Catto brings academic experience and skills, as well as an interest in the heritage of NI, to the NMNI Board.

He has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Professor Garth Earls

[Appointed 1 Jan 2014]

Professor Earls is currently Director and Chief Operating Officer of Premier Gold Resources Limited. He was previously Director of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Chairman of the Geosciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy and Managing Director of Dalradian Gold Limited

Professor Earls brings corporate governance skills and corporate strategy experience to the NMNI Board.

He has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Professor Karen Fleming

[Appointed 1 May 2013]

Professor Fleming is Director of the Research Institute for Art and Design at Ulster University and a member of the senior management team in the Faculty of Art Design and the Built Environment. She chairs the institute’s Executive Committee and Board and the Research Ethics committee of the University.

A textile artist of international esteem, Professor Fleming is a member of the Executive Board of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD) and the Board of Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (Grad CAM).  In her role as a principal investigator of research projects she has received grants from the AHRC, Wellcome Trust, the British Council (Canada) and European FP7. Professor Fleming is a member of the Arts Humanities and Research Council (AHRC) peer review college and provides peer review for the Pasold Institute and the Times Higher Education Awards. She is also a former Board member of Craft NI.

Professor Fleming brings creativity, management and corporate governance skills to the NMNI Board.

She has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Mrs Daphne Harshaw

[Appointed 1 May 2013]

Mrs Harshaw is a Master’s graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, in the History of Art and taught History of Art and Art Appreciation in Dublin. She is a Communications and Marketing professional and was a Principal Officer, Personnel and Management Services, in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, initiating programmes to promote equality and counter educational disadvantage

Mrs Harshaw is Vice-Chairman of Cambridge House Grammar School and chaired the Ballymena Business Education Partnership. She is also Vice-Chairman of Triangle Housing Association.

Mrs Harshaw’s experience also spans the arts and heritage sector where she worked as a curator for the National Trust and had curatorial, house and staff management experience at Mount Stewart. She was also Arts Officer for Antrim Borough Council.

Mrs Harshaw brings organisational and communication skills, as well as a passion and interest in museums, to the NMNI Board.

She has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Dr Rosemary Kelly OBE

[Appointed 1 May 2013]

Dr Rosemary Kelly is currently a member of the Northern Ireland Board of the National Trust and the Northern Ireland Chapter of the Kilfinnan Group.

Her wide ranging public service has included Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Chairman of the British Council in NI and member of its international Board in London, Board membership of the Ireland Chair of Poetry and a member of the first Ofcom Content Board in London.  Her experience also includes ten years on the governing Council of Ulster University, Chairman of the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Deputy Chairman of the Ulster Orchestra, President of the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals and a founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy.  In addition, she was Chairman of the Help the Aged charity in Northern Ireland (now Age NI) for eight years and a Trustee of its international Board in London.

Dr Kelly’s experience also spans the commercial sector where she was a Governor of the Irish Times in Dublin.  In addition, she was a former programme producer and Head of Public Affairs at BBC Northern Ireland.

In 2009 she was awarded an OBE and in 2012 the Ulster University awarded her an Honorary DLitt - both for services to the Arts.

Dr Kelly serves as Chairman of the NMNI General Purposes and Finance Committee, and has served on a number of NMNI Board Working Groups.

She has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Dr Leon Litvack

[Appointed 1 Jan 2014]

Dr Litvack is currently a Trustee of the Charles Dickens Museum; he is also a Board Member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, for which he chairs the Finance and Capital Committee. He is an academic member of staff at Queen’s University and a freelance broadcaster. He was previously a Governor of the Linen Hall Library and a Board Member of the NI Community Relations Council.

Dr Litvack brings corporate governance and business planning experience, and skills in equality, to the NMNI Board.

Dr Litvack serves as Vice-Chairman of the NMNI Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, and has served on a number of NMNI Board Working Groups.

He has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Mr Alan McFarland

[Appointed 1 May 2013]

Mr McFarland served as an officer in the British Army until 1992. He served as Press Officer for the UK Mobile Force and as a Management Consultant with the Ministry of Defence.  He was also Curator of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment Museum, was Director of the Somme Museum and is currently Chairman of the Somme Association.

His wide ranging public service has included Trustee of the Scotch-Irish Trust of Ulster which owns The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, Omagh; membership of the NI Forum for Political Dialogue and membership of the Ulster Unionist Talks Team that negotiated the Belfast Agreement. He also served as a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, holding a variety of positions and serving on various committees. He was a member of the first Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Mr McFarland brings leadership, press and media skills, as well as a particular expertise in military history, to the NMNI Board.

He has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Dr George McIlroy

[Appointed 1 Jan 2014]

Dr McIlroy has over 25 years’ experience in corporate governance and budgetary and policy development from working in senior executive and non-executive roles on Boards in both the private and public sectors. He was Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Chief Scientific Officer (Deputy Secretary) and a Member of the Board of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). He was appointed by the DARD Minister as the first Chief Executive/Accounting Officer of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, a newly established public sector body of 850 staff and an annual budget of £55m.

Dr McIlroy is currently a member of the Boards of the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority and the Western Health and Social Care Trust and is an independent member and Deputy Chair of the TB Strategic Partnership Group, an advisory Board to the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.  He is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, an elected Fellow of both the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Institute of Leadership and Management, and was also an elected Fellow of the Institute of Directors

Dr McIlroy serves as Vice Chairman of the NMNI General Purposes and Finance Committee and has served on a number of NMNI Board Working Groups.

He has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Mrs Catherine Molloy

[Appointed 1 Jan 2014]

Mrs Molloy is a retired Primary School Principal and a former Trustee of Mediation NI. She was an elected member of Belfast City Council (1997-2005) and served on the Belfast Education and Library Board, the Linenhall Library Board, two primary school Boards of Governors and the South Belfast Partnership Board.

She currently volunteers with the Prince’s Trust as a Progression Mentor and with the National Trust as a Visitor Experience Guide.

Mrs Molloy brings corporate governance experience and skills to the NMNI Board.

Mrs Molloy does not hold any other public appointments.  She was a member of the SDLP until 2012.

Mrs Annette Moor

[Appointed 1 May 2013]

Mrs Moor has held senior roles within the public, private and voluntary sectors, as Chairman, Chief Executive, Director and Member of a variety of boards and committees. Her main driver is working to ensure a high and sustainable quality of offering from museums and collections, with partnerships working together to bring heritage to diverse mainstream as well as potentially poorly served audiences in inspirational and appropriate ways.

Mrs Moor is currently Chairman of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee and has served on a number of NMNI Board Working Groups.

Mrs Moor brings governance, human resources, financial, heritage and estate management skills to the NMNI Board.

She has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Mr Joseph Rice

[Appointed 1 May 2013]

Mr Rice is a qualified solicitor and the Principal Solicitor in his own firm. He is a former member of the Law Society Council and is an active member of the Access to Justice Sub-Committee and the Professional Ethics & Guidance Committee. He is also a Deputy District Judge.

His wide ranging public service has included acting as Board member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland where he was a member of the Finance Committee and a Board Member of the Historic Monuments Council.  He is currently a member of the Linenhall Library in Belfast and a Friend of the Ulster Museum.

Mr Rice brings legal, human rights and governance skills to the NMNI Board.

He has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

Dr Margaret Ward

[Appointed 1 Jan 2014]

From 2005 until her retirement in December 2013 Dr Margaret Ward was the Director of the Women’s Resource and Development Agency. In 2014 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Ulster University for her contribution to advancing women's equality. She is an historian and the author of several books on women in Irish history and is currently Visiting Fellow in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen's University, Belfast.

Dr Ward’s wide ranging public service has included acting as a Board member of Libraries NI and between 2008 and 2015 was a Board member of the Consumer Council.

Dr Ward brings experience of equality and social inclusion issues, as well as strategic planning skills to the NMNI Board.

She has not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.