Danielle Mackle (Here NI Chairperson)Danielle Mackle is a qualified social worker working for a large children’s charity. Danielle has experience working in the field of mental health as well as working with the BAME community in NI and working with young people in the care system. Danielle’s PhD explores the human development and well-being of the LGBT community in NI. Danielle lectures part-time in sociology and social policy at Ulster University.
Lisa Walker – (Here NI Secretary) Lisa is a Professional Financial Adviser with experience in project development and management. In 2013 she started the Gay Business Network NI and continues to work towards developing professional links and supporting local LGBT business. Lisa has experience delivering workshops as part of her work with the European Voluntary Service Training Team in Northern Ireland and is keen to encourage any young person to travel and to get involved with European (and local) volunteering. After finishing her degree in Drama from Queens University she lived in Luxembourg for a year and worked in the Luxembourg National Theatre and she maintains a keen interest in Theatre and performing arts.
Karen Ritchie is a mum of two. Karen has experience in learning consultancy and HR. She enjoys mountain and marathon walking, gardening, art, cooking and is a vinyl record collector.
Keira McCormack -Keira ran the charity Gender Essence Support Services, stepping down recently to concentrate on other parts of the charity. She currently works for a Domestic Abuse charity as an IDVA, helping to set up their LGBT specific services. Keira has significant experience working in the women’s sector in particular the Rape Crisis centre and Women’s Aid on developing groups. Keira co-founded Essence Arts, delivers training and is a qualified Counsellor.
Cassie Campbell – Cassie is a qualified Youth Worker with nine years’ experience working in the field of youth and community work. Holding a BSc (Hons) in Community Youth Work and a number of relevant qualifications to complement this, she has recently completed her MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication. Currently Cassie works for Action Deaf Youth, in the role of Youth Services Coordinator managing the youth services for deaf young people across NI. She also holds a level 3 British Sign Language Qualification. As a fully qualified Assessor and Internal Quality Assessor Cassie has practical and theoretical experience of delivering and designing accredited vocational training. Throughout her professional career and voluntary work Cassie has accumulated a range of experience working with vulnerable groups and also of Management, Funding, Policy and Strategic Planning.
Sharon Whittaker –Sharon worked in public relations for almost 10 years in the private, non-departmental public body and third sectors, including coordinating all the communications activities of a children’s rights charity for six years. She is currently working with independent TV production companies in Northern Ireland developing, researching and producing factual content and documentaries. She holds a BSc Hons degree in Communication, Advertising & Marketing and a Masters degree in Political Lobbying & Public Affairs from Ulster University, as well as a vocational qualification in newspaper journalism. She was a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations NI Committee and chaired the board of the Media Trust’s Do Something Brilliant Initiative in Northern Ireland.