Dr Danielle Mackle (Here NI Chairperson)is a qualified social worker working for a large children’s charity and is also a Lecturer at Queens University 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 explored the human development and well-being of the LGBT community in NI.
Sally Bridge and her partner, Catherine, started Dykes With Babes, the first lesbian parenting group in Northern Ireland, in December 2000 and their 2 young sons were founder members. She has since worked on the Love Equality campaign and her Master’s research looked at school libraries in NI and how they support the information needs of their LGBT pupils. Sally works as a Librarian in Queen’s University Belfast and is the co-chair of the staff LGBT network, PRISM.
Alison McDowell is a Barrister specialising in family law with a particular emphasis on same sex families, surrogacy and equality issues. Alison is also a member of Lawyers with Pride. Outside of work Alison is a member of a local choral society and loves spending time with her family
Jill Rafferty is an experienced consultant working on projects across the public and private sectors. She has a BSc Hons in Computer Science and currently works for a professional services company. She is involved in a number of diversity networks supporting the respect and inclusion of LGBT matters and initiatives in the workplace. Jill is a new mum of one and enjoys outdoor fitness activities in her spare time.
Jacqueline Johnston has a breadth of knowledge within the charitable sector. Throughout her career she has been a passionate advocate for those in our community that are marginalised and vulnerable. She currently works in supported employment, specialising in adapting organisations to make them more inclusive for them and their disabled employees. In her spare time she enjoys baking and walking her dogs.”
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 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.