Membership of CEF brings with it access to your peers across Northern Ireland’s public service. Our members span central government, local government and the Arm’s Length Bodies that deliver services on their behalf.

The Forum offers a network that facilitates opportunities to learn about the latest best practice; updates on policy developments and an understanding of what is influencing public policy development. Our events and networking opportunities enable members to broaden their networks, learn from each other and from outside experts and to help create solutions to the issues common to all public sector leaders. We bring national and international speakers relevant to the challenges facing local public sector leaders, as well as providing a platform to showcase local best practice, enabling us to learn from each other.

We work to provide access to thought leadership in issues ranging from personal and organisational resilience to technological and digital development; tackling workplace issues; driving and delivering transformation and keeping up to date on the latest guidance on governance and accountability.

In addition to our briefings which are free of charge and exclusive to members, the Forum offers a range of programmes bespoke to our members in the Northern Ireland public sector. These include Public Accountability and Governance seminars; the Building Inclusive Leaders programme for women at senior levels in their organisation and ‘Making the Soundbite Count’ a media training programmes bespoke for senior public sector leaders in Northern Ireland. We have recently added a suite of NLP-based leadership programmes, firmly based in the outcomes-based approach of the Programme for Government. Each of these programmes are available to book at discounted rates for CEF members. Additional programmes designed for individual organisations are available on request.

Criteria for Membership

Membership is open to all organisations within the Northern Ireland public sector. To find out more contact: (opens in new tab).

Members Directory

  • A
  • Authority


  • Agri-food and Biosciences Institute
    Dr Stanley McDowell
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
    Richard Baker
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
    Stephen Reid
  • Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
    Roger Wilson
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland
    Roisín McDonough
  • B
  • Belfast City Council
    John Walsh
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
    Dr Cathy Jack
  • Belfast Met
    Louise Warde-Hunter
  • Business Services Organisation
    Karen Bailey
  • C
    Barry Neilson
  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
    David Jackson
  • Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
    Frances McCandless
  • Children's Court Guardian Agency for NI
    Dawn Shaw
  • Civil Service Commissioners
    Deirdre Toner
  • Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta
    Maria Thomasson
  • Commission for Victims & Survivors
    Andrew Sloan
  • Commission for Victims of Crime
    Geraldine Hanna
  • Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland
    Evelyn Hoy
  • Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse
    Fiona Ryan
  • Community Relations Council
    Jacqueline Irwin
  • Consumer Council for Northern Ireland
    Noyona Chundur
  • Council for Catholic Maintained Schools
    Eve Bremner
  • Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
    Gerry Campbell
  • Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland
    James Corrigan
  • Crown Solicitor's Office
    Jenny Bell
  • D
  • Department for Communities
    Colum Boyle
  • Department for Infrastructure
    Denis McMahon
  • Department for the Economy
    Ian Snowden
  • Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
    Katrina Godfrey
  • Department of Education
    Mark Browne
  • Department of Finance
    Neil Gibson
  • Department of Health
    Peter May
  • Department of Justice
    Hugh Widdis
  • Derry City & Strabane District Council
    John Kelpie
  • Driver and Vehicle Agency
    Jeremy Logan
  • E
  • Education Authority
    Richard Pengelly
  • Electoral Office
    David Marshall
  • Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
    Keith Brown
  • Executive Office
    Jayne Brady, Head of the Civil Service
  • Executive Office
    David Malcolm (Permanent Secretary)
  • F
  • Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
    Alison McCullagh
  • Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland
    Emily Miles
  • Forensic Science Northern Ireland
    Alison McElveen
  • Forest Service
    John Joe O'Boyle
  • G
  • General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland
    Ian Gallagher
  • H
  • Health and Safety Executive for NI
    Robert Kidd
  • I
  • InterTradeIreland
    Margaret Hearty
  • Invest Northern Ireland
    Kieran Donoghue
  • L
  • Labour Relations Agency
    Don Leeson
  • Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland
    Paul Andrews
  • Libraries NI
    Jim O'Hagan
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
    David Burns
  • Local Government Staff Commission for Northern Ireland
    Diana Stewart
  • Loughs Agency
    Sharon McMahon
  • M
  • Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation
    Bryan Gregory
  • Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
    Valerie Watts
  • Mid Ulster District Council
    Adrian McCreesh
  • Middletown Centre for Autism
    Stephen Douthart
  • N
  • NI Fire & Rescue Service
    Aiden Jennings
  • NI Medical and Dental Training Agency
    Mark McCarey
  • NI Public Services Ombudsman
    Margaret Kelly
  • NI Screen
    Richard Williams
  • National Museums Northern Ireland
    Kathryn Thomson
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
    Marie Ward
  • North West Regional College
    Leo Murphy
  • Northern Health and Social Care Trust
    Jennifer Welsh
  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
    Michael Bloomfield
  • Northern Ireland Assembly
    Lesley Hogg
  • Northern Ireland Audit Office
    Dorinnia Carville
  • Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service
    Karin Jackson
  • Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association Ltd
    Mark Graham
  • Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People
    Mairead McCafferty
  • Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service
    Peter Luney
  • Northern Ireland Environment Agency
    Paul Donnelly
  • Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority
    Kevin Quigley
  • Northern Ireland Housing Executive
    Grainia Long
  • Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission
    Tonya McCormac
  • Northern Ireland Local Government Association
    Alison Allen
  • Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Superannuation Committee
    David Murphy
  • Northern Ireland Museums Council
    Johnathan Dalzell
  • Northern Ireland Office
    Julie Harrison
  • Northern Ireland Police Fund
    Kelly Robinson
  • Northern Ireland Policing Board
    Sinead Simpson
  • Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery
    Linda Kelly
  • Northern Ireland Prison Service
    Beverley Wall
  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council
    Patricia Higgins
  • Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
    Philip Wales
  • P
  • Pharmaceutical Society of NI
    Michaela McAleer
  • Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
    Paul Holmes
  • Police Rehabilitation & Retraining Trust
    Norry McBride
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
    Jon Boutcher
  • Probation Board for Northern Ireland
    Amanda Stewart
  • Public Health Agency
    Aidan Dawson
  • Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland
    Stephen Herron
  • R
  • Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
    Briege Donaghy
  • Roads and Rivers Agency
    Andrew Murray
  • S
    Dr Gary Kearney
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
    Roisin Coulter
  • South West College
    Celine McCartan
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust
    Maria O'Kane
  • Southern Regional College
    Lee Campbell
  • Special EU Programmes Body
    Gina McIntyre
  • Sport NI
    Richard Archibald
  • Stranmillis University College
    Dr Jonathan Heggarty
  • Strategic Investment Board
    Brett Hannam
  • T
  • Tourism Northern Ireland
    John McGrillen
  • Translink
    Chris Conway
  • U
  • Ulster Supported Employment Ltd
    Scott Jackson
  • Ulster-Scots Agency
    Ian Crozier
  • Utility Regulator
    John French
  • V
  • Victims and Survivors Service
    Andrew Walker
  • Visit Belfast
    Gerry Lennon
  • W
  • Waterways Ireland
    John McDonagh
  • Western Health and Social Care Trust
    Neil Guckian
  • Y
  • Youth Justice Agency for Northern Ireland
    Stephen Martin