The Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) is Northern Ireland’s leading organisation working to empower communities and tackle health inequalities using community development.

Board Members

Laura Feeney (Chair)

Laura is the Senior Programme Manager for Save the Children leading on the implementation of a portfolio of programmes across Northern Ireland since 2016. Laura has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Community Development and a Masters in Health Promotion and Public Health. Previously she led on the delivery of the CLARE project in North Belfast and has experience in leading and implementing a range of community capacity building programmes through community safety and neighbourhood regeneration initiatives.

Sheelin McKeagney (Vice Chair)

Liam Hannaway

Liam Hannaway was appointed as Chief Executive to Newry, Mourne & Down District Council in April 2014 and has led the major changes in Local Government reform in the District Council area. Liam had been Chief Executive of Banbridge District Council since July 2007. Prior to that he had been Director of Development within Banbridge District Council from August 2000. Previously, Liam worked for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and held several positions from Principal Policy Officer to District Manager in Ballymena and North Belfast. During this time he also spent 2 years on secondment with DARD, delivering a Rural Development Programme in the South Armagh Area. Liam is a Sociology and MBA Graduate from the University of Ulster and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and Institute of Directors. He has held Executive positions in SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) and held the position of Chair of SOLACE for two terms, 2013-2014 and 2015-2016. Outside work, Liam is a Director of Youth Action NI and the Community Development Health Network (CDHN). He has strong empathy with community organisations being involved locally with many groups with particular interest in Drama and the Arts.

Arfawn Yasin

Arfawn Yasin is Head of Membership with Advice NI and as part of the senior management team, Arfawn has responsibility for membership services and business development. Arfawn, who has been with Advice NI since 2003, has gained experience in a range of business areas including Project Management, Social Policy, Training, Quality Assurance and Case Management. Arfawn is passionate about volunteering and has recently taken the lead in the development and implementation of an Advice Sector wide volunteering strategy.

Patrick McMeekin

As Chartered Accountant, Patrick’s career has been predominantly in financial and consulting roles having served his ‘apprenticeship’ with Deloitte before moving to Australia for a year between 1999 and 2000. Upon returning home, Patrick was the company accountant for a multinational manufacturing firm before moving back into the consultancy world (PwC) for a further two and a half years. Patrick joined the Strategic Investment Board in 2008 as Economic Adviser and has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects since then.