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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)

Sheelin is a community pharmacist based in Lurgan and has been a member of CDHN’s Board since 2015. He is currently Chairman of the Pharmacy Forum (NI), the professional leadership body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland. Sheelin is past chair of the Ulster Chemists’ Association and currently represents community pharmacy on the national Legislative Rebalancing Committee. He was previously Chair of the board of CPNI, the Southern Area Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee and was a member of the Central Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee to the DHSSPSNI. He also held the position of Chair of the Southern Local Commissioning Group from 2007 to 2015. Outside of work, he’s a keen (but slow) marathon runner and cyclist, a member of the Board of Governors of a Primary School in Craigavon and represents local businesses on the Craigavon Heart town steering group. He is a member of the SPCA (Shankill Parish Caring Association) board, the charity which manages the Jethro centre in Lurgan and other outreach projects in Lurgan and the local area.

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.

Paul Braithwaite

Paul Braithwaite is Head of Innovation & Voice with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, leading their work on social and democratic innovation. Since joining the Foundation in 2013 as part of the Building Change Trust team, Paul has developed and delivered a number of new initiatives using research, grant-making, facilitated dialogue and international learning exchanges to stimulate new collaborations and initiatives around the themes of deliberative democracy and social innovation. These have included a Civic Activism Programme, the NI Open Government Network, Social Innovation NI and the Techies in Residence Programme, as well as landmark initiatives on Participatory Budgeting and Citizens’ Assemblies. Prior to joining Building Change Trust, Paul’s background was in international development, a subject in which he holds a Masters degree, and he worked for international NGOs for around 10 years including periods based in Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo where he developed and managed programmes with local civil society on themes including civic engagement, participatory governance, gender equality, bonded labour, human rights and disaster preparedness and response. Paul is a Board member of Imagine Belfast, NI Open Government Network CIC as well as CDHN.