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Staff

Joanne Morgan

Director
Joanne has been the Director of CDHN for over nine years. A qualified Town Planner, Joanne has worked within the community, voluntary and statutory sectors for the past 20 years with experience gained as a Peace Manager and Manager of Early Years services including a range of Sure Start projects. She has a particular interest in knowledge translation, co-production and health literacy and their impact on communities. Joanne is a passionate believer in the power of community development as a vehicle to bring about transformation in local communities. Mum to three children, Joanne is also a qualified boxing coach and ran a successful boxing club with her husband for four years.

Kathy Martin

Strategic Impact Manager
Kathy has worked for CDHN since 2003 in a variety of roles. She is currently Strategic Impact Manager and manages the Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) Programme at an operation level and ensures that the impact of the programme is shared strategically. She held the post of Training Manager with CDHN for six years and enjoyed developing community development and health inequalities training programmes which she delivered to members across Northern Ireland. Kathy began her career in CDHN as Network Development Officer and still loves to engage with members, hear their stories and support them in their work. A busy mum of four, Kathy practices Taekwondo to keep in shape and was delighted to be promoted to Black Belt in October 2018. The fact that their mum holds a Black Belt seems to keep her children in order!

Mary O'Hagan

Monitoring Officer
Mary O’Hagan has worked for CDHN for 20 years in various enjoyable roles. Mary’s current and long lived role is support worker to the Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership Programme (BCPP). She has gained great experience in her time with CDHN and enjoys her role in supporting community organisations. Mary enjoys hill walking in the Mournes near her home and the company of her grandchildren in her free time.

Helen McNamee

Project Manager
Helen joined CDHN in September 2016 and currently manages the Self-Care Pharmacy project. Prior to this, she was Evaluation and Support Officer for BCPP. Helen has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 15 years in a variety of research, policy, evaluation and support roles. She worked for National Children’s Bureau (NCB) for over five years leading on a number of research projects and developing her evidence and impact skills, in particular the implementation of Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) methodologies. Helen also honed her skills in children and young people's participation during her time in NCB and in her previous role in Northern Ireland Youth Forum. Helen has three children and recently welcomed a new puppy into her family, all of whom keep her very busy outside work.

Mary McDonald

Finance and Administration Officer
Mary joined CDHN in June 2018 and this is her first experience of working in the community sector. She previously worked in the legal sector as Legal Secretary and was responsible for the overall administrative function of the practice. Mary has five children and ten grandchildren and, along with her job, the family keep her very busy! In her free time, Mary enjoys walking and travelling to far flung destinations – she’s currently planning her next exciting trip.

Linda Rogers

Communications Officer
Linda joined CDHN in November 2018 and is delighted to be back working in the community sector. On a daily basis, she works on all areas of communication for CDHN including the Building Community-Pharmacy Partnership Programme and the new Elevate Programme. Linda has recently held marketing positions in the private sector but prior to that, spent 18 years with Rural Community Network in Cookstown. She has a BA Hons Degree in Business Studies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Communication (QUB) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Communications, Advertising and PR (UUJ). Linda has two children, has a keen interest in mindfulness and yoga and loves walking her little schnoodle (when it's not raining!).

Laura Harper

Evaluation & Support Officer
Laura has worked as Evaluation Support Officer for CDHN since 2009. She enjoys meeting with all the groups she comes into contact with and supporting them through their project. Her role also involves the development of measurement tools and analysing data against strategic outcomes. She has a BA Liberal Arts Degree and a Masters in Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. Laura has four children, enjoys reading and is currently in competition with her nine year old daughter to see who can finish Harry Potter first!

Patricia Harte

Training Officer
Patricia took up the post of Training Officer within CDHN's Self-Care Pharmacy Project in March 2019. In 2013, Patricia completed an MSc in Health Promotion and Population Health and has a keen interest in health promotion, health literacy and tackling health inequalities. Prior to taking up her role in CDHN, Patricia worked for six years as Project Worker with Action Mental Health and was responsible for the design and delivery of a suite of health promotion workshops and training programmes. Patricia has extensive experience facilitating training which aims to increase awareness in relation to health and wellbeing, promote self-care, help-seeking behaviours and early intervention. Patricia enjoys walking and spending time with her ten nieces and nephews.

Joel Anderson

Project Officer (Elevate Programme)
Joel joined CDHN as Project Officer for the Elevate Programme in June 2019. As part of his role, he will be supporting community organisations in the Southern and South Eastern Trust areas. Joel has a background in youth and community work and believes in the power of people to be effective agents of social change. He previously worked as a campaigner for the Migrant Rights Centre in Dublin where he co-ordinated a group of migrant carers to tell their lived experience of work in Ireland. He holds an MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen's University Belfast. You will always be able to find Joel on a tennis court, rain, hail or shine!

Catherine Murnin

Programme Manager (Elevate Programme)
Catherine joined CDHN in July 2019. She has worked across the community, voluntary and statutory sectors for the past 20 years, managing and leading projects in information, support, community health and earlier diagnosis. Catherine set up the first health and well-being programme for people with Parkinson’s and their carers in partnership with Parkinson’s UK and Marie Curie and the first Parkinson’s choir in Northern Ireland. She is particularly interested in empowerment of local communities to affect lasting change both professionally and personally and has organised a community led programme for people living with cancer as part of her voluntary role in a local health and well-being committee. A mum of three, Catherine enjoys walking in the beautiful countryside close to her County Down home, going to concerts and spending time with friends, putting the world to rights. Catherine has a degree in Business Studies, a Health Promotion Certificate from the Open University and was recently awarded the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring.  

Orla Fitzsimons

Project Officer (Elevate Programme)
Orla joined CDHN in June 2019 and as part of her role, she will be supporting community organisations in the Belfast HSC Trust area. She is a registered community children’s nurse and has 23 years' experience working with parents, children and young people with disabilities/lifelong health conditions in their homes, schools and communities. Orla is also the founder and director of the social enterprise, Parent Action CIC, which provides independent advocacy services for parent carers of children and adults with disabilities. Orla is passionate about using human rights values, community development and co-production approaches to promote whole family social inclusion in communities. Orla has a BSc (Hons) in Specialist Community Children’s Nursing and an Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise. She has completed five years of a doctoral programme in University of Ulster exploring parents' experiences of raising children with autism in Northern Ireland. Orla also enjoys volunteering as Chair of the Parent Staff Association of her son’s special school. Orla is a mum of three, a yoga teacher and enjoys beach walks with her children and two dogs, playing guitar, singing anything 'folky' and talking to people (according to her son!).

Stephanie Houston

Project Officer (Elevate Programme)
Stephanie joined CDHN in July 2019 and will be working with communities across the Northern and Western HSC Trust areas. She has worked in a variety of community development roles in these areas for a number of years, building relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. Stephanie is passionate about making a difference at local level and is particularly interested in community health and wellbeing. She is very excited to be joining the Elevate team, working in a new project that has a lot of potential to make positive changes and address health inequalities in local communities. In her spare time, Stephanie loves to travel and she is a keen reader, particularly crime fiction. Stephanie also enjoys walking for her own health and wellbeing.