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

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. She has recently held marketing positions in the private sector but prior to that, spent a very happy 18 years with Rural Community Network in Cookstown. Linda 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). She also works part time for Inspire Mental Health in Dungannon. She 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!