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Joanne Vance

Director
Joanne joined CDHN in March 21 as Director of the organisation. She has a wide range of experience in various management and leadership roles in the voluntary and community sector in both Northern Ireland and Ireland. She holds a MSc in Economic Policy Studies and has a particular interest in Health service reorientation towards primary and integrated care. She brings over 20 years of experience of translating research and policy frameworks into practice, using participatory approaches to promote equality, diversity and social inclusion to CDHN. Joanne's previous role was Community Programmes Manager with the Irish Cancer Society. In this position, she led multi-disciplinary collaborations to co-design, plan and deliver evidence-informed health promotion and prevention interventions with a range of vulnerable and socially excluded communities and groups. Joanne demonstrated the collective impact of building healthy communities using community development approaches and social determinants of health frameworks to address health inequalities, improve access and promote health.

Kathy Martin

Strategic Impact Manager
Kathy has worked for CDHN since 2003 in a variety of roles and is currently Strategic Impact Manager. She manages the Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) Programme at an operation level and ensures that the impact of the programme is shared strategically. Kathy 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/Evaluation Assistant
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 works on all areas of communication for CDHN including the Building Community-Pharmacy Partnership Programme and the Elevate Programme. She spent over 18 years with Rural Community Network in Cookstown working in various roles and also held marketing positions in the private sector and in education. 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 has two children, a keen interest in mindfulness and loves walking the family schnoodle in her local Forest Park (when it's not raining!).

Laura Harper

Evaluation & Support Lead
Laura has worked as Evaluation Support (BCPP) 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 joined CDHN in March 2019 as Training Officer and is currently involved in supporting a number of projects including CDHN's health literacy work and the Elevate Programme. In 2013, Patricia completed an MSc in Health Promotion and Population Health. 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!

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.

Marion O'Hare

Administrative Officer
Marion joined CDHN in January 2021 and this is her first experience of working in the community sector. She has a BA Hons Degree in International Business Studies and also spent a year studying in America on a Business Scholarship. Marion previously worked in the financial sector for 10 years and was responsible for providing financial statements to Irish and American clients. A busy mum of three, Marion enjoys the great outdoors, particularly hiking in the Mournes.