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Elaine McCrory - Chairperson

Elaine was appointed Chairperson in September 2018. She joined the Volunteer Now Board of Trustees in December 2014. Elaine worked for Ulster Bank for 37 years mainly within Marketing, Business Excellence and Human Resources and is now enjoying her free time. During her career with Ulster Bank Elaine was involved in Employee Supported Volunteering representing the Bank on the Volunteer Now’s ESV Management Committee and supported and encouraged her colleagues to get involved in volunteering as part of ‘make their business better’ and their own personal development. Elaine currently volunteers with Assisi Animal Sanctuary bringing all her valuable knowledge and experience to the Sanctuary Board as a Trustee.

Dr Nick Acheson - Trustee

Nick joined the Board of Trustees on 4th April, 2017. Nick is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Management, Trinity College Dublin and Associate Lecturer in Social Policy at Ulster University. He retired from a career of teaching and research at UU in 2015 and is currently a Trustee of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network, a UK wide charity registered in England and is a co-editor of the academic journal, Voluntary Sector Review: an international journal of third sector research, policy and practice. He is the co-author of two books and the author of a numerous papers and articles on voluntary action and its relationship with government in Northern Ireland, Ireland and Canada. Before embarking on his academic career in 1997, Nick worked for NICVA and Disability Action, the latter in a variety of management roles. He was on the Board of the Law Centre NI and was a founding director of Community Evaluation NI, serving as chair for three years. He brings research and policy analysis skills to the Board and extensive knowledge of international research on volunteering and voluntary action more generally.

Nathan Campbell - Trustee

Nathan works as a solicitor in Cleaver Fulton Rankin in Belfast. Nathan specialises in a range of areas including charities and social enterprises, business immigration, employment law, data protection and commercial contracts. Nathan graduated from Durham University and has been working in various roles in the legal sector since 2012 including time spent working as a paralegal in Belfast and Doha, Qatar. Nathan enjoys assisting in raising money for Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s charity of the year and as a keen runner has completed three marathons for various charitable causes.

Paul McCarroll - Trustee

Paul is Chief Executive of The Boys’ Brigade Belfast Battalion. As Chief Executive Paul oversees training, development and support for local units with responsibility for finance and administration. Since 1998 Paul has been a volunteer member on a number of activity committees within The Boys’ Brigade both at local and national levels and for the last 10 years has been a member of the Executive Board of Belfast Battalion and the Northern Ireland District of The Boys’ Brigade. In 2008 Paul was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to America and Canada to study the recruitment and retention of volunteers in a number of statutory and non-statutory organisations.

Seamus McCorry - Trustee

Philip McDonagh - Trustee

Philip joined the Board of Volunteer Now in 2018. He is an economist and spent most of his career working in the private sector with PwC. He has always taken an interest in the voluntary sector and the role of social enterprise in the economy and has served as a member of a number of boards including 12 years as a trustee of Community Foundation NI. In 2009 he was appointed as one of the first board members of the Charity Commission for NI where he chaired the Audit & Risk Committee. Philip is also currently chair of the Board of Governors of Friends School Lisburn.

Marc Scott - Trustee

Marc joined Volunteer Board of trustees on 16 November 2018. Marc has over 15 years’ experience in the sports sector working initially with the Scottish Institute of Sport and Scottish Hockey before relocating to Northern Ireland in June 2009 to work with Sport Northern Ireland. Marc specialises in governance and leadership with his role at Sport NI entailing working with sports governing bodies to improve governance standards across the sector and to assist professional and volunteer workforces build capacity to be well placed to manage public investment. Since leaving Sport NI in April 2018, Marc has established Progressive Edge, a management consultancy with a primary focus on working with voluntary sector organisations to build board capacity, develop strategy and apply best practice processes to their work. Marc is Independent Chair of Archery Northern Ireland and in that role is tasked with overseeing a period of change and growth for the sport in NI.

Lucia Taylor - Trustee

Lucia joined the Volunteer Now Board of Trustees in October 2017. Lucia has a diverse background having been a practitioner within homelessness services and with young people in care for over 12 years. Lucia developed, embedded and currently leads Volunteer SU (the student volunteering department) at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union, supporting students to tackle local/global inequalities through engaging in meaningful social action and volunteering opportunities. Working within this arena requires innovation, efficiency and adaptability. Lucia’s knowledge and experience lends itself to the areas of safeguarding, youth & community engagement, volunteering best practice and event/project management and she values the opportunity to share her expertise with Volunteer Now.

John Wilson - Trustee

John joined Volunteer Now Board of Trustees on 29 October 2013. John is a retired Civil Engineer who spent most of his career employed by a Dutch Construction Company only returning to Northern Ireland in 2000. He has been involved in volunteering for a number of years, having organised new tennis courts when Chairperson of Newcastle Tennis Club. He is actively involved in Downpatrick Railway through his role as President of the Society and was instrumental in raising funds for, and constructing, a new Public Viewing Gallery. John has a vast experience of management skills to offer and is still a very energetic member of society.

Marie Wright - Trustee

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Date: 5 December 2019 Venue: Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey  Bill Gates said “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Nothing stays the same! The environment for volunteering is changing – we need to be prepared and to think creatively […]

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Get in the driver’s seat and volunteer!

17 September 2019

Volunteer Now is currently recruiting volunteer drivers to help transport older, isolated people to essential appointments.  The Driving Scheme is a community car service that provides transport for older people within the Belfast area who have no other way to access healthcare due to social isolation or friends and relatives not having the means to support […]

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Small Capital Grants Programme 2019/20 – Call for Applications

11 September 2019

Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2019/20 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.   The purpose of this Programme is to promote Partnership and Collaboration among Voluntary and Community organisations. As such the amount of grant available to applicants will be dependent on […]

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Our Belfast office has moved

9 September 2019

We’ve moved out of our offices in Shaftesbury Square, and are now located in The Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1AF. The Skainos Centre is a modern, easily accessible building boasts a host of environmentally sensitive innovations, ample parking, conference facilities and the Refresh café which is open to the public.

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