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Northern Ireland Sports Forum Structure

You can view the Northern Ireland Sports Forum Memorandum and Articles of Association here
Shown below is the structure of our Organisation

Meet the Board:

Chairperson: Richard Johnson Richard joined the Board in October 2008 and was elected Treasurer 24 months later and become Chairperson in November 2017.  Richard currently sits on the Boards of a number of Northern Ireland based companies including being Finance Director of Johnson’s Coffee and Barry’s Amusements.  Richard has been involved with cricket in Ireland for over 45 years including two spells as Chairman of Instonian’s Cricket Club in the 1980’s and 1990’s, a two year stint as NCU Chairman in 2000 and 2001, two 3-year spells as Chairman of the Cricket Ireland Finance Committee (of which he is still a member) and finally was elected President of Cricket Ireland for the 2011-12 year.  He was Tournament Director/Organiser of all major cricket tournaments held in the Greater Belfast area between 2002 and 2013.  Richard is currently Director of the NCU Finance and Sponsorship committee as well as being NCU Vice-President.
During the summer months Richard umpires senior league cricket in the NCU area as well as being a member of Malone Golf Club and Royal Portrush Golf Club. During the winter months he can be found supporting Linfield Football Club having been elected to its Board in 1983 and is the Club’s Honorary Treasurer. 
Vice Chairperson: Angela Platt Angela joined the board of the Northern Ireland Sports Forum in 2011. Angela is currently the General Manager of the Northern Cricket Union.  Prior to her current role she was the Executive Manager of the Ulster Hockey Union (2009-2017) and has significant experience of working in Local Government as Sports Development Officer with Carrickfergus Borough Council (2002-2004) and Sports Development Officer and Child Protection Officer for Castlereagh Borough Council (2004-2009). Angela also represents the Forum on the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards Selection Committee and Chairs the Female Sports Forum.
As an athlete Angela has achieved significant international success as a Senior International Hockey player for Ireland from 2000 – 2006 gaining 75 international caps and has Senior International Honours in Women’s Football (2006-2008).
Secretary Ken Nixon: Ken is a past Chairman of the NISF. His main sport is Badminton and he is a past president and current Chairman of Ulster Badminton as well as a member of the Board of Badminton Ireland.He stepped down as Chair of the NISF in January 2011 was re elected back on to the Board in December 2012 for a further two year term. He is a past Chairman of the Confederation of British Sport and a founding Director of Sports Resolutions UK, and was elected to the Board of the NI Commonwealth Games Council in 2012. He is a member of the key governmental Sports Matters 10 year Strategy Group chaired by the Sports Minister.
Treasurer Catherine Quinn: Catherine Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in Accounting and completed Accountancy charter with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Catherine started my Accountancy training in the Construction and Facilities Management Industry and was subsequently employed there as a Company Accountant. In 2014 Catherine left the private sector and joined the Department for Employment and Learning (subsequently the Department for the Economy) as an Accountant in Financial Management and Budgeting.
Outside of work she have been a member of the Ulster Hockey Union Management Board as Treasurer and Chair of Finance (2013-2016) and currently still an active member of the finance sub-committee as Vice-Chairperson. Catherine played hockey for her local club CI Ladies Hockey and still takes a keen interest as a volunteer and committee member.
 Gordon ReidGordon is a long standing NISF board member. He is involved in rowing as a sculler, coach, umpire, coach tutor, club secretary, Ulster Branch committee member, ex Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and ex Rowing Ireland Secretary & Development Officer. He also has interests in Sailing, Paddlesports and Powerboating and is an instructor in each. He is employed as a kayaking instructor, and is an Architect by profession. On the Forum he chairs the Strategic Planning & Constitution sub-committee, and takes an interest in governance, representation, and communications 
Katrina McCaughan: Katrina has worked within local government as a Sports Development Officer for 12 years with Ballymena Borough Council and currently with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.  Outside of work Katrina has been involved in Camogie both as a player and as an administrator and currently sits as Vice Chair of Ballycastle Camogie Club.  Katrina takes a keen interest in several other sports and is a mum to 3 young girls and wants to ensure that children and young people get access to a wide range of sporting  opportunities from an early age.   
Ashley Hunter: Ashley joined the board of the NI Sports Forum in 2014. Ashley is currently the Chief Officer for The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland. Prior to his current role he worked in the voluntary sector for Ocean Youth Trust Ireland as Youth Development Coordinator / Operations Manager (2003-2007) and for the Share Centre as a Senior Instructor / Outdoor instructor training course co-ordinator (1998-2003). Ashley enjoys a wide range of sports but mainly outdoor adventure sports  
 Kelly McVeigh: Kelly joined the board of the NI Sports Forum in 2015. Kelly is currently Account Manager with global communications firm Weber Shandwick NI, specialising in Public Affairs, PR and strategic communications. Prior to taking up her role with Weber Shandwick, Kelly spent a further three years with a Belfast based consultancy. Kelly also has experience working in an in-house Communications role with NIAMH (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health).Kelly is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and a member of the Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group (NIGAG) and Association of Professional Political Consultants.Kelly spent a number of years playing camogie for her local GAA club, An Ríocht and still takes a keen interest and support in the club. 
Trev Keane:  Trev joined the board of the NI Sports Forum in 2018. Trev is currently head of business development for Sportego and is also the co-founder of Profile 90. Prior to his current roles he worked in the financial services industry for 14 years. He has a BA in Account and Finance and is a twice published author, Gaffers (2010, Mercier Press) and Running through walls (DB Publishing, 2012)
Allan Rutherford: Allan is accomplished Managing Director / Leader with extensive experience across various industry sectors managing Operations, Sales, Human Resources and Finance. Allan has extensive experience in both sales development and profit improvement from one of Ireland’s top Field Marketing and Outsourcing Businesses. Allan has a keen interest in a wide range of sports and has represented and captained Ireland at every level of international Cricket. This included the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur where Alan also had the honour of carrying the Northern Ireland Flag in the game’s Opening ceremony. Alan is also a former Cricket Ireland board member.


Executive Manager Ciaran Kearney:Ciaran commenced his position with NISF in July 2014 having previously worked as Administration Manager of Ulster Camogie Council for 3 years which was preceded by 3 years as Community Development Administrator for the GAA in Scotland. Ciaran graduated from the University of Abertay Dundee in 2007 after studying Sport, Health & Exercise. Email- [email protected]



Emma McAleese: Emma joined NI Sports Forum and is a media and marketing officer primarily working with the Female Sports Forum.

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