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:
Chairman: Roy Millar MBE. Roy has been a long standing member of the board of the Northern Ireland Sports Forum and was the former Vice Chairman. He is the former Technical Director of the IFA (1975-2009) were he was in charge of the U-17, U-19 and U-21 International sides and coach education & player development. Roy currently works as a FIFA instructor and is the former Chairman of Cliftonville Cricket Club, member of the board of the Confederation of British Sport and a member of the Participation Sport Matters Implementation Group.
Vice Chairman: Gordon Reid Gordon became involved in the Forum in 2000. He is involved in Rowing as a sculler, coach, umpire, club captain, ex Ulster Branch Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, and ex Rowing Ireland Secretary. He also has an interest in Sailing, and is a Dinghy Instructor and competes at international events. He is employed by Rowing Ireland as Club and Coach Development Officer for NI, and is an Architect by profession. On the Forum he chairs the Strategic Planning sub-committee, and takes an interest in governance, representation, and communications.
Treasurer Richard Johnson: Richard joined the Board in 2008 and took on the role of Treasurer in 2010. Richard is the Finance Director at Johnson’s Coffee and an experienced accountant. Richard has been involved with cricket in Ireland for many years and is a former President of Cricket Ireland and currently sits on the Cricket Ireland Finance Committee. He is an experience referee and has been tournament referee at all major cricket tournaments held in the greater Belfast area since 2002 including this year’s World Police and Fire Games. Richard is also the Assistant Director of Finance and Policy for the NCU as well as the Chair of the Northern Ireland Sports Forum Finance sub-committee and a Director of Barry’s Amusements.
Angela Platt: Angela joined the board of the Northern Ireland Sports Forum in 2011. Angela is currently the Executive Manager of the Ulster Hockey Union. Prior to her current role she worked in Local Government for seven years as Sports Development Officer with Carrickfergus Borough Council (2002-2004) and Sports Development Officer and Child Protection Officer for Castlereagh Borough Council (2004-2009).
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.
Dr Richard Briggs: Richard has a long standing and significant involvement in Judo. He is the current President of the NI Judo Federation and member of the Commonwealth Games Council. Richard is an experienced coach and sports administrator and a former NI and Irish International Judo player. He is currently the Vice President of the Commonwealth Judo Association. Richard is a scientist by profession and has formally worked for DARD/AFBI/QUB and has an BSc (Hons) and PHD in Zoology. He is a Fellow of the Biology Society and a Fellow of the Linnean Society.
Rosemary McWhinney: Rosemary is a longest serving member of the Northern Ireland Sports Forum board. She is a teacher by profession and is currently working at Methodist College. Rosemary’s sporting interest and administration experience spans a number of sports and positions, including, former Vice President of Victorians Hockey Club and a former player and umpire of Pegasus; Former Vice President/Hon Sec/Public Relations Officer for Netball NI; Chairman of the Northern Ireland Schools Netball; Club and PR rep for the former Ulster Womens Hockey Union; President of the Ulster Women’s Cricket Union and President Elect of the Ireland Women’s Cricket Union. Rosemary is also a sports writer and contributor on women’s netball, hockey and cricket.
Ashley Hunter: Ashley joined the board of the NI Sports Forum in 2014. Ashley is currently the Development Manager for The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland. Prior to his current role he worked in the voluntary sector with Ocean Youth Trust Ireland as Youth Development Coordinator / Operations Manager (2003-2007) and with The Share Centre as a Senior Instructor / Outdoor instructor training course co-ordinator (1998-2003). Ashley represented Northern Ireland in surf kayaking at the European and World championships from 2003-2009 achieving 9th in the 2009 worlds as the highest result. Away from work Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors either canoeing, mountain biking or other outdoor activities.
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.
Dr Damian Gallagher: Dr Damian Gallagher joined the Board in May 2015. He is the MSc/PgDip Marketing Course Director in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Ulster University. His teaching and research interests are in research methodologies, small business marketing and the marketing of small sports clubs and he has published widely in leading marketing and small business journals. He is the current External Examiner at the University of Portsmouth Business School and the University of the West of England (Bristol). In 2013-14 he was the Fulbright Northern Ireland Public Affairs Scholar based at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management where his research explored the marketing management and strategic development of Minor league sports in the US. He is the current Chair of the Academy of Marketing Sports & Events Marketing Special Interest Group – the leading UK body for marketing researchers, educators and professionals.
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.
Hannah McGeown. Hannah is a recent Ulster University graduate, Camogie player and current Social Media & Marketing Intern at the Female Sports Forum. Hannah studied Interactive Multimedia Design, a computing and design course which included developing dynamic websites, logos, graphics, animations and games. I undertook a one year placement at the Belfast Telegraph supporting the Digital team while developing my multimedia and digital marketing skills. As a sportswoman who has been playing Camogie for over 15 years Hannah love’s reading and hearing about other women succeeding in sport. During her time at the Female Sports Forum, Hannah aims increasing the exposure that female sports get in Northern Ireland.
Chris Hood. Chris is 22 year old Ulster University graduate and current Project Officer Intern at the Female Sports Forum. Chris recently gained a BSc Hons in Sport Studies which involved areas such as community sports development and gained an understanding of the social and cultural factors affecting participation in Northern Ireland. Chris undertook a one year international placement in Boston, Massachusetts, as a soccer coach, developing skills in planning and managing eight week coaching programmes for various town youth soccer organisations. During his time at the Female Sports Forum Chris aims to assist in creating more sporting opportunities for women and girls to be Active, Fit and Sporty.
Danielle McDowell. Danielle joined the female sports forum as project manager in January 2017. Having previously worked as a health development officer within Sure Start and as a Regional Excellence Coach and development officer with the Irish Football Association. As a keen soccer player Danielle, has competed in the NIFL Women’s Premier League for the past 15 years Gaining 6 league winners medals, she has also played in the women’s champions league on 15 occasions. Danielle achieved international honours at under 17 and under 19 and has represented Northern Ireland at senior level 43 times. Danielle is completing a BSc Hons in Sports Coaching at Ulster University Jordanstown.