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: Ashley Hunter: Ashley joined the board of the NI Sports Forum in 2014 and was Company Secretary from 2017-2020.Ashley has been involved in the sports sector for over twenty years and has worked for charities and governing bodies in director and chief officer roles. Ashley is also an active canoe and kayak coach and sports tutor. Ashley enjoys a wide range of sports but mainly outdoor adventure sports.
Vice-Chairperson: Richard joined the Board in October 2008, was elected Treasurer 24 months later before becoming 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 Instonians 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 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 completes his two year term as NCU President in early December 2020.
During the summer months Richard umpires senior league cricket in the NCU area as well as being the Honorary Treasurer of Malone Golf Club and a member of Royal Portrush Golf Club. During the winter months he can be found supporting Linfield Football Club having been elected to its Board as a Trustee in 1983 and is the Club’s Honorary Treasurer.
Secretary: Kelly McVeigh: Kelly joined the board of the NI Sports Forum in 2015. Kelly is currently Account Director with Weber Shandwick NI, a Global Communications firm, where she specialises in Public Affairs, Corporate Communications, and Stakeholder Engagement.Kelly currently sits on the Board of the Southern Area Hospice Services, providing strategic advice and guidance. An Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), a member of the Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group (NIGAG) and The Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC). Kelly also sits on the Department for Communities Sport Matters Monitoring Group.
Treasurer Catherine Quinn: Catherine Graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in Accounting and completed her Accountancy charter with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Catherine started her 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). Catherine played hockey for her local club CI Ladies Hockey and still takes a keen interest as a volunteer and committee member.
Richard Honeyford: Richard has been the Chief Operating Officer for RYA Northern Ireland since 2017. He has sailed since childhood and gone on to win a number on Irish National titles in Toppers and Lasers. He also went on to represent Ireland in the Laser class at the ISAF Youth Worlds in 1997 and 1998. Academically, he qualified as a Modern Languages Teacher and professionally has worked as an instructor in a number of training centres and went on to become a racing coach at national and international level.
Richard has been with the RYA Northern Ireland since 2005, where he began as a coach and then became Performance Manager for over 10 years. Developing the performance pathway, he saw Northern Irish athletes win 15 World and European medals from junior to senior level and also coached James Espey at the London 2012 Olympics in the Laser class. He now enjoys windsurfing, getting on the water with his 2 daughters and competes on the Irish Windsurf Association’s slalom series, when time allows.
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.
Elaine Reid: Elaine is the Performance Pathways Manager for Disability Sport NI, Northern Ireland’s main disability sports charity, and has been involved in the sport sector for over 18 years. She has experience of supporting and developing sporting pathways for people with disabilities and works closely with a wide range of Governing Bodies in Northern Ireland, helping to develop inclusive pathways. Elaine is a Board Member of Boccia UK and is currently a Director of Live Active NI, as well as representing Disability Sport NI on a number of performance committees both at a UK and regional level. She has been involved in sport as a player, coach, official and tutor and continues to stay active by running after three young children.
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.
Christopher Morrow: Chris joined Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) in March 2009 and leads on all policy and communications activity for the organisation. As part of the senior management team he works closely with the Chief Executive, President and NI Chamber Council to ensure that the interests and needs of business are fully understood and appreciated throughout government. He also represents NI Chamber on a number of forums and panels across key policy areas such as Brexit, skills and infrastructure. He is also responsible for all aspects of NI Chamber communications including public relations activity, marketing and external publications (Ambition magazine) and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). As a father of three young children, Chris is passionate about creating an environment for local sport to continue to thrive into the future.
Marc is currently the Executive Manager of Ulster Hockey. Prior to his current role Marc has gained significant experience in the sports sector in various roles: Governance and Management Consultant with Sport NI (2009 – 2018), Development Officer with Scottish Hockey (2008-2009) and Programme Manager with the Scottish institute of Sport (2003-2008).
In addition to his professional role, Marc is currently the Chair of Archery Northern Ireland and a Board Member of Volunteer Now, where he is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.Marc has a keen interest in most sports with a passion for watching and playing football( poorly). A long term participant in judo, Marc previously won Scottish Championship medals at all junior, youth and senior levels; and he represented Central Region (Scotland) Schools at Rugby. A father of 2 young sons, Marc is keen to see sport and physical activity opportunities developed for all ages.
Following a lifelong involvement in Basketball and is now a Board Member for Basketball NI heading up their Return to Play, Strategy and managing their Marketing and Communications. Marc represented Ireland in Junior Men’s European competitions and played across the US in a number of Scholar Athlete Games. Following on from coaching roles with Lisburn Scorpions and Andersonstown Tigers, Marc also enjoyed a coaching stint as Basketball NI’s, Team NI Head Coach for U16 & U18 Men’s team.
Marc has worked with the Sport Changes Life Foundation where he helped showcase the prestigious Victory Scholar program through their Award Winning EHOOPS programme that helps disadvantaged youth engage with education through sport. Marc was the first Executive Director and Executive Producer of Broadcasting for the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in 2017 & 2018, held at the SSE Arena Belfast, helping to bring the first Division 1 NCAA College Basketball tournaments to Europe.
With wide ranging experiences in media, digital content, strategy and commercial law, Marc now works as Executive Director for Inspirus Sports helping them bring their NCAA College Basketball events series to a global audience and also runs his own production company Scram Films were he specialises in bringing stories to life through moving image audio-visuals and photography. When not obsessing over sport, there is nothing more that Marc loves than spending time with his wife and two young sons Luca and Leon.
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]