The Management Team
Bryan obtained his honours degree from Ulster University in 1996. He became a professionally qualified manager in 2001 gaining experience of managing within the charity and social economy sectors across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and UK. He worked for eighteen years in the inclusive transport sector in the areas of management, consultancy, policy, training, advice and research. He joined CILNI in 2016. In his role as CILNI Chief Executive, Bryan is responsible for the implementation of the organisation’s strategic plan and the effective management of its resources. Bryan has had several public appointments, has been a member of a number of Northern Ireland Departmental advisory groups and a company director of several social enterprises. In his spare time, he enjoys family life, church life, current affairs, sport, music, walks, reading and travelling.
Deputy Chief Executive
Liz graduated from University of Ulster in 1991 and worked in the private sector in manufacturing and grocery wholesale. She moved into the community sector and has worked in community development and social enterprise for many years. Liz is responsible for the management of the operations team, human resource management and developing services, social enterprise and partnerships. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, socialising with friends and walking with her dogs, Harvey and Archie.
Independent Living Services Manager
Deena has been working for CILNI for over 11 years. Initially as an Independent Living Adviser with research and development responsibilities, until she took up her current position as Independent Living Service Manager in 2018. As the ILS Manager, she is responsible for leading and supporting the advisors and support staff who make up CILNI’s Advice Team. She has many years of experience working within the voluntary and community sector and held a number of positions focussing on improving life opportunities for disabled people. Before joining the CILNI Team, she had worked for the 174 Trust for 15 years as Disability Project Co-ordinator, which involved developing a range of services. Deena obtained her Level 5 diploma in Leadership and Management (through the Institute for Leadership and Management) in 2013, then her City and Guilds Level 2 in Independent Advocacy in 2018. When not in work, Deena enjoys spending time with family and friends, church life, voluntary work and international travel.