Our People

Our Board

  1. Eamonn Deane - Chair
    Eamonn is an experienced educator and community worker. Trained as a teacher he gained additional qualifications in continuing education. He has been involved in full time community development work since 1973. He has worked for the Long Tower PS, Bogside Community Association, North West Centre for Learning and Development, Derry Youthways, and since 1988 for Holywell Trust. Holywell Trust is the lead partner of the DiverseCity Community Partnership, a collective of community organisations working towards making the city centre of Derry/Londonderry a truly DiverseCity space.
  2. Maureen Hetherington - Secretary
    Coordinator of the Junction, a community relations and peace building initiative, includes coordinating Ethical & Shared Remembering with Johnston McMaster and The Liberation from Patriarchy with Cathy Higgins. Maureen is a previous recipient of the Community Relations Council's Exceptional Achievement Award.
  3. Jackie McColgan - Treasurer
    Jackie has been a friend and associate of Holywell Trust for almost 14years. Originating from Yes! Publications, a community publishing house which was based in Holywell Trust. She was employed here as their sales manager. It was during her time with Yes! that she discovered her love for numbers and accounts! Since then she been taken leading roles in the financial management of various projects and peace funding programmes within Holywell. She is now one of the co-founders and the financial director of Dog Ears Ltd, one of the partner organisations of DCCP. Jackie is a mother of two children, Lily who is 3 years old and Charlie who is one year old. So multi-tasking is her new learnt skill - juggling life between nappy changes and re-profiling budgets!
  4. Danny Bryce - Trustee
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  5. Catherine Cooke - Trustee
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  6. Seamus Farrell - Trustee
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  7. Barney McGuigan - Trustee
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  8. Roisin McLaughlin - Trustee
    Roisin has over 15 years experience of leading up and working on community projects. She currently coordinates North West Community Network, a Network organisation, which works to develop and support the community and voluntary sector in the North West region of Northern Ireland. Roisin has a wide range of experience in designing and managing peace-building, capacity building and civic activism projects. She has extensive experience in facilitating discussions using a wide range of engagement tools and has delivered many training programmes within schools and the community. She is an active Board of Governor for Holy Family Primary School and is currently Vice Chair. Roisin has recently been appointed to undertake a Community Fellowship role with Ulster University.

Our Staff

  1. Gerard Deane - Director
    Gerard has been involved in community relations work since 1995 with a range of organisations – Holywell Trust’s Journeys of Coexistence and The Right to Hope youth project. Gerard was co-ordinator of the North West Community Network from 2001-2004. Gerard led up Holywell Consultancy, a social economy enterprise, from 2004 until 2013. Gerard has been the Director of Holywell Trust since 2014 and oversees all elements of the work of the Trust.
  2. Lisa Clements - Finances
    Lisa has been involved in the world of finance since leaving school in 1990. She joined Holywell in 2003 as Finance Administrator. Since working with Holywell Lisa has gained extensive experience in dealing with large amounts of public funding. Lisa is married to Rory and is the proud mum of Jamie and Clara. She is also a member of the Long Tower Folk Group and the love of music filters through her life.
  3. Eimear Doherty - Front of House
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  4. Kevin Burns - Front of House
    Kevin is an artist and writer by training, he holds a BA and MA in Fine Art from the Manchester School Of Art. He regularly writes art criticism for a range of Irish and UK publications, and irregularly gets round to making art himself. He has been associated with the third sector since school through personal experience and friendship, then professionally as an arts facilitator with local galleries, and as a facilitator for the Learning Team at the Turner Prize 2013. He is an unrepentant nerd who loves nothing more than to play with new computers and software of all kinds, and is a keen gamer, with lofty notions of making his own video-game. He is also prone to significantly changing his beard style, so he may not look at all like this when you visit.
  5. Dermot McDaid - Maintenance Support
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  6. Ian Cooke - Cleaner
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  7. Kieran Smyth - Community Coordinator (Newry)
    Kieran is currently the Community Co-ordinator for Theatre Peace Building Academy project based in Newry. With a vast range of creative experience in Youth and LGBT contexts, Kieran has relished the opportunity to build on his skills. He has seen how storytelling in its many forms can educate through allowing communities to be receptive to different perspectives. He is a graduate of D.I.T. Conservatory of Drama and Music in Dublin with a B.A in Drama and Performance. He has toured with Double Edge Theatre in the USA and Russia and has extensive experience in community creative contexts. “The Theatre Peace Building Academy has been a truly rewarding experience, working intensely with the participants, I have seen the true meaning of making theatre from a community perspective.”

Our Volunteers

  1. Gemma Harkin
    Gemma commenced working with Holywell Trust in March 2007. She has more than 35 years experience in the Community & Voluntary sector having worked with Habinteg Housing Association as Senior Housing officer in the NW. Later she worked for Leonard Cheshire as their Regional Advisor for NI. Gemma was Director of the City Partnership Board for Derry-Londonderry for seven years and was a Public Representative with the Health Promotion Agency for two years. At Holywell Gemma looks after small environmental projects like the ‘Bee Wild' roof garden and Keep NI Beautiful ‘ Adopt a Spot’ She is also responsible for Health & Safety, Fire Safety and all policy work Gemma enjoys gardening and grows a wide variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as flowers for cutting.
  2. Mick Peppard
    Mick is on placement in Holywell Trust from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare. He is a second year Masters student studying Youth and Community Work. He was very pleased to be accepted by Holywell Trust to undertake this placement and is a firm believer in Equality and in Social Justice. He choose to come to Derry/Londonderry, as he believes that working in such a diverse community will both challenge him personally and enhance his understanding of post conflict resolution mediation and negotiation in a cross community setting.
  3. Jacqueline McKay
    Earlier this year, Jacqueline joined the Volunteer Team at Holywell Trust. Having previously volunteered with Foyle Advocates for four years, Jacqueline has extensive knowledge and training in Mental Health. An avid multi-instrumentalist, she has been involved in numerous projects throughout the City and can be heard playing violin in Holy Family Church, Ballymagroarty each Saturday evening. Her biggest claim to fame is when she pitched her invention and business idea to Duncan Bannatyne, Theo Paphitis, James Caan, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden on BBC Dragons Den in 2010. The Worlds First Infant Cot combined Hand Luggage Case (also known as Angelcot) was featured in the episode which aired in August that year. Jacqueline dedicates one morning per week to the Business Administration department of Holywell Trust.

Our Associates

  1. Paul Gosling - Brexit Expert
    Paul Gosling is the Holywell Trust’s ‘Brexit expert’, with responsibility for its monthly Brexit podcast and blog to explain the process and impact of Brexit on the north west of Ireland. He is a regular broadcast commentator on economic and political events in Northern Ireland, including for Radio Foyle. Paul has been a freelance journalist for 29 years, is a former financial columnist for The Independent newspaper and has written for the Financial Times, Times, Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph and most quality UK and Irish newspapers. He is the former editor of ModernGov magazine and was an editor of the University of Manchester’s public policy blogs. Paul is a member of The Detail Network of investigative journalists, where he is one of their team of analysts and commentators. He has written several books: ‘A New Ireland’, ‘The Fall of the Ethical Bank’, ‘Abuse of Trust’ (as co-author), ‘Changing Money’, ‘Government in the Digital Age’ and ‘Financial Services in the Digital Age’.
  2. Dee Curran - Podcast Producer
    Dee Curran has been working in the Youth and Community sector in and around this council area since 2004. You may also know Dee as a Radio and Sports broadcaster and producer. He applies this experience with the Holywell Trust by producing, editing and promoting our various Holywell Podcast series, including the Holywell Podcast: Brexit Focus.
  3. Fiona Corvan - Future Leaders
    Fiona loves creativity, innovation, risk-taking and Derry (the people are class). A Glasgow girl at heart, huge fan of Camera Obscura, Irn Bru, good humour and being by the sea. As a learning and development professional, most recently, she's designed and delivered education programmes to reduce the poverty related attainment gap (Education Scotland/Inverclyde Council), worked with MakeMatic (bitesize professional learning for teachers) as their Community Manager and currently delivers a range of cross-community outreach work. When she's not facilitating or designing learning content, you can find her drinking coffee and thinking big about how to overcome barriers to participation, education and the future jobs market for our young people - how can we level the playing field, and what will this look like? Fiona is passionate about people, learning and loves networking. Fiona is delighted to be co-facilitation the Future Leaders programme.