Having worked in an accountancy practice in Derry for 30 years, Helen is a former Councillor and Mayor of Derry (2006 – 07) and served as President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) in 2008 – 09.
Prior to joining The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Paul worked at the National Trust where he spent time as both area manager and acting regional director.
Paul has studied at Queen’s University, Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Ulster. He is currently undertaking PhD research on the role of heritage in a divided society. His particular interest is in the development of ethical approaches to contentious commemoration.
Paul chairs the Decade of Centenaries Roundtable, is a member of the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage and is on the board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Ed McMahon is the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development and Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban land Institute. He is recognized nationally as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and a leading authority on topics such as the links between health and the built environment, sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. He recently presented “Where am I? The Power of Uniqueness” at TEDxJacksonville.
Maeve has an Advanced Diploma in Management Practices and a Masters in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster. She was named one of Belfast’s Top 50 Business People in 2007 and 2011 (Belfast Media Group), Female Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 (Social Enterprise Awards NI) and Outstanding Leadership and Management Leader 2018 Women in Business. Maeve has been Chair of the Community Foundation Northern Ireland since October 2015 and is Chair of Give Inc., Ireland’s first Giving Circle.
He began his career as an independent filmmaker, winning awards and critical acclaim. He has worked with top Hollywood studios and production companies including Warner Bros, MGM, The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate, among others.
While researching his ancestry online, Hopwood stumbled upon Hopwood Hall. Built by his ancestors in 1426, the 60-room mansion is falling down and Hopwood is now on a mission to save it!
A new HTN Trustee, Hopwood will be giving the Toast at the Conference Dinner.
From 2000 to 2013 Rita fronted the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. Leading the Society on planning casework and campaigns; she also developed its education and traditional building skills programmes. Prior to that she was employed as Heritage Officer with Belfast City Council; researcher with Rachel Bevan Architects; and NI Development Officer for the
Ecology Building Society. She currently serves on the board of Hearth Historic Buildings Trust and the Irish Landmark Trust.``
Come along to discuss your views on using Places of Worship for community purposes and to hear about successful projects from elsewhere. How can we make community business a success in historic buildings?
'We support rural communities across the UK to tackle the issues they face through community business. To date, Plunkett Foundation has supported almost 600 community businesses to reach trading stage across the UK. In addition to developing and safeguarding valuable assets and services, these community businesses address a range of issues including isolation, loneliness, wellbeing, work and training.'