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Joe Law

Joe Law has been a Co-director of Trademark for the last ten years with responsibly for its community based programmes, particularly the OCN accredited ‘Community Leadership and Political Education Programme’. He previously worked for Counteract for over seven years and was the lead facilitator in a number of high profile community and work-based sectarian disputes where he was instrumental in bringing about a resolution.

Joe has extensive experience in working in community relations within local government including his role as the lead consultant on a number of Peace funded programmes on Community Relations and Institutional change. Joe has been a member of the Belfast Trades Council for over twenty years and is a life long Trade Unionist. He is also an active panel member of the Industrial Tribunals Boards.

 

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Alice McLarnon M.Ed

Alice has been involved in community work for over fifteen years, firstly in a voluntary capacity, then in 1999 after gaining qualifications in IT, administration and finance she joined Interaction Belfast where she worked for six years in cross community and cross border projects.  Her role entailed helping with funding applications, facilitation of group meetings and developing appropriate financial systems for groups with little support or experience.

In 2005, Alice completed her B.A. degree in Professional Development. In addition she helped win an award for Interaction from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland for sound book keeping and systems. Alice joined Trademark in September 2006 as Office manager with responsibility for financial systems, procedures and fundraising.  As part of the Trademark team she also helps in coordination of all training courses and assistance in areas of research and evaluation and has recently completed a Masters in Education.

 

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Kellie O’Dowd  M.Ed.

Kellie graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1996 with a degree in politics and information management. After extensive involvement in student union politics and the women’s rights office at Queen’s she was elected to the position of National Women’s Rights officer for the Union of Students in Ireland with the remit of increasing female representation within students’ union structures. She returned north in 1997 to take up the training and education post for the Women into Politics project in which she took politics out into working class communities of Belfast and Derry to encourage women to educate and organise around the relevant  political issues of the day.

In 1999 she took up the post of project co-ordinator with Ardoyne Women’s Group with responsibility for the personal development of staff, volunteers, and members.  In 2000 she was appointed as Senior Training Consultant at Time Associates. Kellie joined the team at Trademark full time in 2006 and is a former member of Trademark’s management committee since it’s inception in 2001. She has recently completed a Masters in Education at UU and is a member of the UNITE women’s committee.

 

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Mel Corry

Mel is a former textile worker from Lurgan. As a shop steward in the Transport and General Workers Union he returned to learning and became a volunteer tutor within the Unions education department delivering  the full range of courses offered by the Union as well as bespoke modules outside of the core provision.  Since 1999 Mel has worked as a lecturer in Trade Union studies with the North West Institute of Further and Higher Education.  He spent a year working as a full time official with the Transport and General Workers Union in Mid Ulster servicing the needs of 3000 members  He also served on the Irish executive of the TGWU for 6 years and on the Finance and General Purposes Committee for 4 years.

Mel also has significant experience dealing with issues affecting migrant workers and has delivered anti – racism training in both the private and public sectors. Mel continues to give advice and guidance and provides representation to workers on employment related issues. In July 2007 Mel came on board with Trademark in a full time capacity and co-ordinates Trademark’s work within the Trade union  movement.

 

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Dr Stephen Nolan

Stephen Nolan has worked for Trademark for the last ten years. He previously worked for Counteract, the anti – intimidation unit of the NIC-ICTU where he had responsibility for anti-sectarianism and anti-racism in the public sector. He also worked in the former Yugoslavia as the co-ordinator of Sava – The Service Civil International working group on Ex-Yugoslavia. Stephen has a range of experience in formal and informal training and education contexts including an extensive involvement in work place training often in the context of sectarian disputes and high community tension.   His PhD was on the theme of Republican and Loyalist political discourse and following a Masters in International Human Rights Law with a  focus on labour rights he re[resented the labour movement on the Bill of Rights Working Group on Economic and Social Rights.

He has served as a trustee for Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta (The fund for Irish medium education) and is an active member of UNITE the union.

 

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Ellie Perrin Massebiaux

Eleonore Perrin is currently research officer for Trademark. She previously worked for the Community Relations Council as an EU development officer and wrote a publication of CRC’s supported activities and example of good practice in the field of reconciliation. She also worked for the Pat Finucane Centre in Derry focusing on governmental archives concerning the conflict. Prior to that, she attended the Baha Mousa and Iraq inquiries on behalf of British Irish Rights Watch.

Eleonore has a Master’s degree in International Action and Crisis Management from the Political University of Toulouse, France (Sciences-Po Toulouse).

 

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Tomas Gorman

Tomas recently joined the Trademark team after completing a collaborative research piece that studied the impact of liberal economic and social policy in post conflict Northern Ireland through the lens of an interpretative framework that presents cooperative economic development as an alternative.

Having previously worked with rights based organisation GITE/IPES in the Basque Country, Tomas is currently studying Applied Peace and Conflict Studies at the INCORE institute at Magee. His academic and professional focus is on the importance of social justice as a basis for stable and cohesive human development.

 

 

Peter McGuire

A qualified youth and community development worker with over twenty years experience working with marginalized individuals and groups throughout Ireland and Britain. Peter’s experience ranges from working with youth and men’s groups, ex-political prisoners, unemployed, homeless adults and political parties. His work has focused on developing and delivering educational and training programme, on Irish history, political education and community leadership.

Peter supported the Loyalist paramilitary ceasefires, the peace process and the Good Friday agreement and was involved in the development of the Loyalist political parties the U.D.P and the P.U.P. From January 2000 to December 2010, Peter was the Coordinator of the Duncrun Cultural Initiative. He worked within loyalist, working class communities across Northern Ireland, addressing perceptions of alienation from the political and peace-processes and exploring ways of building relationships and understanding that crossed the sectarian divide. D.C.I. was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

An advocate of volunteering Peter as a member of the International Voluntary Service and Hostelling International Northern Ireland has coordinated and facilitated a wide range of volunteering projects and work camps throughout Europe. He has also worked as a volunteer youth mentor with the Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, (NIACRO),

 

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Claire Pierson

Claire is a freelance researcher working on the themes of gender, peace and security. She is currently conducting doctoral research at Ulster University examining women’s security and experiences of policing in Northern Ireland. She has recently worked as a research assistant with University College Dublin on a Department of Foreign Affairs funded project ‘Addressing Cultural Legacies of Conflict’ with women in Colombia, Liberia and Ireland.

Previously, Claire has worked for the Institute for Conflict Research (Belfast), The Atlantic Philanthropies, Women’s News Magazine (Belfast) and the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Commission (Jerusalem) on issues of human rights, peace-building and ethno-national conflict. Claire has also provided workshops and trainings for international students, international activists, community groups and schools on gender and conflict, women and peace-building and women in the media.