Team

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Alice McLarnon M.Ed

Alice has been involved in community development for over twenty 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. In 2005 Alice completed her B degree in Professional Development through the University of Dundee. Alice joined Trademark in September 2006 as Office Manager with responsibility for financial planning, systems, procedures and fundraising. As part of the Trademark team she helps with the coordination of training and education and research and evaluation. In 2012 Alice was awarded a Masters in Education having undertaken a study on the reintegration of ex-political prisoners. A founding member of the Belfast Cleaning Society, Northern Ireland’s first cross-community worker-owned cooperative and winner of the inaugural Living Wage Award, Alice is the lead for Trademark’s cooperative economic development programme. She is a member of Unite the union.

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Mel Corry

Mel is a former textile worker from Lurgan. He returned to learning as a shop steward in the Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) and became a volunteer tutor with the union’s education department, delivering the full range of courses offered by the union as well as modules outside of core provision. Since 1999 Mel has worked as a part-time lecturer in Trade Union Studies within the Further and Higher Education sector. He spent a year working as a full-time official with the TGWU in Mid-Ulster, servicing the needs of 3000 members, and sat on the Irish Executive of the union (now Unite) for six years. Mel has vast experience of representing workers across different industries and of dealing with the specific issues affecting migrant workers. He has been with Trademark for twelve years, combining his role as the organisation’s core community relations worker with the delivery of anti-sectarian and anti-racist training in the public and private sectors as well as political education for a number of trade unions. He continues to play an active part in the trade union movement as a Unite member and delegate to Craigavon Trades Council, and continues to offer advice, guidance and representation to workers on employment related issues.

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Dr Stiofán Ó Nuallain

Stiofán has been with Trademark since 2001, having previously worked for Counteract, the anti-intimidation unit of the ICTU where he had responsibility for anti-sectarianism and anti-racism in the public sector. Before this he worked in the former Yugoslavia as co-ordinator of the SAVA (Service Civil International) Working Group on Ex-Yugoslavia. Stiofán has a range of experience in formal and informal training, education and mediation including extensive experience of work interventions in the context of sectarian disputes and 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 represented the labour movement on the Bill of Rights Working Group on Economic and Social Rights. Stiofán is closely involved with all aspects of Trademark’s work, with a particular responsibility for its political education programmes, international collaboration and cooperative economic development. A keen Gaeilgeoir, 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.

Dr Seán Byers

Dr Seán Byers

Seán joined Trademark in 2014, having completed a PhD at the University of Ulster the previous year. With a background in academia and trade union politics, Seán contributes to Trademark’s education and training activities but is principally responsible for the organisation’s research projects and policy development. He has authored a number of widely cited reports and provides research support to Unite, Mandate and the Right2Water campaign amongst others, while developing Trademark’s connections with the Irish and European left through the exploration of alternative economic and political strategies. Seán is the author of Seán Murray: Marxist-Leninist and Irish Socialist Republican (Irish Academic Press, 2015), co-editor (with Francis Devine) of William Walker, 1870-1918: Belfast Labour Unionist (Umiskin Press, 2018) and has published in socialist media outlets such as Jacobin and Tribune. He sits on the board of Financial Justice Ireland (FJI), the 50th Anniversary Civil Rights Committee, the Irish Labour History Society (ILHS) committee, and is an active member of Belfast Trades Council and Unite the union.