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Northern Ireland Board

Thomas McKenna (Chair)

Thomas became the chair of Groundwork NI in 2018.

Thomas is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with KPMG Belfast and now specialising in Personal Insolvency as a Director within Keenan CF.

He joined the Keenan CF team in October 2011 and has managed a strong portfolio of bankruptcy cases and advised in pre-insolvency enforcement action. His role has also included significant and successful asset tracing assignments across Europe. Thomas is also responsible for the management of both compulsory and voluntary liquidations in corporate insolvency matters and assist in Business turnaround.

Previous roles include Independent Member to the Audit Committee of the former Newtownabbey Council prior to their amalgamation with Antrim Council and Thomas also served as a Committee Member for Sport Lisburn for 5 years.

Leonard Sproule
Alan Moneypenny
Dr Jane Holmes
Ronan Corrigan
Nicola Murray

Nicola has been a board member of Groundwork NI for 5 years. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 and spent the early part of her career as an external auditor specialising in the charity sector.  Nicola then moved into finance management and has 10 years’ experience working in both central government and the private sector, spending the last two years establishing a new finance function within a large conference and entertainment venue.  Nicola has an interest in business improvement and qualified as an EFQM assessor and Prince 2 practitioner. She has recently taken up a new role in local government focusing on process and system improvement.

Conor Canning
Anna Gray

Anna is a solicitor in the public sector working at all levels of Government specialising in procurement, commercial contracts and public law. Before that she spent a number of years in the private sector in a leading international law firm. She has previous experience of charitable work both in volunteering and on Boards. She has a passion for making a difference by ensuring equal access and fair treatment for all. 

Bob Van Geldere

Bob has been working in Human Resources in both private and third sector. As an HR manager working in a commercial environment, he has extensive experience in the fields of employee relations, leadership development and organisational cultures. He has also sound commercial and business knowledge. Originally from The Netherlands, he has a broad interest in how society works and the importance of social cohesion therein. He joined Groundwork NI because he recognises the many benefits green space can bring to communities in Northern Ireland Bob is a Chartered member of the Chartered institute of personnel and development.

John McConnell
Elma Newberry (Advisor)