Observatory Advisory Panel
The Observatory Advisory Panel was a voluntary panel of representatives from the community, voluntary, public and private sectors and academia, which meets at least twice a year in order to provide advice on the work of the Observatory.
Its purpose and roles were as follows.
To consider a variety of information resources concerning change in the community and voluntary sectors and how these could be interpreted by these sectors in responding positively to change.
To review and comment upon the policy framework that will underpin change at a national, regional and local government level.
To propose responses for the Observatory to influence the future work of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Building Change Trust.
To propose responses for the Observatory to influence the future work of the government, and the community and voluntary sectors in support of change and transformation.
To recommend for commission areas for primary research or analysis or review of secondary data, that will support the work of the Observatory in informing and shaping the work of the Building Change Trust, and supporting the community and voluntary sectors.
To identify best practice in order to disseminate this.
The current Observatory Advisory Panel members were:
Norrie Breslin, BIG Lottery
Annie Clarke, Community Places
Colin Devine, North West Community Network
Niamh Goggin, Charity Bank
Kat Healy, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Frances Hughes, East Down Rural Community Network
Michael Hughes, Rural Community Network
Christine Irvine, Volunteer Now
Avila Kilmurray, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Maurice Kinkead, Landmark East
Claire McAteer, Business in the Community
Gerard McCann, St Mary’s University College
Sandra McCarry, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Lauri McCusker, Fermanagh Trust
Lisa McElherron, NICVA
John McGuinness, ABC Community Network
Nigel McKinney, Building Change Trust
Anne Molloy, Pobal (Ireland)
Joanne Morgan, Community Development and Health Network
Zita Murphy, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Brendan Murtagh, Queen’s University Belfast
Jack O’Connor, Department of Social Development
Monina O’Prey, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Gladys Swanton, Community Evaluation Northern Ireland