Ashton Community Trust Board


The board of Ashton Community Trust are:

Joe Baker

Joe joined the board in 1998. Joe is a well established local  publisher and local historian.

Geraldine Wilkins

Geraldine joined the board in 2011, she has an honours degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters degree in Economics from Queen Mary College (University of London). She has been Chair of New Lodge Arts since 2009.

Liam Nellis

Liam joined the board in 2012, he is the former CEO of Intertrade Ireland. Non Exec Director of several companies. Member of Council Ulster University. Board Member, Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Kieran Molloy

Kieran joined the board in 2015, he has worked for the Cedar Foundation for 19 years. He has extensive experience of delivering training and employment programmes, partnership working and service development within the disability field.

Miceal O Kane

Miceal joined the board in 2016, he is an experienced business manager and owner with over 14 years’ in senior management roles ranging through finance, operations, and general management. Miceal was appointed Vice Chair in 2020

Joy Allen

​Joy Allen joined the Board in October 2018, and was appointed as Interim Chair of the Board following the very sad death of our former Chair Richard O’Rawe in June 2019.  Joy is an experienced Chair and Board Member and was previously a Chief Executive in the social enterprise sector for 12 years.  She specialises in governance and board effectiveness and fostered teenagers for 20 years.

Noelle Collins

Noelle joined the board in 2018, she is a senior manager in Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid, she holds the responsibility for the support of all potential adult female victims of human Trafficking in N. Ireland through a contract with the Dept. of Justice and sits on the government’s Engagement Group.

Noelle manages a large refuge in South Belfast. She is currently involved in the DOJ’s reference group instigating new legislation on Stalking. She is a board member of Council for the Homeless N.I. and a member of the Victim and Witness monitoring group.

Noelle is a member of the strategic advisory group of the Belfast Domestic and Sexual Violence Partnership and chairs a sub-group on prevention and support. She has led many initiatives on awareness raising and training including bringing the Vital Voices Institute to Belfast earlier this year.

Tom Evans

Tom Evans joined the board in 2020

Colin Neill

Colin Neill joined the board in 2020

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