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- Chief Executive Hospitality Ulster

Colin Neill joined the board in 2020

Colin Neill joined Hospitality Ulster (the representative body of Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry) as Chief Executive in August 2008, representing an industry that sustains over 65,000 jobs with an annual turnover of c£2BM annually to the NI economy.

In addition to the day to day operations of Hospitality Ulster Colin is also responsible for the industries’ strategic lobby and spends a significant amount of time engaging with senior politicians in the Northern Ireland Assembly and at Westminster.

Colin is currently a Board member of Tourism Northern Ireland.

Colin holds an MBA from the Ulster University.

Colin has previously worked in both the public and private sector and held the post of Economic & Tourism Development Manager with Ballymena Borough Council before joining Hospitality Ulster.

Colin has previously held the positions of Chairman of Tourism NI Audit & Risk Committee, Chairman on the Northern Ireland Business Crime Partnership and was a member of the Department of Justice Regional Steering Group on Community Safety, a Board member of Purple Flag and Chairman of the NI Purple Flag Steering Group.  Colin has also been a national board member of the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) and Chairman of the regional branch of ATCM in Northern Ireland.

Colin was also a Retained Crew Commander with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, until he resigned in December 2010 with twenty seven years’ service.

Thomas O'Reilly

Thomas O’Reilly

Tommy is a former Senior Civil Servant in the Northern Ireland Civil Service where he held posts in Departments for Communities , Finance and Education. He was Chief Executive of the former Social Security Agency for six years where he was the Accounting Officer for the £5 billion per annum expenditure. He also held the Deputy Secretary post in the Department for Education with responsibility for education policy and children services.  He has over twenty years senior management experience including four years as a Strategic Advisor with the Strategic Investment Board and two years as Director of Transformation in Land and Property Services in the Department of Finance.

He was a Non-Executive Director on the Scottish Governments Social Security Programme for five years  and also a member of the Department of Work and Pensions Universal Credit Programme Board overseeing the development and implementation of the largest IT and service changes to the social security system in the United Kingdom in over 60 years.  He is an Infrastructure and Projects Authority accredited reviewer of major public sector projects and recently spent over 12 months working in Jordan on a EU funded social welfare project. 

Tommy is a qualified teacher and has lived in North Belfast for over 20 years. He has a MBA and until  recently was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

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