The Board


Jonny Currie

Jonny Currie (Chairperson)

Jonny is married to Lisa and they have three young children - Linus, Edie and Tilly. He works as Community Development Director for East Belfast Community Development Agency. Jonny has an LLB in Law with Politics and an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen's University Belfast. He has previously worked in the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland for a range of organisations in the areas of community relations, healthy living, and policy development.

Stephen Adams


Stephen Adams (Secretary)

Stephen worked in Health Care management until May 2009. He worships in Windsor Baptist Church and has involvement in several other Christian organisations –both local and global. He is keeping his admin skills refreshed by part time volunteer work in the office. He enjoys hill walking and good mealtime conversations as relaxation.

Colin Neill

Colin Neil

Colin works in local economic development, is married to Claire, and is Dad to two teenagers, Matt and Suzy. He is the author of 'Turas - a story of strangers in a strange land’, a novel that explores the fortunes of Northern Irish evangelicals in an imagined United Ireland, and preaches regularly in Presbyterian churches. In spare time he enjoys reading and running, and has blind faith that one day Ipswich Town Football Club will see an upturn in fortunes.

Ed Cooke

Ed Cooke

Ed is married to Ruth and they have a son, Nathaniel.  A solicitor by profession, Ed has previously worked for the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) and now works as a civil servant.  He has an LLB in Law with Politics, LLM in Human Rights Law and MSc in Public Affairs and Political Lobbying.  He is part of a church community at Belfast Collective and when not parenting, working or studying, can usually be found running.  He (mostly) re-tweets under the handle @edwardcooke1986. 

Peter McDowell


Peter McDowell

Peter currently works for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Previously he was a Good Relations Officer for the Irish Churches Peace Project in the Newry and Mourne area. He has also been minister of Garnerville Presbyterian Church and of a united Presbyterian and Methodist congregation in Limerick and spent several years working in Nepal. He is married to Åsa and they have two children, Hannah and Daniel.

Cathy Bollaert

Cathy Bollaert


Cathy Bollaert is originally from South Africa and works as a peace-building consultant in Northern Ireland. She teaches peace and reconciliation studies at several academic institutes in Belfast. Her research focuses on the intersection between identity, culture and peace-building which draws on her previous experience of grassroots reconciliation initiatives located in South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and Northern Ireland.


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