Giving children the chance to choose

Our Board

Children in Crossfire is directed by a Board of Trustees, which designates the day to day management of Children in Crossfire to its Executive Director, Richard Moore. The organisation aims to maintain a Board of Trustees comprising of at least 10 members chosen to provide a diverse and balanced mix of skills, expertise and life experience. The current Board of Trustees includes individuals drawn from backgrounds in education, medicine, media, international development/aid, finance, and law.

Anne Duffy

Anne joined the board in 2011. Formerly the Chief Executive of CDNA [Community District Nursing Association] she now works as an International Healthcare Consultant. She has advised on community nursing issues at the Department of Health at Whitehall and at the highest level in government. She also holds a Harvard International Trade Union Diploma.

Dominic Fitzpatrick

Dominic joined the board in 2010. He is currently Managing Director of both The Irish News and of Interpress (NI) Ltd. He sits on the Board of River Media Newspapers Ltd and Northern Media Group. He is a non-Executive Director of Ivywood Properties Ltd which incorporates Titanic Quarter, Belfast.

Don McLeish

Don joined the board in 2005 and served as its Chairman from 2002 to 2008. After working in Nigeria with the Holy Ghost Fathers he became founding Chairman of Concern Universal in 1976, a position he held for some 30 years. A Magistrate for 18 years, Don is now retired. He currently chairs the Children in Crossfire International Programme Committee.

Dr Joan McGuinness

Joan joined the board in 2011. Joan graduated from Queen’s University Medical School in 1987 and is currently employed in the NHS as a consultant psychiatrist and clinical director in Learning Disability. She has contributed to service planning within the NHS at a local, regional and departmental level.

Joe Murray

Joe joined the board in 2005. For most of his adult life, he has been involved in working for justice, peace and human rights. Having studied at Kimmage Development Studies Centre he went on to join the peace and justice organisation Afri (Action from Ireland) in 1982 where he is now the Coordinator. In 1989 he took a short break from Afri to work with Concern Worldwide in Africa as part of the UN’s Operation Lifeline Sudan. Joe attended the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela at the invitation of Afri’s patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was awarded the Desmond and Leah Tutu Human Rights Award in 2003. He also sits on the board of the International Peace Bureau.

Marcus O Neill

Marcus joined the board in 2008 and has served as its Chairman since [2012]. A retired solicitor he has previously served as a Trustee of a school in Belfast and as secretary to the Board of a large private sector company.

Rose Kelly

Rose joined the board in 2005 and served as Chairperson from 2009 until 2011. Rose is a primary school teacher, and is passionate about education in its widest sense. She sees an understanding of the environment and community as providing a rich, varied and ongoing mutual learning experience.

Seamus Farrell

Seamus joined the board in 2010. He has over 40 years of direct involvement in overseas development. He has previously been a trainer with APSO and now delivers training for DTalk. He is a visiting lecturer at Kimmage Development Studies Centre (BA and MA Programmes) and at the University of Ulster’s School of Education where he teaches modules in management of conflict (taking account of cultural considerations), conflict and human rights, mediation and restorative approaches to the management of conflict in schools.

Ashley Young

Ashley joined the board in 2007. She attended Queen’s University, Belfast where she graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Accounting. She is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and has worked as a senior accountant and auditor for various accountancy practices gaining wide experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Ashley currently works as a Finance and Compliance Manager within the financial services industry. She currently chairs the Children in Crossfire Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Helen Henderson

Helen joined the board 2012. She was recently appointed as the Managing Director of St Columb’s Park House Peace and Reconciliation Centre. She has spent most of her working life in the community/voluntary sector and was involved in a range of programmes including; IFI Wider Horizons, Children in Crossfire Global Education, YouthBank and worked freelance as a consultant delivering training for teachers/youth workers/young people and community groups. She completed a Masters in ‘Education for Contemporary Society’ and recently completed a strategic leadership course for women interested in public life and is passionate about sustainable development, equality and global justice. Helen volunteers in a local campaign group called ‘North West Stop The Traffik’ who raise awareness and take action to prevent human trafficking and modern day slavery locally and globally.

Liam Nellis

Liam joined the board in 2015. He obtained a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of London and went on to receive an MSc in Social Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Ulster. Having joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1973, he established NI-CO (the public sector marketing company) in 1990. In 1997 he joined the Industrial Development Board as Executive Director, responsible for attracting foreign direct investment to Northern Ireland. After a brief period on secondment to set up the body, Liam was appointed CEO of InterTradeIreland in 2000. When he retired from InterTradeIreland in 2012 he was appointed to the Alumni Board of the Ernst & Young EOY Programme, which represents over 300 entrepreneurs from across the island of Ireland. Liam is on the Council of the University of Ulster and was an Advisor to the National Competitiveness Council in Dublin. He is a Trustee of the Grand Opera House in Belfast and several other charitable trusts including Caring Breaks, the Soul of Haiti Foundation and the Ashton Community Trust (Belfast). He has recently been appointed Chair of the MIT sponsored Innovation FabLab in Belfast and Derry and is also on the Board of several companies.

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We are a registered charity in Northern Ireland (NIC101412) and The Republic of Ireland (CHY 20045517). Children in Crossfire is now also a registered ‘Not For Profit’ in the USA and is recognised as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 46-2267122). We are developing Advisory Groups in Chicago and Boston to assist with a fundraising programme.