Our team

John, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych

John, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych

Chairman

As Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice played a significant role in the Talks on Northern Ireland including negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly and on retirement in 2004 was appointed to the Independent Monitoring Commission, tasked with closing down terrorist operations and overseeing normalization of security in Northern Ireland.

Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Director

Jeffrey Donaldson’s political career began in 1985 when he was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly with the distinction at the age of 22 of being the youngest person to win a seat at Stormont. Jeffrey was subsequently elected to the UK Parliament on 1 May 1997 to represent the constituency of Lagan Valley and was re-elected in May 2015 for a fifth term.

Chris Maccabe, CB

Chris Maccabe, CB

Director

Chris served as a private secretary to the Chief Minister of Northern Ireland, Brian Faulkner, during the short-lived power sharing Executive in 1974; and as a private secretary to the Deputy Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1975 to 1977.

Deirdre Heenan

Deirdre Heenan

Director

A distinguished researcher, author and broadcaster, she is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences and has published widely on healthcare, education policy, social care and devolution. She is a co-founder and former co-director of the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey.

Eva Grosman

Eva Grosman

Chief Executive and Company Secretary

In 2006, following a career in retail business, Eva Grosman founded Connect NI consultancy, providing a range of services including strategic planning, project management, marketing and PR, events management, stakeholder engagement, community development, trade missions and international exchange programmes design and implementation.

Conor Houston

Conor Houston

Programme Director

Conor Houston is joining the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building team as Programme Director for the “EU Debate NI”. Conor is a lawyer, influencer, strategist, collaborator, innovator and active citizen.

Liam Maskey

Liam Maskey

Senior Advisor

Liam Maskey has played a central role in the Northern Ireland peace process over the last 20 years. He has a demonstrated track record of engaging state and non-state protagonists to manage the transition from conflict to peace.

ACC Stephen Martin

ACC Stephen Martin

Senior Advisor

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Stephen Martin leads the PSNI’s District Policing Command which has in the region of 4000 officers and staff. He has responsibility for Local and Neighbourhood Policing across Northern Ireland. He is the overall Police Commander with responsibility for the policing of Hate Crime and Parades within Northern Ireland.

Tina McKenzie

Tina McKenzie

Senior Advisor

Tina McKenzie is an award-winning Managing Director with over 20 years’ experience in the Recruitment and Employment Services sector within Northern Ireland, GB and international markets. Her experience spans a variety of business verticals including professional services, agri-food and logistics.

Niall Johnston

Niall Johnston

Senior Advisor

Niall Johnston has 25 years’ experience delivering technical assistance and development support to parliaments in developed, developing, fragile and conflict-affected environments across more than 60 countries and 170 legislatures. A former army officer and an Anglican priest since 1993, he is particularly interested in issues around support to legislatures in the context of transitional democracies, especially in the Muslim world.

Gary Cooke

Gary Cooke

Washington Ireland Program Intern

Gary is a master’s student studying Mechanical Engineering with Business. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for EIL Intercultural Learning and the treasurer for the Mechanical Engineering Society.

India Fahy

India Fahy

Washington Ireland Program Intern

India is a second year Law student at the London School of Economics. She is a founding member of the newly formed Integrated Education Alumni Association, aimed at promoting the importance of integrated education to the Northern Ireland peace process.

Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones

Washington Ireland Program Intern

Lucy is a final year law student at University College Cork, with a passion for International Law. In 2014 Lucy founded “Know Offence”, a campaign which aspires to help students affected by sexual violence.