Our team

John, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych

John, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych

Chairman Emeritus

We are delighted that Lord Alderdice, following his retirement from the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building Board of Directors, has accepted the honorary role of Chairman Emeritus and will continue to provide valuable strategic advice and guidance to the Centre.

Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Rt. Hon. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Chairman

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.

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.

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.

Niall Johnston

Niall Johnston

Director

Currently, the Project Director for the UK Government-funded Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) Leadership Network, Niall is also the Parliamentary Advisor to the Somalia Stability Fund and an Advisor on FoRB to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England. Niall has over 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.

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.

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.

Michael Jardine

Michael Jardine

Washington Ireland Program Intern

Michael is a masters student studying Violence, Terrorism & Security at Queens’ University Belfast. He recently spent the summer of 2018, interning for the digital rights and civil liberties advocacy group, the Centre for Democracy and Technology in Washington DC.

Courtney Allison

Courtney Allison

Washington Ireland Program Intern

Courtney is completing a Masters of Science in Political Psychology at Queen‘s University Belfast, with her dissertation focusing on the online rhetoric of the "Alt-Right" movement. She is the Course Representative for MSc Political Psychology at the university’s Student Council. Courtney is a proud member of The Green Party of Northern Ireland.