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Disability Sport NI is currently managed by a Board of Directors, who are elected at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to represent the interests of the broader membership and/or to provide the staff with guidance on the charity’s remit to support people with disabilities to be active and be the best in sport and active recreation.

Barry Macaulay / Chairperson

Barry Macaulay

Chairperson

Barry developed a career in the disability field and has 10 years senior management experience in the voluntary sector. Barry was appointed to the Board of Directors for his experience of management in the voluntary sector, sport & disability issues.

Angela Hendra MBE / Vice -Chairperson

Angela Hendra MBE

Vice -Chairperson

Angela is a founding member of Disability Sport NI, former Paralympian and a retired Cytologist. Angela was reappointed to the Board of Directors because of her experience of disability sport, disability issues and management in the voluntary sector.

Michael McAteer MBE / Director

Michael McAteer MBE

Director

Michael is an experienced civil servant who was awarded an MBE for his chairmanship of a national disability steering committee. Michael was appointed to the Board of Directors because of his experience of public service, sport and disability issues.

Michael Hilland / Director

Michael Hilland

Director

Michael is a Director of Adair & Milliken Electrical Contractors and is a member of the Association of Powerchair Football Ireland. Michael was appointed to the Board of Directors for his experience of business and disability sport.

Darren Cave / Director

Darren Cave

Director

Darren is a professional rugby player with 10 years’ experience playing for Ulster and Ireland. Darren was appointed to the Board of Directors because of his experience of professional sport and growing interest in and knowledge of disability sport.

Dawn McGookin / Director

Dawn McGookin

Director

Dawn has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance and is currently Commercial Finance Manager with BT plc. Dawn was appointed to the Board of Directors because of her experience of business, finance and strategic management.

Laura-Lee Jenkins / Director

Laura-Lee Jenkins

Director

Laura-Lee is a qualified solicitor and an experienced international wheelchair badminton player. Laura-Lee Jenkins was appointed to the Board of Directors because of her experience of legal issues, diversity and competitive sport.

Orla Fox / Director

Orla Fox

Director

Orla has 20 years’ experience as a PE teacher and is currently Head of PE at St Patrick’s High School, Co Armagh. Orla was appointed to the Board of Directors because of her experience of physical education, community sport and disability issues.

Stephen Friel / Director

Stephen Friel

Director

Stephen is a management consultant with 11 years overseeing the implementation of business plans and is former coach of Irish Boccia Team. Stephen was appointed to the Board of Directors for his experience of business, sport and disability issues.

Ken Armstrong / Director

Ken Armstrong

Director

Ken is a retired teacher from Lisburn and is the current Honorary Secretary of Belfast Indoor Bowls Club. Ken was appointed to the Board of Directors because of his experience of education, sports administration and coaching.

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Disability Sport NI provide an equality of access to sport and active recreation opportunities for people with a disability in Northern Ireland.

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