There are 11 core staff employed by the Trust.

Graham Thompson, Chief Executive – graham@ccght.org

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Graham was appointed as Chief Executive in May 2016.  He is well known in the Causeway Coast and Glens area following his 10 year stint, between 2002 and 2012, as the National Trust’s Project Director for the Giant’s Causeway.  This was during the development stage of the RIBA award winning Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre and the introduction of both the management plan for the Causeway World Heritage Site and the tourism masterplan for the area.  During that time Graham was also an active Board member of CCGHT.

More recently Graham led the project for the development of new conference and exhibition facilities at the Belfast Waterfront on behalf of Belfast City Council.  Prior to his time with the National Trust Graham held various posts in DFP, OFMDFM, the International Fund for Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Graham is originally form South Shields in the North-East of England, has been awarded degrees by both the University of Ulster and Queen’s and lives in Hillsborough with his wife Helen and 3 children.  He is a lover of reading, the outdoors and all sport, especially rugby.

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Carole O’Kane, Corporate Services Manager – carole@ccght.org

HEADSHOTS 18Carole started with the Trust on 22nd July 2002 as Office Administrator but her responsibilities have changed and her current role is Corporate Services Manager. In this role Carole is responsible for the delivery of a professional corporate service provision including financial and administration management, communications, secretariat and members services provision to the various governance committees associated with the Trust.

Carole produces the CCGHT Activity Newsletters, the Annual Report and other promotional material. She leads on the development and maintenance of the CCGHT website and Social Media sites.

Carole is responsible for the strategic development of the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust including raising the profile of the Charity and its activities.

Carole leads on and assists with various educational projects to raise awareness of the unique heritage of the area. Carole received the WorldHost accreditation in 2012.

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Andrew Bratton, AONB & WHS Manager – andrew@ccght.org

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Andrew joined the Trust as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and World Heritage Site (WHS) Manager in December 2012. He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in July 2015 with a PhD in Geography, where he produced a set of guidelines for digital documentation of dynamic natural heritage sites. Recently Andrew has taken on additional responsibilities for delivering the European Regional Development funded Northern Periphery and Arctic Region Drifting Apart project. In this capacity he chairs the international Project Steering Group responsible for overseeing delivery of the project in Canada, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway and Russia. Andrew enjoys collecting, restoring and riding classic and collectible motorbikes, swimming, badminton, indoor bowls and is a keen F1 and MotoGP Fan. Working to travel, Andrew climbed Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in February 2016 and is always planning his next adventure…

 

 

 

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 Tierna Mullan, Heritage Officer – tierna@ccght.org

Tierna joined the Trust on 7th January 2009 as Administration Officer.  Since July 2015  she has been employed as Heritage Officer .  Her responsibilities include: participation in the delivery of projects on the ground relating to AONB and the EU funded project entitled “ÉCONOMUSÉE, assisting staff with organisation of events and exhibitions to promote and raise awareness of CCGHT.   She graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in International Travel & Tourism Management in 2007.   She enjoys travelling, reading and socialising. Tierna received the WorldHost accreditation in 2012.

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Nikki Maguire, Heritage Officer – nikki@ccght.org

Nikki began with the Trust as WHS/Project Assistant in December 2012 after completing a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development with the Gibson Institute at Queen’s University, Belfast. Through her Masters she became aware of CCGHT’s work and actually took up a placement with the Trust for two months in the previous year, beginning work on the Landscape Partnership Scheme. Nikki is a local girl from the heart of the Glens in Cushendall and enjoys baking and exploring local food produce. Nikki received the WorldHost accreditation in 2013.

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Richard Donaghey, Heritage Officer- richard@ccght.org

Richard, from Coleraine, joined the Trust in September 2015 as a Heritage Officer.   Richard studied Environmental Science at the University of Ulster and since graduating in 2010, has pursued a career in the environmental sector with a specialisation in ecology, namely ornithology, with over five years combined employment with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (Hydrology/Hydromorphology), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, National Trust, Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (Freshwater Fisheries) and a private ecological consultancy.  Richard enjoys natural history, water sports, the outdoors, football, travel and is a keen birder and trained bird ringer.

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Ann-Marie Laverty, Administrative Assistant- enquiries@ccght.org

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Heart of the Glens LPS

Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme

Réamaí Mathers, Landscape Partnership Scheme Manager – reamai@lps.ccght.org
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Originally from Newry, Co Down Réamaí now lives in the Glens with his wife and three children. Réamaí has a degree in Environmental Science and a PhD in Ecology. He has managed a wide number of regional, national and international projects in environmental, heritage, language and indigenous education areas. As Manager of the Glens of Antrim ‘Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme’ (LPS), he is responsible for the overall delivery of the programme and supporting programme staff and communities in the Glens area.

 

 

 

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Brian Gaynor, Landscape Projects Officer – brian@lps.ccght.org

Brian from Laois, is a qualified Landscape Architect with over eight years’ professional experience in the private and public sector. During this time he set up and managed his own garden design and construction business. Further to his Undergraduate Degree in Landscape Horticulture, he has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Decision Making and is currently finishing a Masters in World Heritage Management. Brian enjoys playing different sports, travelling, hiking and generally exploring the outdoors.

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Laura McAuley, Outreach and Volunteer Officer – laura@lps.ccght.org

Laura graduated from Queens University in Belfast with a Bsc (Hons) degree in Geography. She is a qualified Bookkeeper with many years’ experience working in a busy office and has a keen interest in biodiversity and the environment. Being a glens woman herself she is keen to assist in the day to day running of the projects and ensure that they are seen through to the end. Laura will provide administrative support to all members of the team and isn’t afraid to get stuck in with the practical conservation and enhancement aspects of the projects. She hopes her personal connection to the Glens of Antrim will provide valuable advice to the team and help the scheme to be a success.

 

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Cathy McClintock, Administration & Finance Officer – cathy@lps.ccght.org

Cathy graduated from Dundee University with a BAcc in Accountancy & Finance and went on to become a Chartered Accountant. Having previously worked in both public and private sector companies Cathy is now looking forward to her role in assisting with the financial aspects of the development and delivery of the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme and all that it will entail.

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