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Joy Allen, Managing Director

Joy Allen is a Chartered Director, who has specialised in governance development processes since 2003.  Joy has undertaken over 50 governance reviews, and she regularly delivers governance training and development support to boards in all sectors.  She is a course leader for the prestigious Institute of Directors ‘Role of the Director and the Board’ programme, which she delivers in Pall Mall, London.  She co-delivers the Leading Effective Boards programme at the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University and the ‘Inspiring Boardroom Leadership’ programme for CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy).

Joy currently serves on the board of Alzheimer’s Society (UK), and has chaired the boards of Simon Community NI and VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care).  She was a Non-Executive Director of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, one of the largest Trusts in Europe, with 20,000 staff and an annual budget in excess of £1bn, for 7 years. She is a Director & Company Secretary of D R Mitchell Ltd, a house-building and land development business.  Joy has also been a board member of the former Ulster Community & Hospitals Trust and Fostering Network (UK) Ltd, and was Director of Shell LiveWIRE (NI) Ltd for 7 years.

Joy holds a Masters Degree in Executive Leadership, and a Masters Level qualification in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring.  She is also a qualified and experienced mediator.

Richard O’Rawe, Associate

Richard O’Rawe is an experienced facilitator and a leadership specialist. He is Managing Director of Stellar Leadership, a company offering advice and support in the areas of leadership, strategic planning and performance management.

He has experience as a company director and chair in a range of companies, private and public. His private sector experience covers technology, professional services and property development.

He is currently chair of Belfast Metropolitan College which has an annual budget of £60m and employs over 1,000 people. He was previously chair of East Belfast Partnership Ltd which raised £40m investment for a community infrastructure project running through the east of the city.

He has an MSc in Executive Leadership and in 2011 he was awarded an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership Mentoring and Executive Coaching. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

He runs the Leading Effective Boards programme for The Leadership Institute, Riddel Hall, Queens University Belfast.

Mena Wilson, Associate

Mena Wilson provides organisational, team and individual development through facilitation, training, mentoring and coaching, and development and delivery of leadership and management training. She has expertise in a range of areas to improve governance. These include leadership skills, boardroom assessment, emotional intelligence, developing vision and values, developing strategic plans, managing performance, coaching and mentoring.

Mena has specific expertise in the theory and practice of leadership. She has helped boards and senior teams to understand, lead and motivate staff in their organisations. Mena is an experienced board-level coach. Informed by her research she has a focus on ensuring the needs of both the organisation and individuals are met through agreeing a model of transfer of learning from training to the workplace/board.