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Joy Allen, Managing Director

Joy Allen is a Chartered Director, who has specialised in governance and board 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 Institute of Directors ‘Role of the Director and the Board’ and 'Leadership for Directors' modules in the Chartered Director programme.  She designed and co-delivered the 'Leading Effective Boards' programme at the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University, the ‘Inspiring Boardroom Leadership’ programme for CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy), and the 'Leadership for Board Chairs' programme for the Institute of Directors.

Joy currently chairs the boards of Morrow Communications Ltd and Ashton Community Trust.  Previously, she chaired the boards of Simon Community NI and VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care) and was a board member of Alzheimer's Society and The Fostering Network.  She was a Non-Executive Director of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (with 20,000 staff and an annual budget of £1bn) for 7 years and Ulster Community & Hospitals Trust for 7 years, 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 and NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming).