Board of Trustees
Dee Nixon (Chief Executive)
Although Dee started her career within psychiatric mental health nursing she has over twenty seven years’ business experience within a variety of vertical markets these include print and broadcast media, marketing and event management, commercial banking and telecommunications. Dee has worked in Northern Ireland, the UK and Ireland as well as working in the USA. Dee has many years of experience as a director and in senior management she is also a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator.
Paddy Davidson (Deputy Chairman)
Paddy develops the national strategic vision for the Education, Training and Development of programmes of the Prince's Trust in Northern Ireland, ensuring they are relevant, accessible and delivering excellence for young people. He works closely with the Policy and Strategy team to determine the impact of external policies and research on the Trust's Education, Training and Development programmes. He is also the only person in the UK licensed to offer courses in Mental Health First Aid for both England and Northern Ireland and is also a qualified WRAP Facilitator.
Michael Crooks (Treasurer)
Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. I always strive to give a quality service to all my clients. He endeavors to understand each client's business and what their motivations are to help in giving them good business advice. He is highly motivated by what we want to achieve and sees this as a way to facilitate positive change within NI.
Organisational representative – Campbell has had a diverse career, mostly within the charitable sector in one way or another. His range of work has taken in youth and community work, personnel support, training and theological education. He has lived and worked in several African countries and in the UK, and has been accredited tutor associated with the Universities of Uyo, Calabar, Lampeter and Chester. For the last ten years he has written and delivered training in cross-cultural awareness and communication and is a qualified facilitator of WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Plan).
Fiona McKenzie (Human Resources): Fiona is a CIPD Qualified HR Manager with over ten years’ experience within the private and public sectors. She is focused on HR Strategy, business and employee strategic alignment; and organisational development, leadership, culture and change. She is excited about the capacity Hope4Life has to change people’s lives for the better within Northern Ireland.
Peter has worked as a freelance IT Consultant in England and Northern Ireland for more than 20 years advising SMEs and global corporations on all aspects of their IT. Peter has a wealth of experience in helping businesses to make IT work for them from infrastructure to software solutions. Peter’s experience encompasses working at a senior level with globally distributed teams within the corporate environment.
Peter has pastored 2 churches in the North West of England and has worked with The Gideons International for 7 years.
Laura currently works as Senior Marketing Manager at Belfast Metropolitan College. She is responsible for delivering high quality marketing services to support the College’s strategic direction and business plan.
Previous to this, Laura held the role of Events and Marketing Manager at Women in Business, playing a pivotal role in growing the organisation's membership, offering, brand and profile. Laura is also the founder of Little Women NI, an initiative which aims to develop a range of life assuring skills among young girls through bespoke events and programmes.
Lesley Nelson (Secretary)
Lesley has over thirty years’ experience working within the NI Civil Service, she has been responsible for attending board meetings and writing up the minutes of same, distributing and collating information on actions and outcomes for internal reports. Lesley has a heart for those who suffer with disabilities and has been a volunteer at NI Children’s Hospice and other Action groups for many years.