New Board Directors Appointed

  • Apr 05,2019

Welcome to our new Board Directors

Following a thorough recruitment process, we are delighted to announce the appointment of 3 new Directors to the Netball NI Board effective immediately, with their first Board meeting scheduled for 15th April 2019.

Joining current  Directors;

Chair Geoff Wilson

Helen Stirling

Richard Bullick

Jasmine Moorehead

we welcome; 

Steven Mills

Jolene Donnelly 

Jason Smyth

Each new Director brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in their specialist areas as well as a broad understanding of the sporting landscape in Northern Ireland from both a funding and development perspective. 

Steven Mills, Development Manager of Northern Ireland Football League, having worked in both a Local Authority and National Governing Body, has vast operational and strategic experience of developing sport at both participation and performance levels with a recognition of the commercial goals needed alongside playing ones to ensure sustainability in today's challenging market.  

Steven Mills

'I am delighted to accept a position on the Netball NI Board and I am looking forward to working in and supporting the organisation over the coming years.'

Jolene Donnelly,  Workforce Officer at Irish Athletic Boxing Association (Ulster Branch), formally employed as a Programme Manager at Sport Northern Ireland, has a highly varied skill set including an ability to develop and manage strategic programmes, policies and proposals, in particular with a focus on promoting participation in sport from underrepresented groups including women and girls. 

Jolene Donnelly

'I am delighted to accept  the position of Director on the Netball NI Board. I feel very honoured to be offered this position and I am confident that through my rounded knowledge and experience in the sports development sector that I can bring some fresh ideas to the table. I look forward to working as part of Netball NI in what is extremely exciting times for the sport.'

Jason Smyth, High Performance  Athlete, having competed at 3 Paralympic Games, 7 World Championships, 5 European Championships and 1 Commonwealth Games winning 19 Gold medals in that time, Jason brings huge High Performance experience  and understanding to the Netball NI Board. Off the track he represents on the Paralympics Ireland athletes commission so recognises the roles and relationships needed between Governing Bodies and Athletes.

Jason Smyth

'Excellent news to be offered a position on the Netball NI Board, It is great to have the opportunity to be involved and I look forward to the journey ahead.'

Geoff Wilson, Chair Netball NI

'We were delighted with the calibre of applications we received for our vacant Board positions, so much so we had a 3 stage selection process to determine who we offered positions to. It is an extremely exciting time for Netball as a sport and Netball NI as an organisation and we believe we have the right Board Directors in place to work with and support our staff to deliver for our members and future members in all areas of the business. I am thrilled to welcome; Steven, Jolene and Jason to the Board and know they will enjoy being a part of the NNI team. I've been Chair for 2 years now and while I was new to netball at the beginning I had huge experience in the business of sport and I am loving being a part of driving Netball NI forward and learning more about the sport of netball every day.'

We are sure our members join us in welcoming our new Directors and wish them well in their roles.

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