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Board members

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The Board of the International Fund for Ireland is appointed jointly by the British and Irish Governments. The current Board Members are:


Dr Adrian Johnston, Chairman

Dr Johnston is an engineer with Seagate Technology (Ireland) where he identifies and implements collaborative research projects including large cross-border research initiatives. He is a Committee Member of Londonderry YMCA and has a strong interest in community, youth work and economic regeneration, particularly in the North West of Ireland. He was appointed to the Board on 1 March 2009.

 Dorothy Clarke Nov 13

Ms Dorothy Clarke

Ms Clarke is a graduate of NUI Galway is currently Director of Services at Sligo County Council with responsibility for Planning, Community & Economic Development, Arts & Culture. She has extensive experience in economic and community development, social inclusion, tourism & recreation development, and urban & village renewal.

She is currently the Chief Officer of Sligo Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Chair of the Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership and a current Board Member of the Sligo Volunteer Centre. Ms Clarke previously served on a number of Boards including Sligo County Enterprise Board, Sligo Leader Partnership Co. Ltd., the Major Emergency Management Committee for the North West Region (Sligo, Leitrim & Donegal) and also chaired the North West Regional Homeless Forum (Sligo, Leitrim & Donegal).


Mrs Siobhan Fitzpatrick

Mrs Fitzpatrick is Chief Executive of Early Years – the organisation for young children – and has been in post since 1989, having worked previously for the statutory sector within Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland.In her role as Chief Executive, Siobhán has responsibility for policy and strategic development, relationships with the Inter-departmental Group on Early Years, Childcare Partnerships and Pre-school Education Advisory Groups.  She was Chair of the Southern Education and Library Board Pre-School Advisory Group from 1998-2006.  She also manages cross-border relationships and international partnerships.

Siobhán was awarded a CBE for services to Education and Community Development in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2010.

Billy Gamble Nov 13

Mr Billy Gamble

Mr Gamble is a former senior civil servant who was responsible for developing key policies in the areas of children and young people, community and race relations, victims & survivors and regional development. An economist by background, he has extensive experience in economic development and conflict transformation. As well as being a consultant, he is currently a Board member with the Community Relations Council.



Mrs Hilary Singleton

A solicitor by background, Mrs Singleton has a strong interest in cultural development and education and has been a Director of Mid-Armagh Community Network since its formation in 1998. She serves as a board member for the Ulster-Scots Agency, where she chairs the Education Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Hilary is currently Deputy Chair of the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland, Chair of HSENI’s Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Local Government Staff Commission.

Hilary also has a strong interest in community-led economic regeneration. She is Chair of the Southern Zone Steering Group of the Social Investment Fund which was responsible for the development of a Strategic Area Plan for the Zone which addressed issues of poverty, deprivation, unemployment and physical dereliction in areas of identified need and for which £8.5 million has now been allocated by the Northern Ireland Executive.

Hilary spent almost two decades as a legal practitioner in private practice and has a particular interest in employment law. She lives in Markethill in County Armagh.


Mr Paddy Harte

Mr Harte lectures in Leadership, Managing Change and Professional and Personal Development at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and is currently joint-Programme Director of a cross-border MSc in Innovation and Leadership in the Public Sector, delivered jointly between Ulster University and LYIT.

With more than two decades of experience and expertise in development and reconciliation projects, he has previously worked with the International Fund for Ireland on a range of programmes. Mr Harte is a Board Member of the Ulster Community Investment Trust (Irl) and the Collins Institute think-tank and has worked as a leadership coach with a coalition of cross-party MLAs at the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, Belfast. He is a past recipient of The Donegal People of the Year Award for his community work and has been nominated for the Donegal Person of The Year Award on several occasions.


Mr Allen McAdam  

Mr McAdam is a UCD Agricultural Science graduate, rural development consultant, entrepreneur and part-time farmer in County Monaghan. He is recognised as an experienced and influential advisor in the field of rural and local development in the border region and has previously held management positions with Lakeland Dairies, Terralift Fertilisers, DCI Energy and Cavan Monaghan LEADER.

Mr McAdam is a former national Chairman of the Irish LEADER Network and represented Ireland for several years at EU monitoring committee level. He holds several voluntary and community roles and is currently a Board Member of Monaghan County Enterprise Fund and Monaghan Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Appraisals Committee.