Michael Boyle is currently the CEO at the Northern Ireland Police Fund. He started employment in social work in North and West Belfast before leaving to become a police officer in the Irish Republic. He was an adviser to the ‘Patten Commission’ on the future of policing. He was subsequently a Director with the Northern Ireland Parades Commission where he qualified as a mediator. He has served on EU Police and Rule of Law missions to Afghanistan and Iraq. As a member of the UKs Stabilisation Cadre he has been seconded to Human Rights and Security missions to Iraq and Haiti. He is a trained EU election analyst and monitor and has monitored elections throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. He has acted as a consultant for the Council of Europe on Policing, Human Rights and Public Protest. He is a former university tutor of criminology. He served as a member and vice chair of Independent Monitoring Boards attached to Maghaberry Prison and Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre and Prison. He holds academic qualifications in law, policing and community engagement from UK and Irish Universities including a BA, LLB, LLM, MA and PhD. He was formerly the Chair of the South Belfast District Policing Partnership.
Raised in North Belfast; graduated in Psychology at the City of London Polytechnic in 1975; worked with mentally disturbed children and as a houseparent in Berkshire; travelled across Europe for a year before returning to Northern Ireland in 1981 to work with mentally handicapped adults in East Belfast; studied youth and community work at the University of Ulster; took part in a pilot project in community development in West Belfast’s Suffolk estate in 1986 followed by similar projects in Milltown, Knockmore, Roden Street and Ballybeen; completed a Master’s degree in computer science at Queen’s University, Belfast and became, briefly, a freelance trainer in communication and negotiation skills; employed as full-time project worker with the Belfast Interface Project (BIP) since its inception in August 1995 (later director), facilitating the transition to an independent, democratic and accountable membership-based organisation in 2000; founding chair of ICR; currently Project Director of Forthspring Inter Community Group in West Belfast, possibly the oldest of a handful of shared spaces situated at an interface in Belfast and dedicated to providing much-needed local services, building cross-community relationships and supporting local empowerment through a community development approach.
James has been working in the Community and Voluntary (3rd Sector) for 8 years and has significant experience in the development and delivery of projects and services in the LGBT and Child Protection sectors. He currently works as an assistant team manager with the NSPCC and is a trustee of Parenting NI and NEXUS NI and has been a trustee of the University of Ulster Student’s Union (UUSU) and Cara-Friend. He is a trained teacher and a graduate in modern history and has spent time working in the LGBT sector before beginning to work with ICR as an associate focusing mainly on hate crime and conflict transformation. He is passionate, determined and forward thinking and always up for a challenge.
Felicity Huston is a tax consultant and accountant based in Belfast. She specialises in representing clients who are subject to HMRC investigation. Brought up in Portadown and Belfast she has held a wide variety of roles in public life including Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland, Commissioner for the House of Lords Appointments Commission, founding director of Mutual Energy LTD, Treasurer of Belfast Charitable Society – Clifton House. Felicity has experience of appointment and selection at senior level including selection of QCs both in Northern Ireland and GB, and of senior judiciary in Northern Ireland. She is a regular contributor to both radio and TV here and nationally. Felicity has a particular interest in animal welfare carrying out pro-bono work for several animal welfare charities.