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.
Katy Hayward is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in Queen’s University Belfast. She holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from UU Magee and a PhD from University College Dublin. Her teaching and research use political sociology to explore key issues of conflict and change on the island of Ireland. Notable publications include Nationalism, Territory, and Organized Violence (with Niall Ó Dochartaigh, 2013), Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution (with Catherine O’Donnell, 2011), and Making and Breaking Ireland (with Elizabeth Meehan and Niall Ó Dochartaigh, 2016). Katy is particularly committed to fostering meaningful engagement and partnerships between universities and NGOs in the field of conflict transformation.
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.
Martin Mooney is a writer and consultant. Since founding Adventures in Strategy, his independent consultancy service, in late 2015, Martin has undertaken projects in the arts and education sectors across the North. Prior to that he worked in policy, legislation and business consultancy roles within the Northern Ireland civil service. Martin lives with his partner in East Antrim.