Our People

Pivotal’s Director is Ann Watt. Pivotal’s work is overseen by a Board of Trustees, with guidance from a Reference Group

Donal de Buitleir

Director General (Acting) IIEA

Roisin Brown

Works in public sector

Lisa Faulkner Byrne

Project Co–ordinator, EPIC

Jessica Caldwell

Programme Manager, Connect at Catalyst Inc

Eamonn Donaghy

Accountant & tax consultant

Marianne Elliott

Former Director, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool

Richard English

Pro–Vice–Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast

George Fergusson

Former UK diplomat

David Gavaghan

Former Chair, Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland

Neil Gibson

Chief Economist (Ireland), EY

Richard Good

Public policy consultant

Cathy Gormley Heenan

Pro–Vice–Chancellor, Ulster University

Leo Green

PhD researcher, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University

Eva Grosman

Director, Centre for Reconciliation and Peace Building

John Hunter

Former Permanent Secretary, Department of Finance

Will Haire

Former Permanent Secretary, Department for Social Development

Robert Hazell

Founder and former Director, Constitution Unit, University College London

Olwen Lyner

Chief Executive, NIACRO

Seamus McAleavey

Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

John McCallister

Former MLA, South Down

Fergal McFerran

Northern Ireland Client Account Manager, Stonewall UK

Angela McGowan

Director, Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland

Ann McGregor

Chief Executive, NI Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Brigid McManus

Former Secretary–General, Department of Education and Skills

Alison Millar

General Secretary, NIPSA

David Phinnemore

Dean of Education, Queen’s University, Belfast

Dawn Purvis

Former MLA, Belfast East

Trevor Ringland

Partner, Macaulay & Ritchie Solicitors

Alastair Ross

Former MLA, East Antrim

Suneil Sharma


Peter Sheridan

former Assistant Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland

Ann Watt


Alan Whysall

Honorary Senior Research Associate, Constitution Unit, University College London

Suzanne Wylie

Chief Executive, Belfast City Council