Pivotal

While Pivotal is independent, we are not isolated. We work hard to establish and maintain strong relationships with civic society, politicians, and policy–makers. We also seek to develop partnerships with other organisations, including universities and think tanks elsewhere in the UK, Ireland and beyond.

Our reference group helps us by maintaining a broad network of contacts and inputs from across our society. Its remit is to provide advice and ideas in relation to the organisation’s current and future research and communication strategies, helping us to ensure that we are achieving our aims.

Donal de Buitleir

Director General (Acting) IIEA

Roisin Brown

Works in public sector; Vice Curator Global Shapers Belfast Hub.

Lisa Faulkner Byrne

Project Co–ordinator, EPIC; Deputy Chair, Intercomm Ireland

Jessica Caldwell

Programme Manager, Connect at Catalyst Inc; World Economic Forum Global Shaper

Eamonn Donaghy

Accountant & tax consultant; former spokesperson, Grow Northern Ireland

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; Former Special Adviser to the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland

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

Will Haire

Former Permanent Secretary, Department for Social Development

Robert Hazell

Founder and former Director, Constitution Unit, University College London

John Hunter

Former Permanent Secretary, Department of Finance; Pro–Chancellor, Ulster University

Olwen Lyner

Chief Executive, NIACRO; Board member, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

Seamus McAleavey

Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action

John McCallister

Former MLA, South Down; Former Deputy Leader, Ulster Unionist Party

Fergal McFerran

Northern Ireland Client Account Manager, Stonewall UK; President, Queen’s University Graduates Association

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; Vice–Chair, Northern Ireland Committee, ICTU

David Phinnemore

Dean of Education, Queen’s University, Belfast; Professor of European Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Dawn Purvis

Former MLA, Belfast East; Board member, Community Foundation

Trevor Ringland

Partner, Macaulay & Ritchie Solicitors; Former British & Irish Lion; former Irish rugby international

Alastair Ross

Former MLA, East Antrim; Former Junior Minister, Executive Office

Suneil Sharma

Entrepreneur; Owner, Varsity Estates Group; former member, Policing Board; former member, Commission for Racial Equality NI; trustee, RAM Foundation

Peter Sheridan

former Assistant Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland; Chief Executive, Cooperation Ireland

Alan Whysall

Honorary Senior Research Associate, Constitution Unit, University College London

Suzanne Wylie

Chief Executive, Belfast City Council