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.

Sinéad McSweeney

Former Global Head of Public Policy, Twitter

Rosalind Skillen

Climate Activist and Columnist

Andrew McCormick

Retired Northern Ireland Civil Service Permanent Secretary

Jarlath Kearney

Strategy Advisor and Media Contributor

Judith Gillespie

Former Deputy Chief Constable, PSNI

Sarah Creighton

Housing Advisor and Lawyer

Simon Hamilton

Chief Executive at Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce

Lisa Faulkner Byrne

Project Co–ordinator, EPIC

Deputy Chair, Intercomm Ireland

Jessica Caldwell

Outreach Coordinator at Kainos

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

Interim Chair.
Advisor, Consultant and Director.

Richard Good

Public policy consultant

Former Special Adviser to the Minister of Justice for Northern Ireland

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

Seamus McAleavey

Former Chief Executive, NICVA

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

David Phinnemore

Dean of Education, Queen’s University, Belfast

Professor of European Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Trevor Ringland

Partner, Macaulay & Ritchie Solicitors

Former British & Irish Lion; former Irish rugby international

Alan Whysall

Honorary Senior Research Associate, Constitution Unit, University College London

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