Northern Ireland National Advisory Board

Creative Skillset's work in Northern Ireland is guided by the Northern Ireland National Advisory Board with membership drawn from leading employers as well representatives from unions, trade associations, further and higher education and public agencies including Northern Ireland Screen.

The board is Creative Skillset's formal advisory committee in Northern Ireland, convened jointly with Northern Ireland Screen. 

The advisory board provides us with a critically strategic level of direct industry influence and guidance, ensuring engagement with industry at a local level. The members of this board are committed to driving forward the skills agenda and continue to support aspirations in delivering improved levels of productivity and competitiveness.


Dermot Lavery, NI Pact representative & MD of Doubleband Films (Chair)

Mairéad Regan, Group HR Director, UTV plc

Dr. Colm Murphy, Head of the School of Film, Media & Journalism, University of Ulster

Richard Williams, Chief Executive, NI Screen (Dep. Andrew Reid)

Steve Carson, Head of BBC NI Productions

Colin Williams, MD, Sixteen South

Jane Kelly, Joint MD, Big Mountain Productions

Russell Moore, Managing Director, Levy McCallum Advertising

Walter Reid, Human Resources Manager, Douglas and Grahame Ltd.

Michelle Bell, Skills and Industry Division, DELNI (Dep. Chris McConkey)

Shane McBreen (Sean Og Mac Braoin), Chair, Media Ireland

Willis McBriar, BECTU

Ryan Adams, Facilitator, Digital Circle

Matt Johnston, Digital Circle

Cahal McLaughlin, Professor of Film, QUB (Dep. Declan Keeney)

Peter McVerry, Head of U105

Tracey Walsh, Head of Team, TV, Film & Digital Media, Invest NI

Will Barr, Billygoat Entertainment

Mark Gordon, Generator NI


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