National Lottery Community Fund NI Committee Members Announcement
The National Lottery Community Fund has appointed two new members to the Northern Ireland Board, who will help make decisions about investing funds to support communities and improve people’s lives.
Announcing the nominations, Paul Sweeney, Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund NI Committee, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Anne-Marie McClure and Norman McKinley to our NI committee at this difficult time for local communities. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable in making decisions about how best to support local people, reaching those who need it most.
Welcoming the nominations, Blondel Cluff CBE, Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund, said:
“We look forward to working closely with Anne-Marie and Norman during this very important time for communities in Northern Ireland and the UK. I am confident that we will benefit from the skills and knowledge they bring.
Anne-Marie and Norman join the Northern Ireland Committee as the Fund continues to engage with communities to better understand how National Lottery funding will be developed and delivered to support people and communities across the Kingdom -United.
National Lottery players raise over £30million every week for good causes across the UK. Over the past 12 months they have distributed almost £600m to 12,500 organizations reaching all local authorities and constituencies across the UK.
Anne-Marie McClure has worked and volunteered in the community and voluntary sector for the past 29 years and is stepping down as Executive Director of Start360, a regional provider of support services for youth, at-risk adults and their families in Northern Ireland.
Anne-Marie has many years of experience on various boards and forums including the Northern Ireland Joint Forum and NIADA (Northern Ireland Alcohol & Drugs Alliance). She is chair of CO3, the third sector leadership organisation, and was publicly appointed to the Youth Council of Northern Ireland (YCNI) until 2019.
Commenting on her new role, Anne-Marie McClure (top photo) said:
“I am privileged to have the opportunity to continue to facilitate positive change within communities as a member of the NI committee. I want to see more opportunities for active participation for the people and communities we are here to support and serve. They are the ones who know what is needed and, just as important, the actions needed to effect change.
“Our communities are going through very difficult times. The need will be all the greater as the impact of the financing of the National Lottery will have to be all the more felt. I am committed to working with and supporting the NI Committee and staff team to build on the successes of our grantmaking to date while ensuring that Fund support is provided where it is most needed. necessary.
Norman McKinley spent his professional career as a senior manager in the voluntary sector across the UK and was Executive Director of UK Operations for the British Red Cross for six years before retiring at the end of 2021. Norman is also a volunteer. member of the Independent Supervisory Board of Hydebank Wood Prison and an active volunteer with the South Belfast Foodbank.
Reflecting on his appointment, Norman McKinley said:
“Having seen the sector collaborate so successfully to respond to COVID-19, there is great potential to tap into and build upon in building local resilience.
“I have seen firsthand the significant impact the Fund has had both nationally and locally in improving the lives of vulnerable people and am pleased to be able to support the important work of the NI Committee at such a critical time. for the NI Voluntary Sector.
The National Lottery Community Fund NI Committee has six members and is responsible for strategy, policy, planning and program management in Northern Ireland within an overall strategic and financial framework determined by the UK Board.
Anne-Marie and Norman will take up their new duties on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.