Our people on board

Meet some of our employees who are sitting on the boards of charity organisations through the NIE Networks' on Board programme.

Senga McEvoy, Business Communications Manager at NIE Networks is on board with Damask, a community outreach charity based in Lisburn.

What is Damask?
It’s a community outreach charity which supports older people, parents, carers and young people. It provides advice for those experiencing health, social and financial problems. Through NIE Networks on Board I became one of its directors.
Why did you sign up for the scheme?
I’d never been on a board before but as Damask is local to me and sounded interesting, I thought I’d give it a go and I’m delighted that I did. It’s been a great way to give back to the local community and I find that I’m using lots of the skills I use every day at NIE Networks but applying them to a totally different situation. For example developing risk assessments and helping with budgets.
What do you feel you bring to Damask?
Many of the other directors are involved with the everyday running of the charity. I’m totally independent so I’m a good sounding board for ideas and can provide some good business advice – most of which has been tried and tested in a much bigger organisation.

Donal Kennedy, Reporting Accountant at NIE Networks, is on board with Clubs for Young People.

What do ‘Clubs for Young People' do?
Clubs for Young People (CYP) is a voluntary youth headquarter organisation that works to support and represent a membership of over 150 youth clubs and youth organizations’ across Northern Ireland. 

What is your position on the board?
I'm the treasurer.

Why did you get involved in the 'NIE Networks on Board' programme?
When I heard about this programme I jumped at the opportunity.  CYP was a charity that I was interested in because they have a strong sporting ethos and as I play gaa and football I felt I could really get involved and become passionate about the great work they do.  

On a daily basis my job is quite office bound and I work on management accounts. I feel joining a board has helped expand my knowledge, I’ve learnt more about board structures and also how to look at accounts from a wider strategic perspective.

What do you feel you bring to Clubs for Young People?
I hope I’ve brought some accounting knowledge to the board. I've only been on the board for a few months so it's still early days but I’ve really enjoyed it so far.


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