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Angila Chada

Currently Executive Director of Springboard, Angila has extensive experience of working across and within disadvantaged communities developing capacity, building peace and promoting an appreciation of diversity.

Since 1992 she has led the creation of innovative learning programmes particularly for young people, which have led to exceptional personal, social and economic outcomes. Currently she sits on Belfast City Council's Good Relations Partnership and serves on the Board of Terra Nova Productions.

In 2011 Angila established the Raj Darshna Foundation underlining her long-term commitment to charitable giving and in 2013 became a Beacon Fellow following her award as a Philanthropy Advocate. Previously she served as a Charity Commissioner with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and School Governor for Belfast Royal Academy.

Garrett O'Hare

Garrett O'Hare is  Commercial Manager of the Parker Green Group responsible for the delivery of the group’s commercial objectives across a wide range of property development, investment and property management projects in the UK, Ireland, and Central Europe. Garrett completed his undergraduate studies in Communications, Advertising and Marketing, and graduated with an MBA and Post-graduate diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Ulster Business School in 2015. In addition, Garrett is a former Business Mentoring Consultant for Derry City Council's Business Opportunities Programme and is a former member of The Ireland Funds Young Leaders. In 2009, Garrett was shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 2012 he was a runner up in the UTV Business Eye Awards, Young Business Personality of the Year category.

Gary Mills

Gary Mills is the Interim Chairman of the organisation. Gary is a former senior retail banker, now semi-retired, who has been working in financial services for over 35 years. He has extensive experience in public service especially in consumer affairs and the arts. As a former Chairman of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland he was one of the individuals responsible for developing the concept and formation of Giving Northern Ireland – a new charity designed to increase philanthropic giving in all its forms. Among other interests he is a member of the Ireland Committee of the Washington Ireland Program.

Gavin Lonergan

Gavin Lonergan is the director of the Adsum Foundation, a charitable foundation based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He holds a degree in Business and Languages from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism.  A former journalist, Gavin set up his family’s charitable foundation in 2008 and has been the director ever since. The bulk of the foundation’s work is international and it focuses on education and micro-finance projects, lately specialising in Madagascar. Gavin and the foundation have worked with many charity organisations large and small, and currently use the foundation’s resources to lever money from individuals and companies matching funds to assist their charity partners in the developing world.

Ian Huddleston

Ian Huddleston is a Partner in the firm of Pinsent Masons and leads the Real Estate and Private Wealth Group in Northern Ireland. He advises in relation to all aspects of real estate and private wealth law for a large variety of clients ranging from local to national players and also a wide range of property, taxation, trust and charity issues. Ian has been named as a 'leader in the field' in the top tier in Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession for consecutive years, which describes him as a 'pragmatic lawyer who is great at keeping on top of loose ends and getting a deal across the finishing line'. Ian is a specialist adviser to high net worth individuals and again is cited by Chambers as a top tier leader in his field in this area of trusts, wealth structuring, charities and philanthropy. Ian is a Council Member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, a member of the Council of Legal Education and a member of the Law Commission Land Reform Working Group.

Peter Lunn MBE

Peter Lunn is executive chairman of Lunn's the jewellers where his children, the third generation are now actively involved in running this family business. Peter is a former President of the Belfast Chamber of Trade.

Peter joined Joe Hyland, the driving force behind the local charity 'SOS Bus' as a founding director and also created some years ago the Lunn's Charitable Trust.

Peter Lunn was appointed a Trustee of Linfield Football Club in 1985 and is currently President of the club. He is also an elder of Fisherwick Presbyterian Church.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2016, Peter was awarded an MBE for services to charity, Commerce and Sport.

Sam Goldblatt OBE

Sam Goldblatt founded Goldblatt McGuigan in 1978. Sam leads the Audit and Accounting Team and is personally responsible for the servicing of a portfolio of key clients. He has a BSc in Economics from the QUB and is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He is a Past Chairman of The Ulster Society of Chartered Accountants - 1992 /93 and is Chairman of The Lord's Taverners NI Region - cricket's official charity and a major fundraiser for young people, particularly those with special needs.

Tony Reynolds OBE

Tony Reynolds has spent most of his working career with Gilbert Ash, serving as Chief Executive from 1988-2003 and then in the non-executive position of Chairman. Tony has been involved in a range of professional and voluntary bodies and was awarded the OBE in 1998 for services to the construction industry, industrial relations and charitable organisations.