Norah Baillie

Norah has been connected with the WOMEN’STEC from the onset. She is one of the first women who went to Millfield TECH and did Bench Joinery and NVQ 1, 2 & 3 in Carpentry and Joinery.

Norah has remained as a board member of the WOMEN’STEC as she is committed to the ethos of the WOMEN’STEC and fully supports the work that is carried out. She is also Treasurer of Windsor Women’s Centre and has been a board member for the last 12 years.

Michael Potter

Michael has a background in research, including as Policy and Research Officer for the Training for Women Network (TWN) in Belfast and Policy and Research Worker for the South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP) in Dungannon. 

He has carried out research on the horizontal segregation of the workforce by gender, previously co-ordinating research for the Women into Non-Traditional Sectors (WINS) project with Belfast City Council and guest lecturing on a Gender and Work module at Queen’s University Belfast, and has been involved in lobbying campaigns on gender issues.  Michael joined the Board of WOMEN’STEC in 2008.

Sylvia Gordon

Sylvia began working for Groundwork NI in 2001 as Development Manager, was promoted to the post of Assistant Director, Development in 2003 and became Director in May 2008.  Prior to Groundwork NI, Sylvia worked for NICVA and Supporting Communities NI.
Sylvia has extensive experience of building partnerships and developing relationships with local communities and working in collaboration with the public and private sectors.

  Her vision for Groundwork NI is of an organisation that builds active citizenship, encouraging people into the process by giving them the skills and confidence to engage fully with the decisions that affect their lives.As Director, Sylvia is responsible for managing and growing the strategic policy and development path of Groundwork NI. She is tasked with securing the long-term sustainability of the organisation, maintaining its position as a leading not-for-profit organisation, delivering community cohesion through regeneration and peace building.

Roseann Kelly

Roseann Kelly is CEO of Women in Business NI. It is the largest and fastest growing business network for female entrepreneurs and senior business leaders in Northern Ireland with over 1000 members spread throughout all industry sectors. Roseann joined Women in Business NI soon after the organisation was formed in 2002. Her role as Chief Executive has evolved as she held the roles of Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Company Secretary during her time as a Voluntary Director.

Roseann sits on Minister Farry’s Expert Panel for the Review of Apprenticeships and on the Youth Training Review Panel, is a Committee Member of the Women’s Fund for NI and a Member of the Advisory Board of the SME Development Institute at the University of Ulster. In 2012 she won the Services to Enterprise Award with Young Enterprise, the Belfast Business TOP 50 in 2011 and was a participant on the Irish institute Boston College ‘Women in the Workplace’ Programme.

Lorna Hermin

Lorna has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years since starting work in Kainos as a graduate Software Engineer in 2000. She is now a Principal Architect with Kainos and works with Central Government customers in the UK such as DVLA to transform their digital services for citizens.

Lorna is also involved in youth work with Girlguiding UK and has merged this interest with her love of technology by founding TechAdventure with the support of Kainos which aims to provide camps and activities to introduce Guides to coding and technology.

Nuala Griffiths

Nuala is a Development Officer within the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) Buy Social unit overseeing construction projects in NI. Prior to joining SIB, Nuala worked as Community Benefit’s Manager for a large construction company. Her role with SIB is assisting public bodies to design, implement and monitor social consideration clauses included in public contracts, stakeholder engagement training and working with contractors who are working with a Buy Social target. During her time in SIB, Nuala has seen the approval of Buy Social by the NI Procurement Board, meaning that the Buy Social model is now mandatory in public sector contracts in Northern Ireland over certain thresholds.

She is also a board member of WOMEN’STEC, an organisation specialising in the delivery of skills training and the promotion of opportunities in sectors and careers where women are typically under-represented, and serves on the leadership committee of Women in Enterprise.

Nicola McCrudden

Nicola is a Senior Associate with Campbell Tickell Management Consultancy. Prior to this, she held the position of Director at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) with responsibility for budgets, strategy and business development in NI and ROI (2014-2018). Before this, she led the policy and communications functions at Housing Rights.

Nicola has significant experience in organisational leadership, strategic planning and performance management and has led teams and programmes across sites.  As CIH Director, she reported to a NI Board and was involved in governance reviews and organisational restructuring. During her time at Housing Rights she was part of a senior management team that achieved Investors in People (IIP) Gold and EFQM quality mark.

As well as being a non-Executive Director of Women’sTec, Nicola is also on the Board of the Welcome Organisation.