Lynn Carvill
Chief Executive

Lynn Carvill joined WOMEN’STEC as CEO in late February 2014.  Prior to this she was a Lobbyist with Women’s Resource and Development Agency where she worked to bring a gendered perspective to political discussions and decision-making.  In 2010 she secured resources from OFMDFM to undertake research into the impact of the financial downturn on women in Northern Ireland, resulting in the groundbreaking report, written by Bronagh Hinds – ‘The Northern Ireland Economy: Women on the Edge?’. In her earlier career, Lynn was Regional Co-ordinator of Organisation of the Unemployed NI – a network of unemployed centres and groups that worked to bring the views of unemployed people to bear on the policy decisions that affect them.

 

Patricia Fleming
Project Manager

Patricia has been working at WOMEN’STEC since 2000 and has worked on a wide variety of projects working with young women, diversity groups and managing Peace and Reconciliation projects.  She is presently involved in the day to day management of the SPEC project. This involves co-ordinating training programmes and organising aspects of programme delivery including recruitment, timetables, identifying and sourcing appropriate facilitators and tutors, liaising with other groups and organisations to increase training and services to our students. Patricia is Safeguarding Officer and an OCN(NI) internal verifier and standardisation officer for WOMEN’STEC.  She represents WOMEN’STEC at the Greater North Belfast Women’s Forum.

 

Lisa McCann
Finance & Admin Manager

Lisa is Finance & Administration Manager at WOMEN’STEC.  Lisa joined the organisation in 2014 having previously had ten years’ experience working in community based organisations and has experience of dealing with the financial challenges faced by the third sector.  She provides financial support and advice to the chief executive and finance committee of the organisation.  Lisa also looks after the facilities function of WOMENS’TEC and is the point of contact for individuals and organisations wishing to avail of room hire services. Lisa has a husband and three children. In the little time she has to herself, she likes to go out running and enjoys cooking.

 

Louise Anson
Workshop Manager / Tutor

Louise joined WOMEN’STEC full-time in 2015. Prior to this, she worked with WOMEN’STEC for nine years teaching Joinery and Furniture-Making as a sessional tutor on a part-time basis.  Louise has over 26 years experience working in Joinery.  Prior to working at WOMEN’STEC she spent several years working on her great aunt’s farm and through this experience, and her great aunt’s belief in her, Louise decided to take up Joinery as a career. Louise is currently responsible for the day to day management of the WOMEN’STEC workshop space including equipment care, and health & safety. Louise teaches our Joinery courses.

 

Vilma Bisson
Quality Assurance & Monitoring Officer

Vilma joined WOMEN’STEC in 2015.  Previously she worked at the Women’s Resource and Development Agency as Research Officer where she was responsible for undertaking research and writing a range of gendered policy responses and briefing papers as well as working on a Peace and Reconciliation project.  As Quality Assurance and Monitoring Officer with WOMEN’STEC, Vilma is responsible for data collection and analysis across WOMEN’STEC projects and courses including the Supporting People Empowering Communities (SPEC) project.

 

 

Kelli Johnston
Communications Officer

Kelli  joined WOMEN’STEC in February 2016.  Previously she worked at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council as Marketing & Communications Officer, and has worked for charities including Belfast Hills Partnership and Prince’s Trust. She has experience of working in the private, public, community and voluntary sectors. She has a passion for horticulture and volunteers regularly in the community. As Communications Officer with WOMEN’STEC, Kelli is responsible for corporate communications.

 

 

Amanda Ferguson
Programmes Officer

Amanda joined WOMEN’STEC  in January 2016. Amanda started as a student with WOMEN’STEC completing an accredited ECDL computer course. She then took up a volunteering role with WOMEN’STEC for three months before the appointment of Administrative Officer. Amanda currently works part-time as Programmes Officer. Amanda is the first point of contact at WOMEN’STEC. Her job involves reception duties, liaising with students, dealing with enquiries, and helping to recruit and organise courses. She is Deputy Safeguarding Officer and an OCN(NI) Internal Verifier and Standardisation Officer for WOMEN’STEC.

 

 

Chloe McVey
Young Women’s Engagement Officer

Chloe  joined WOMEN’STEC in June 2017 and is currently our Young Women’s Engagement Officer.  Previously she volunteered for WOMEN’STEC within a communications role and then worked part-time as Administration Officer (Communications).  She has prior experience of working within the private sector and for charitable organisations including The Workers’ Educational Association and The Camphill Trust.  Chloe’s job at WOMEN’STEC involves engaging 16-24 year olds.
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Helen Kerr
Business Development Officer

Helen joined WOMEN’STEC in January 2018.  Previously, she spent seven years working as a management consultant to charities, community groups, sports clubs, government departments and local councils. Helen’s experience ranges from business and strategic planning and programme evaluations for charities and publicly funded projects, to feasibility studies, economic appraisals, and business planning for capital development projects. As Business Development Manager, Helen is responsible for identifying opportunities to develop and build new income streams.