is from the Waterside and has worked for the Peace & Reconciliation Group since 1990. Shirley has many years experience in administration and the processing of funds. Shirley also has an interest in community development issues and gives a considerable amount of her personal time to encouraging and developing community empowerment.
Catherine Cooke - is married with four daughters, lives in the Waterside area of Londonderry and has been a community activist in the City since 1987 following a bombing in her neighbourhood. Catherine is the co-ordinator of the Foyle Women's Information Network, which networks with all the local neighbourhood women’s groups in Derry City Council; both urban and rural. Catherine is a member of the following groups: Tullyally and District Development Group; Local Strategy Partnership; First Housing and support services; Women into Politics; Community convention development committee; Peace and Reconciliation Group; and NICVA - policy and advocacy group. Catherine was the instigator of the mobile phone network being set up in the City.
has been involved in full time community work since 1987. Since then he has become recognised as one of the leading trainers and facilitators in this field of work. He initiated the first ever Community Relations Action Learning Programmes in the early 90's and has designed Open College Network Programmes on exploring Diversity- Facilitating Community Relations Work; Group Work and Facilitation skills as well as Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills and Advanced Mediation Skills. He is committed to tackling sectarianism at every opportunity and is committed to building a peaceful society that is free of threat and violence.
Brian Dougherty - has a Masters degree in Town Planning and has been involved in the community and voluntary sector as a paid employee and volunteer for 17 years. For the past year and a half he has been Director of St Columbs Park House Centre for Reconciliation, and for ten years prior to that was development worker at Tullyally and District Development Group. For five and a half years he was an independent member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board and was the community and voluntary representative on the N.Ireland Civic Forum. He is also currently Chairperson of the Waterside Area Partnership and West Bank Initiative (Fountain), and sits on the committees of the Cathedral Youth Club and Bonds Street Community Association. Last year he was awarded an MBE for services to the community.
Conor Maskey - joined Intercomm in December 2000 as Training and Development co-ordinator. He is presently the co-ordinator of Intercomm’s Peace Building Programme and has responsibility for organising programme events, discussions and seminars for local people and community workers with the aim of providing a link with the ‘bigger picture’ of the peace process. In 1996 he was part of a three-person Irish delegation that went to the UN Headquarters in New York for a world youth conference at which he was chairperson. Conor has also taken part in ‘peace building’ and ‘leadership development’ programmes in Harvard University, Massachusetts (1998) and Columbia University, New York (2004). He has been a member of Sinn Fein for the last 4 years. Last year, he was co-opted to Belfast City Council, representing the Oldpark Ward of North Belfast.
Eamonn has worked in the youth sector in Belfast for many years, including working as project manager for the YEHA project which specifically targets young people and health issues.
Peace Building City Wide - Jon has been on the Management Committee
of PRG Derry for 30 years. He is a peace/activist/worker. He is a study programme coordinator
Peter Morrow - Alexander House Rota Group - Peter is a mature student studying for a BA Irish History/Politics at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus. He is a volunteer with Peace and Reconciliation Group and Alexander House Interface Rota Group. He is former Chairman of Bishop Street Youth Club and Bishop Street Community Development.
David Nicholl - Formerly Conflict Transformation Initiative - UDP and UPRG senior negotiator 1994-2007, including in the run up to the Good Friday Agreement. Political advisor to NIO, Department of Foreign Affairs and Irish President. Community worker; reintegration of ex prisoners; fund raiser and former member of Healing Through Remembering Dealing with the Past initiative. Former vice chair of Tullyally & District Development Group and secretary of Waterside Rural Policing Forum. Advisor to Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation and Palestinian Vision.
Pauline Ross - is the founder and Artistic Director of The Playhouse, a Community Arts Centre located on a neutral site in Derry/Londonderry. Apart from their Theatre Programme, their main departments are Community Arts Education/Training and Community Relations. Both these departments work within the North West Region of Northern Ireland and the border counties. Since its inception in 1992, The Playhouse has won many awards for its valuable community work and has built up a network of practicing artists who work around the globe in countries emerging from civil wars, genocides, and conflicts. They firmly believe that the arts have an important role to play in the current Peace Process, for the purposes of communication, understanding, creating empathy and healing. Pauline was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to the communities in Northern Ireland.
is 51 years old and grew up in Belfast at the height of the Troubles. After 10 years in construction business, he studied theology at Queens University Belfast and entered Presbyterian ministry where, among other posts and after ordination, he served in a church on loyalist Shankill Road in Belfast. After further six years in two churches in Portadown area he successfully applied for post as Director of Christian Community Development Project. He is now at the 174 Trust - in Nationalist/Republican area of North Belfast – where he has been for almost 10 years.
Jeanette Warke - is a Shared City Officer who works to bring together people from both communities in Derry/ Londonderry in an attempt to demonstrate that cultural differences can exist without being conflictive. Through many programmes and projects the Shared City Project provides a vital role building upon relationships rather than displacing them. Encouraging greater community participation to improve skills. This is achieved through community education programmes. The Shared City Project offers opportunities for betterment to many people in the majority of the many disadvantaged and deprived areas within Derry City Council wards. Shared City also supports victims many of whom have suffered from the effects of our recent conflict.
Robin Young - is a Police Officer based in the Derry/Londonderry for the past 21 years. Robin commenced community based policing in the Waterside area in 2002 and is currently responsible for the police community safety team for the city. Also included in this role are Youth Diversion, Citizenship and safety education, training, Minority Liaison, Neighbourhood watch and anti social behaviour. Other interests include reading fiction and non fiction, history, especially military history, sports including weight training, and swimming.