Staff

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The Youth Forum has a highly skilled and dedicated staff team.

We are passionate about the work that we do and believe young people should be invested in.

Chris QuinnChris Quinn
Director

t: 028 9033 1990
m: 077 7173 8607e: chris.quinn@niyf.org

I’ve worked in youth and community work for over 25 years – starting my professional life working for the Star Neighbourhood centre in the New Lodge, North Belfast.

It was there where I learnt so much about community work; social justice and participative democracy; and through ‘the star’ I got so many amazing experiences.

I’ve been really lucky to work for some amazing organisations since then – moving to the Bytes project and then to Belfast City Council. Soon after doing my Masters in Community Youth Work, specialising in Youth Participation in Decision Making at the University of Ulster, the job at NIYF came up.

In many ways this is the dream job – and possibly the best in the world – supporting young people to effect positive change and reporting to a management committee of so many inspiring young people is very special indeed.

I really enjoy my work engaging with politicians and policy makers. I’m very proud to have spent over a decade at NIYF helping the organisation grow and develop.

At NIYF we are passionate about fighting for young people’s rights and believe that young people can be the change that society needs.

Phil Glennon

Head of Operations

t: 028 9033 1990

e: PhilipG@niyf.org

I saw the opportunity to join NIYF in Jan 2012 as Participation Development Worker and dived right at it.  Having opportunities to work very closely with young people so they can fight for their rights, through meaningful platforms so their voices can be heard loud and clear as well as acting as an advocating on their behalf, is something that has always run through my veins.   Over the years I have been lucky to have the opportunity to lead on number of programmes/projects in the Forum including national and international opportunities.  My current role is NIYF Head of Operations so I have the opportunity to work very closely with our Director on our portfolio of projects / programmes, manage an amazing staff team of professional youth workers and get to see all their hard work and commitment flourish which has grown considerably in the last few years.  The majority of my time is spent with my family.  I’m married to my amazing wife Orliath and have 2 beautiful daughters Luisne and Caragh and of course our dog from the North Pole Lucy Paws.  When I get the chance, I love a game of golf, devoted Liverpool supporter and travelling as much as possible.  I can be known for putting on a few old skool tunes in the office when I need to get the head down!!

 Natalie Corbett 

Participation Development Worker 

t: 07528792535

e: natalie.corbett@niyf.org

Hi, Im Natalie, I’m 32 years old and from Newtownabbey. I have been a member of the team from July 2015. My work at NIYF involves working with young people from all over the region to ensure their voices are heard! The best thing about my job is getting to meet so many amazing young people.


Louisa Ward

Participation Development Worker

07591206575

louisa.ward@niyf.org

Team Leader responsibility for Amplify

Louisa loves her wee dog Cagney and enjoys watching crime dramas and going to see plays. Louisa is partial to a wee diet coke and is proud of her North Belfast roots. Louisa has been in post since July 2016.

Amanda Stewart

Participation Development Worker

Amanda.stewart@niyf.org

07771738607

I’ve had the privilege of working with young people for many years now and I’m really passionate about making sure that all young people have the opportunity to have their voice heard and be involved in decisions that may affect their lives. I’m  also mummy to three amazing boys  (but I still don’t quite understand the offside rule) In my spare time I like to run (a wee bit) and do yoga. Oh and I love food… a LOT. In NIYF my work focuses mainly on housing, homelessness and mental health issues.

Sean Conlon

Relentless Youth Worker on the Fight To Unite Project

07841014180

Sean.conlon@niyf.org

I am employed to work on Fight To Unite which fuses MMA and Youth Work, but I enjoy working on various other campaigns such as Votes at 16 and NI Youth Assembly. Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with family and playing guitar. I also play in a two piece band called ‘Run For Cover.’

Piarais McCaffery

Relentless Youth Worker

07841014209

Piarais.mccaffery@niyf.org

Hi I’m Piarais and I work on the Amplify programme and currently working in the Antrim Area.  I am a keen member of the GAA and enjoy playing Gaelic, Hurling and Handball.  I do tell a good joke as well!! P.S I only wear a suit when Clark Kent is off duty.

Marty Kelly

Relentless Youth Worker – REAL Project

07841014177

Martin.kelly@niyf.org

Marty Kelly I am employed with Northern Ireland Youth Forum, working one-to-one with young people at risk. I am heavily involved in GAA coaching and managing teams from under 6 to 16, and love listening to music especially Sean and his group Run for Cover.

Jack Corr

MMA Coach

07504261432

jack.corr@niyf.org

I work on Fight to unite, alongside Sean, as an MMA coach. I joined the Youth Forum in June 2017 but have been training and teaching Karate long before and I’m now a 3rd Dan Black belt. In MMA I have competed in 3 European Championships and 1 World Championship, winning a Bronze medal in the last Europeans. I currently study Business Economics with Marketing at Ulster University.

Ian Donald

Relentless Youth Worker

07841014210

ian.donald@niyf.org

I am currently employed to deliver the Capacity Building and Youth Leadership Program to young people living in the Ards and North Down Borough Council Area. Outside of work most of my time is spent being married and a dad to two daughters, and when I can  I’m walking the dog, riding my motorbike, fishing from my canoe, watching the football and gaming in VR.

Heidi Johnston

Relentless Youth Worker – Amplify

07841014211

Heidi.johnston@niyf.org

I am a youth worker from Ballymena. I have been working as a Full-time Youth Worker for the last 20 Years for the Education Authority within the Ballymena Area, but in January 2018 I was successful in a Full-time Post with The Northern Ireland Youth Forum working on the Amplify Project for 4 Years.

My passion for Youth Work stems from the ability to enable Young People to develop holitistically, working with them to facilitate their Personal, Social and Educational Development, to enable them to develop their voice, influence and reach their full potential.

Cormac O’Neill

Relentless Youth Worker

07841014206

cormac.oneill@niyf.org

I grew up in West Belfast and still live there today. I play football for a local team. And I have a head like a hard-boiled egg!

Conchuir MacSiacais

Relentless Youth Worker

07718481717

conchuir.macsiacais@niyf.org

I am a youth worker from the Upper Springfield area of west Belfast. I have been working as a full time youth worker for the past 6 years but my roots in youth work date back to 2005 where for 5 years I worked as a ‘ceannáire’ (leader) in Dunlewey Gaeltacht, county Donegal. I am very passionate about education and the rights of young people which is why I chose youth work as my profession! ‘Mól an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí’

Louise Dolan

Relentless Youth Worker

07395791534

Louise.dolan@niyf.org

Hi, my name is Louise. I have worked for NIYF on a casual basis since 2012 and I have recently been employed on a full-time basis to work on the RCP and Network for Youth projects. Outside of work I enjoy socialising and travelling as much as possible.


 Heather Kennedy

Office Manager

02890 331990

heather.mccrory@niyf.org

I’ve been employed with NIYF since May 2012 looking after all things finance, admin and HR. In work I’m (in)famous for singing one line, and only one line, of whatever song is on the radio. Outside of work I’m kept very busy running the social calendar of 3 year old.

Glen Phillips

Finance & Admin Officer

028 9033 1990

glen.phillips@niyf.org

Glen joined NIYF in 2018. He has worked for various community and voluntary sector groups in both a paid and voluntary capacity over the past twenty years.