Francis Martin is the Chairman of the Board of Governors. He was delighted to join the Board in 2007, following 6 years as a member of the Board of Governors of Wellington College. Francis is Managing Partner of BDO Stoy Hayward, one of NI’s leading accountancy firms and specialises primarily in the area of Corporate Finance. Francis is a keen supporter of integrated education. He enjoys travelling and socialising with friends and family.
Vincent Cafolla has been a Governor since 2011 and currently serves on the education committee. Having graduated in Construction Management, Vincent worked for 2 years, as a full time volunteer with the Corrymeela Community in Ballycastle, before moving to the USA to take up a post with an architectural practice. Following this he was employed as the Property and Facilities Manager for a school and residential community for Children and Adults living with Autism. Since moving back to Belfast in 1986, Vincent has worked as the Property and Facilities Manager for Barnardo’s NI. He is committed to the Integrated Schools movement and his youngest daughter Áine, is currently in Year 14. His interests include politics, gardening, DIY and Irish Art.
Georgie Campbell recently retired from her role as Head of Governance at the Northern Ireland Assembly where she has worked since 1998 and has for many years been engaged in voluntary work aimed at providing training and support for people with learning disabilities. She also helps children at her local primary school with their reading. In her spare time Georgie enjoys local history, socialising, reading and cooking. Georgie is very supportive of integrated education and is a member of the Finance Committee.
Siobhan Casey is a member of The Lagan Board of Directors and the Finance committee for the past 3 years. As Director of Marketing & Business Development with Age NI she is responsible for the brand, income generation. IT and administration functions of the charity. Before joining Age NI, Siobhan worked with hundreds of small and large businesses across the island of Ireland as business coach and trainer for ten years and previously was the Director of Corporate Communications at Fruit of the Loom International.
Maureen is a parent governor on the Board of Governors, her eldest son is a past pupil of Lagan College, her youngest son Rory is currently in Year 9 and she has been a dedicated member of the Parent’s Council for many years. She took early retirement from the civil service where she performed various roles including recruitment, and is currently studying a degree in Mathematics through the Open University. As an ambassador with Meningitis Research Foundation she is involved in fund raising and provides information to the local community and media when required.
Mrs Evans is a Teacher Representative on the Board of Governors. She has taught in Lagan for 30 years, beginning as a Home Economics teacher before going into Careers to become Work Experience Coordinator, Industry Education Link and finally Head of Careers. She has been on the Senior Leadership Team in charge of CEIAG in the College. Marie has a varied experience in education which has provided insight into the challenges facing teachers in education and the needs that must be addressed to ensure the best possible outcomes for our young people.
Simon Hare is Head of Year 11 and a teacher of Religious Education. He is committed to integrated education and both his children attend Lagan College. Simon joined Lagan College in 2001 after working in schools in England, Ireland and America. He is a keen supporter of Hull City Football Club, who he hopes will get promoted to the Premiership again soon.
Paul Herink was appointed to the Board of Governors as a parent governor and is a member of the Education Committee. Mr Herink’s three children currently attend the College. and he is a strong believer in integrated education. Mr Herink works at the Labour Relations Agency in Belfast and is a former Director of Information Services at Citizens Advice Northern Ireland. In his free time, Mr Herink enjoys participating in sport including being both an accredited football coach and IFA referee.
Graeme Kane has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2007. Graeme is a Finance Director with Punjana Tea, a chartered accountant with experience in both public practice and industry. Graeme has always been involved in training, education and development and applies this experience to his school governor role. He enjoys fitness training, reading (especially History) and is an avid follower of Ulster rugby and Leeds United.
Stephen Moore works in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive leading a team in the delivery of both works and services procurement. Previously Stephen worked delivering good governance projects with public bodies across the EU and accession countries, mostly in post conflict societies. He enjoys watching Ulster rugby and getting out at the weekend for a cycle, although three young children keep him busy most weekends.
Sheina is a parent of former pupils Eilidh and Colm and of current Year 14 pupil Ronan. This is her third term, having served two as a parent governor, she is now on the board as a Directors’ governor. She is committed to integrated education and the all ability aspect of Lagan and particularly to it welcoming pupils of no faith and those from a range of backgrounds and beliefs. She is employed by Belfast Trust as a social worker trainer and educator and on a part-time basis with Queens University.
Member of the Finance Committee. Mr Savage’s daughter is a past pupil of Lagan College. Mr Savage is employed at Ulster Supported Employment Limited who are the largest provider of supported employment for people with disabilities. Term Expires – 2016.
Adam Turkington was appointed to the Board of Governors as a parent governor and is a member of the Finance Committee. Mr Turkington is a curator and events manager who specialises in festivals. He works freelance under the name of Seedhead Arts with his partner, Ali Fell. Mr Turkington is passionate about building shared space where different beliefs, ideas and cultures can co-exist and draw strength from each other. He also works in informal education projects and is really interested in preparing for non-traditional careers and providing people with the skills to become self-employed, something he wishes he had done so sooner.
Patricia Woods is parent of Matthew (year 14) and Erin (Year 11) and has been appointed to the Board of Governors of Lagan College as a parent governor. She is a keen supporter of integrated education and has also been Chair of the college’s Parents’ Council. Patricia has over twenty years account management experience in private industry with a particular interest in marketing. Any spare time is spent socialising with family and friends and reading a wide variety of books.