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Steve Pollard

Steve Pollard is a Lecturer in Management Development with The Business Institute, Ulster University Business School. He is Course Director for Social Entrepreneurship and for Civic Leadership & Community Planning. An experienced Non-Executive Director and Business Adviser, Steve has held senior roles in the public, private and third sectors. This includes experience in vocational education and training in the further education sector as well as running privately held training organisations.

Steve has a long standing interest in community economic development with a particular focus on enterprise and skills. Steve is also a Board Member South Eastern Regional College and Arts & Disability Forum. Previously held related Non-Executive Director roles include Belfast Harbour Commission, Ulster Community Investment Trust, East Belfast Business Initiative, Action Mental Health, Enterprise NI and Prospects Ltd.

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Darryl Petticrew

Darryl is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and Board member of Sport NI. He says he is driven by a willingness to ‘get things done’ and a belief that we must be impatient for progress in order to develop creative solutions.

His previous positions at Ulster Rugby saw him managing funds and investment strategies as well as a variety of projects including a cross sports strategy partnership and a community based gym initiative. Prior to that, Darryl spent 6 years at Peace Players International Northern Ireland where he was proud to have developed and implemented an innovative multi-sport project in partnership with Ulster Rugby, the Irish Football Association, and Ulster GAA.

Darryl holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Sports Studies from the University of Ulster where he is also currently studying to complete a Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Investment for the Third Sector. 


Paul Armstrong

After graduating from Ulster University with a BSc Housing Management Degree, Paul spent ten years within the social housing sector. After working for several housing associations, Paul joined the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations in 2015 where he supported housing associations in understanding how policies such as welfare reform impact upon tenants and their communities.

Recently Paul has left the social housing sector and has moved to the National Trust where he works in external affairs. This role includes supporting the National Trust to engage with local councils and play an active role in community planning.


Colm McDaid

Colm graduated from the University of Ulster, Magee with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Housing Management, and then went on to complete the Henley Certificate in Management and a M.Sc. in Social Administration & Policy. He joined Supporting Communities in 1994 and has since held various positions within the organisation including that of Liaison Officer and Area Manager.  

In 2014, Colm was appointed Chief Executive of Supporting Communities and has since been instrumental in driving the organisation forward through many changes including the development of a new governance model, a new Board of Management, a renewed staffing structure, revised Strategic and Business Plans, the establishment of a new customer base, and the creation of a new brand for the organisation.

Colm is also a Board member of Housing Rights and a member of both the Chartered Institute of Housing and CO3.