Aidan is a qualified Company Director, with an IOD Diploma in Company Direction and BSc Hons in
Advanced Management Practice. A digital data and informatics consultant, he has a strong
background in Governance, Compliance, Risk Management and Assurance, and is a qualified
Management of Risk practitioner.
Aidan brings a wealth of experience to the Boardroom stemming from 25 years of Director level
engagements across both the Public and Private Sectors in Healthcare,
Position: Relate NI Chair
Natalie is an experienced economic policy professional, specialising in bettering consumer welfare through improving competition and preventing anti-competitive activities. She has a particular interest in the betterment of consumer welfare in digital markets.
She currently works in Enforcement for the Competition and Markets Authority. Previously Natalie worked in the Utility Regulator covering monopoly and markets regulation, along with policy development in electricity.
Natalie also brings key commercial experience to the Boardroom having spent her formative professional years working in structured finance; providing debt finance and advice to large corporates in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Natalie completed a PG Dip in Economics for Competition law in 2018 at King’s College London, holds an LLB in Law with Economics and is a qualified project manager.
Position: Relate NI Vice-Chair
Alison is a problem solver by nature and a business improvement consultant by training and experience.
She has spent over 20 years delivering large scale transformation programmes within multi-national corporations.
She took this experience into the Department of Justice when she became non-political Special Advisor to Justice Minister -Claire Sugden in the last short lived Assembly mandate.
Alison is passionate about the societal importance of building and maintaining healthy relationships.
Bernie Kelly is the Development Manager for Northern Ireland with the Shared Lives Plus charity.
A social worker by profession, Bernie worked in a variety of settings in North and West Belfast Social Services including Family & Child Care, Mental Health and Physical & Sensory Disability.
In October 2007 Bernie was appointed as Service Manager for Physical & Sensory Disability in the newly amalgamated Belfast Health & Social Care Trust where she remained until November 2021.
Bernie was a Councillor in Belfast City Council from 2005 until 2015 and was Deputy Lord Mayor in 2007.
Bernie was appointed to the Board of the Local Government staff Commission in 2014
Brendan is a housing professional, employed as the Supported Housing Manager with the Clanmil Housing Group.
He specialises in the care and support of older people to live independently. Brendan is passionate about wellbeing and the role that good housing and other support services play in supporting people with their everyday lives.
Brendan took part in the Boardroom Apprentice in 2020 with Relate NI.
Dr. Felicity Lamrock
Dr. Felicity Lamrock is a Lecturer in Data Analytics at Queen’s University Belfast. She completed her PhD in Medical Statistics from Queen's University Belfast in 2016.
Felicity was previously a statistician at the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE) working with a team of pharmacists and clinicians on Health Technology Assessments to advise the Health Service Executive on the recommendation of new drug therapies in Ireland.
The Irish national authority, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) recently reviewed PrEP for populations at substantial risk of sexual acquisition of HIV, and Felicity represented the NCPE on the expert advisory group.
Felicity is also an Adjunct Researcher at the Institute for Public Health, Medical Decision Making and HTA at the University for Health Sciences Informatics and Technology (UMIT), Austria. She still remains a statistical advisor for the NCPE and is exploring how Northern Ireland could benefit from more decision modelling/pharmacoecononomic assessment.
Dr. Maria Pimentel-Mackle
was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada at a young age. In 2018, as an international student, she graduated from the Juris Doctorate in Law (Postgraduate Research) programme at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research explored the complex development of migration laws in the UK and its impact on migrant rights.
She was featured in an art installation and a book by local artist Susie Rea commissioned by the School of Law at Queen's for her work in founding the QUB Women In Law (Lean In Circle) and to celebrate the achievements of women working in the law across Northern Ireland.
She currently works as an Associate in Project Management with Factor Law and has over 8 years experience working in the legal sector. Maria
joined Relate NI from the Boardroom Apprentice
programme bringing her experience in key areas such as governance, diversity & inclusion, communication, managing public money, cyber awareness, and social media. Maria
is very passionate and motivated to help under-represented groups (young people, women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+) become more visible in leadership roles and have a voice in the boardrooms of public and third sector organisations in Northern Ireland.
Sarah Jane Mowbray
Sarah-Jane has been with incredABLE since November 2020, as Transformation Lead. Her role is to provide strategic direction and guidance and to lead incredABLE to achieve its organisational mission of providing meaningful opportunities for individuals with a learning disability and/or autism.
Prior to this, she was Head of Corporate Services at Usel for five years, where her remit was wide and varied, covering: Finance; HR; ICT; Marketing/Business Development; Quality and Policy. She also sits on the Board of the newly formed, Madlug Foundation.
She believes the third sector is a professional, passionate sector who have the knowledge, will and power to make substantial changes to the delivery of private and public sectors.
Vernon Fox joins the board of Relate NI, bringing over 20 years executive experience from organisations across EMEA and The Americas.
Vernon is a Lurgan, Co Armagh native and currently Managing Director - Europe for Digital Asset Delivery, an Australian software firm. A specialist in Strategy, Risk Management, Innovation, Operations Leadership and Outsourcing, Vernon brings multisector experience in ICT, Renewables, FMCG, Utilities, Security & Aviation, Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Software Development, having also worked at EU level as an active participant in the EU ICT4EE Energy Efficiency research initiative (REvistIE) in Brussels.
Vernon is also the founder and owner of Lough Neagh Distillers - 1837 Ltd, one of Ireland’s newest micro distilleries.
A Queens University Belfast Graduate in Information Management and Politics (1996), Vernon also holds his M.B.A from Trinity College Dublin (2018) and is multiple PMI certified Programme, Risk and Project Professional.