Our work at Public Achievement is managed by an experienced, skilled, professional and committed team of staff. We are a highly creative and innovative organisation, and our work depends on a diverse and talented staff team. Each member of the team brings a unique set of skills, experiences and perspectives to the work. Find out more below, and click on the name of any staff member to send them an email.
If you haven't been here in a while, we have several new additions to our team, so read on and find out about them!
Andrea Gibson, Training Officer
Hi, I am Andrea. My role is to run accredited and non-accredited training in our 'Civic Youth Work' model for all our volunteer coaches across all of our projects - as well as ensuring that our coaches are properly supported by our staff team. I am also involved in promoting this model locally and internationally - and if you are interested in training in our unique model - please get in touch.
I manage the people who are leading the programmes run by
Public Achievement and I also manage the money that allows us
deliver our projects. I have worked as a financial manager of charities and social enterprises for about the last 20 years and before that worked in the commercial sector. I really enjoy using my professional skills to make a difference in our community.
Outside of work, I used to love to travel to far off places, but since the birth of my two young children, our adventures got even better, but generally involve the swings and the slide at the park!
Davy Sims, Head of Social Media
I am Head of Social Media for Public Achievement where I manage
the WIMPS (Where Is My Public Servant?) project.
Previously I was a broadcaster starting in Downtown Radio in 1979.
I moved to the BBC in 1986 as a radio producer becoming
Head of New Media between 2001 and 2008. It is great to use these skills to help young people to promote their ideas and communicate to those in positions of power.
Ian McQuitty, Project Manager, Driving Change
"I am currently seconded from the Department for Social Development
to manage the implementation of the Driving Change cross border road
I joined the team as I have recently completed a course in
community development at the University of Ulster and
wanted an opportunity to gain some additional experience of
working directly with young people within the voluntary and
I am Jenna Booth, the Civic Animator for the WIMPS project.
I spent most of my years after graduating from Media Studies in 2009,
volunteering in different areas of media whilst working part-time for a
Disability Charity. I volunteered for a radio station and spent a year
there before joining the WIMPS team in 2010.
Linda Harvey, WIMPS Administrator
I am the Administrator with WIMPS. I have been here 2 years and
help deal with the administration and finance of the WIMPS team.
I have worked in Finance/Administration roles for 25 years and
especially love working here, as WIMPS is a fantastic project with
a great team of staff and young people.
Martin Yore - Technical Officer, Driving Change
Hi, I am Martin; I joined the Driving Change project in February 2011
on secondment from Louth County Fire and Rescue Service.
I have been a fire fighter for over 20 years and wanted an opportunity
to use my experience to work with Public Achievement to help
educate people to the dangers associated with unsafe behaviours
on the roads all along the border area.
Hello, I'm Melissa Brotto, the new EVS volunteer 2012-2013 in Public Achievement. I'm from Italy and I'm a co-ordinator of young projects in Bassano del Grappa, a town near the mountains and Venice (90 km far);-). In these years one of the projects was a young radio transmission radiostatale47.
I'm happy now to learn and to share this new experience in PA with young people in Belfast. I will be part of WIMPS project with brilliant young journalists. I love music, art, nature, food, to share with the friends and the people around me now in a new city, Belfast.
Michael MacBroom - Creative Content Trainer, WIMPS project
I'm the Creative Content Trainer and I primarily make all sorts of video content. I also make and deliver training resources in film production for staff and WIMPS crews and coaches. In my spare time I work on my own film projects.
I play guitar,sing a bit and dabble with the piano. I love doing creative work with young people and working on new video projects.
I have been leading Public Achievement since 2003, and was involved in establishing the organisation back in 1999. The time has flown - and even though it is a very challenging time to run a charity, our work has been growing from strength to strength.
My job is to keep our great team focused and co-ordinated and to ensure that we have the resouces we need to keep our work going well into the future. We have a very exciting range of projects, all of which are run by highly skilled teams, and involve important collaborative relationships.
Read my blog here.
Paul Stewart - Administrative Assistant
I work with Andrew in the main office, to help keep all our systems working smoothly. That includes helping to prepare claims for funders, making sure we follow our financial procedures and helping with filing and ordering things like stationery. I also work as a deaf awareness and sign language trainer - and I enjoy working with such a creative organisation.
Tina McCay - Administrator, Driving Change project
Hello my name is Tina, I am working in Public Achievement’s Armagh office as Administrator with the Driving Change project.
I am responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of all administrative
aspects of the project, which will include being first point of contact,
liaison with all the partner organisations and managing the administrative back up required for the proposed training courses and events being delivered through the project.
In my spare time my hobbies include listening to music, going to concerts
and spending time with my family and friends.