Caro-lynne Ferris

Caro-lynne Ferris

Executive Director

caro-lynne@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3930

Caro-lynne has over 25 years’ experience in the field of outdoor recreation and is responsible for driving forward the organisation’s vision and strategy whilst keeping an eye on the day-to-day delivery of key projects for our clients and stakeholders.  

As a champion of sustainable development and management, Caro-lynne works to ensure that people can enjoy the outdoors today whilst considering the need to protect the outdoor environment for future generations. 

In her spare time Caro-lynne can be found in the mountains walking, running, mountain biking and skiing. She is well known for her love of tea and buns both before, and after (and sometimes in the middle) of training sessions! 

Chris Scott

Chris Scott

Operations Director

chris@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6940

Chris works alongside ORNI’s Executive Director to set the strategic direction of the organisation with particular focus on raising the profile of ORNI, promoting the benefits of outdoor recreation to key influencers and planning innovative future funding strategies to allow ORNI realise its vision, mission and key priorities. 

With over 20 years’ experience of working in the outdoor recreation sector, Chris is responsible for prospecting new opportunities to allow ORNI to apply our skills, expertise and experience. Behind the scenes he ensures connectivity between our teams. 

When not boring everyone about his kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing, running and coaching his son’s mini-rugby team, if only to offset his love of eating out.

Philip Weston

Philip Weston

Head of Place Shaping

philip@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3937

Philip currently spends a significant portion of his time managing the planning and delivery of Community Trails which provide much needed doorstep walking opportunities for local communities.  

Alongside this, Philip delivers a wide range of projects including masterplans, feasibility studies and visitor information plans. 

A young family ensures that Philip’s weekends are never dull – whether it is a trip to the local play park or travelling cross country to explore the hills, parks and countryside around Northern Ireland. When time allows, he can be found trail running, mountain biking or hill walking.

Rachel Hart

Rachel Hart

Place Shaping Principal

r.hart@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6949

Rachel leads our Place Shaping Team which undertakes the feasibility, planning, design and project management of high-quality, sustainable, participant-focused outdoor recreation experiences.  

Rachel brings significant project management experience to the ORNI team, gained through event / programme management and marketing / communications roles within international consultancies, the National Trust and SMEs. 

Rachel is currently delivering a broad range of projects including masterplans for iconic long distance walking routes, community trails, innovative sculpture trails, and strategic activity audits. 

Rachel has swapped London life for seaside living in a remote coastal cottage in County Down. She has yet to perfect the local accent. She enjoys walking in the Mournes, canoeing on Strangford Lough and coastal rowing. Her healthy aspirations are let down by a love of cheese and red wine.

Fiona Milne

Fiona Milne

Place Shaping Principal

fiona@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3939

Fiona has project managed a wide portfolio of outdoor recreation projects from Ireland’s greatest forest adventure play trail, green space master plans to community walking trails offering doorstep opportunities – and everything in between.  

Fiona has become our expert in nature and adventure play, researching best practice from around the UK and executing several projects in Northern Ireland’s parks and forests. 

Work is a nice break for Fiona, as home life involves looking after two children, five chickens, two dogs and countless honeybees! In the little spare time she has, Fiona enjoys walking, sea swimming and escaping in her caravan.

Sarah Noble

Sarah Noble

Place Shaping Principal

sarah@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3932

Sarah brings a decade’s experience working in outdoor education across the UK prior to joining the team. As a Place Shaping Principal, Sarah provides leadership on a range of projects including community trails, forest masterplans, walking and canoe trail development. 

Sarah brings valuable insight and an extensive knowledge of outdoor recreation to each project in order to develop excellent visitor experiences but also the future management considerations. 

Passionate about outdoor adventure, Sarah is an all-rounder in the outdoors, albeit participating at the less extreme end these days with 3 young children in tow! 

Diane Crookes

Diane Crookes

Place Shaping Specialist

diane@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3934

Diane holds an MSc in Conservation which allows her to bring an insightful knowledge of environmental conservation to our projects, ensuring our work remains sensitive to the environments and landscapes in which we operate. 

Diane provides technical insight to many of our trail projects ranging from short community trails to iconic long-distance trails. Diane also plays a key role in the delivery of greenspace masterplans and feasibility studies.  

Diane enjoys getting back to nature in her spare time by travelling, camping and walking with family and friends. 

Claire McLernon

Claire McLernon

Place Shaping Specialist

c.mclernon@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6947

Claire’s background as a Civil Engineer with a PhD in Environmental Engineering has brought great expertise to the ORNI team. 

Claire is currently delivering a wide portfolio of projects including community trails, green space masterplans and long-distance recreation trails.  

In her spare time, Claire enjoys swimming, running, cycling in all its forms, and loves nothing more than a good long walk with her dogs on a deserted Donegal beach. She also paints when time allows, taking much of her inspiration from nature and her experiences in the great outdoors.

Joe Murray

Joe Murray

Place Shaping Executive

j.murray@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3935

Joe assists the Place Shaping Team to undertake the feasibility, planning, design and project management of high-quality, sustainable, participant-focused outdoor recreation experiences. 

Joe is quickly becoming an expert in preparing applications for planning permission – a key task in ensuring successful delivery of our trail projects   

In his spare time, Joe enjoys going out for a run or into the hills. He likes to get away on a city break as often as possible or, at the very least, to the North Coast.

Aideen Martin

Aideen Martin

Head of Strategic Projects

aideen@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3931

Aideen gained significant experience working for major blue-chip companies in England before returning to Northern Ireland to combine her experience with a passion for the outdoors. 

Aideen leads our Strategic Projects Team providing a strategic and insight-led focus to the development of strategies, frameworks and plans on behalf of key organisations at the forefront of outdoor recreation in Ireland.   

Aideen has recently facilitated the development of ‘Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors – the new national outdoor recreation strategy for Ireland, prepared frameworks to guide the development of long-distance walking trails such as the Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Walking Trail and the Beara Breifne Way.   

Outside work, Aideen enjoys trail running, keeping fit and walking the beaches and coastline of Co Down and Donegal.  Watching sport is her guilty pleasure, from rugby to netball, but especially her beloved Tyrone GAA team!

Sarah Steer

Sarah Steer

Strategic Project Principal

s.steer@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6946

Sarah leads key projects within our Strategic Projects Team providing a strategic and insight-led focus to the development of strategies, frameworks and plans on behalf of key organisations at the forefront of outdoor recreation in Ireland.   

Sarah applies a strategic mindset to all projects to bring innovative and intelligent approaches and solutions to our clients’ challenges. Recent projects have including contributing to a Visitor Experience and Development Plan for Wicklow Mountains National Park and a Review of the Potential for Peatlands Eco-Tourism in Ireland.  

In her spare time Sarah is a regular runner and swimmer. She likes travelling to explore mountainous areas, especially when there is a nice meal to be had at the end of the journey.  

Gemma Lyttle

Gemma Lyttle

Strategic Project Specialist

gemma@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6943

Gemma applies her project management skills to a diverse range of our projects within our Strategic Projects Team. Recent projects have included angling action plans, signature walk frameworks, parks and play strategies.   

Gemma enjoys getting out and about with her family, packing everyone up and exploring her favourite spot – the North Coast. 

Beverley Magowan

Beverley Magowan

Head of Communication and Training

beverley@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3938

Beverley leads our Communications and Training Team to raise the awareness of ORNI and outdoor recreation opportunities, deliver high quality training and knowledge initiatives and develop insights relevant to the sector.  

Beverley’s 15+ years with ORNI has seen her grow from a Placement Student to a key member of the Senior Management Team. This experience coupled with a diploma in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing means Beverley is well placed to lead the outputs of this team.  

Before becoming a parent, you would have found Beverley cycling the roads of County Down with her local cycling club but now she has had to resort to less strenuous outdoor activities she can do with a toddler!

Elizabeth Rogers

Elizabeth Rogers

Communication and Training Specialist

e.rogers@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6945

Elizabeth performs a key role leading the delivery of Secretariat services for the Outdoor Recreation Network and Visitor Safety Group (both UK and Ireland wide networks). In addition, Elizabeth plans and executes all ORNI’s best practice training initiatives. 

Elizabeth brought an extensive research background to the team and therefore delivers several key projects to identify and measure the benefits of outdoor recreation including the People in the Outdoors Monitor for Northern Ireland and the Greenspace Mapping Layer for Northern Ireland.  

Outside work, Elizabeth enjoys gardening, introducing her puppy to local walks, and taking the campervan for weekend breaks to enjoy the hills and mountains further afield.

Ethan Loughrey

Ethan Loughrey

Communication and Training Executive

ethan@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6941

Ethan plays a key role delivering innovative communication campaigns to make it easier for people to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Key channels include ORNI’s consumer brands OutmoreNI and MountainBikeNI alongside campaigns such as the Right Side of Outside and Get Wet Stay Safe.   

Ethan also executes the design, production and installation of orientation and waymarking signage at a range of community trails developed by ORNI across Northern Ireland.  

Ethan enjoys running, reading, Irish dancing and visiting outdoor places with his wife and kids. He also loves podcasts! Hook him up with your favourite with a message on LinkedIn.

Jayne Woodrow

Jayne Woodrow

Communication and Training Executive

jayne@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6948

Jayne plays a key role in delivering innovative online and in-person training and knowledge share events for the Outdoor Recreation Network, Visitor Safety Group (both UK and Ireland wide networks) and a range of other stakeholders.  

In addition, Jayne delivers the content and digital marketing plans for WalkNI.com – our key consumer website.  

In her spare time Jayne enjoys going out for walks in search of her next Instagram photo as well as heading to gigs and culture events in the city with friends. With a slight addiction to Pinterest, she can often be found behind her sewing machine stitching together the latest idea. 

Kerry Kirkpatrick

Kerry Kirkpatrick

Communication and Training Executive

kerry@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6942

Kerry delivers key projects across the Communications and Training Team to make it easier for people to enjoy the outdoors responsibly via ORNI’s consumer brands such as OutmoreNI and GetWetNI. Kerry also plays a key role in the delivery of engaging training and knowledge share events as well as supporting colleagues to provide meaningful consultation workshops both online and in-person.  

In addition, Kerry delivers a range of corporate communication activities to develop and maintain relationships with ORNI’s key stakeholders.

Kerry is a true North Coaster, never too far from the beach and always up for trying new outdoor activities, especially in the water. The rest of the time, you’ll find her playing volleyball across the country! 

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

Junior Executive

harry@outdoorrecreationni.com 

A recent recruit to ORNI, Harry joins us following graduation from Queen’s University Belfast with an Economics with Finance degree. Harry’s ‘fast track’ role sees him assisting with project delivery across all the teams of the organisation. 

In his spare time, Harry will typically be found playing rugby. However, when not chasing the egg-shaped ball, Harry enjoys hiking with his dad in the Mournes and attending music gigs with friends.

Neil Brannigan

Neil Brannigan

GIS Analyst

neil.brannigan@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3930

As an experienced and passionate GIS Analyst, Neil delivers GIS related services and functions within Outdoor Recreation NI including managing and maintaining our in-house GIS system and providing day-to-day GIS and mapping support for a wide range of outdoor recreation projects. 

Neil joined the ORNI team following the completion of his PhD at Queens University Belfast, using spatial analysis to study soil erosion processes. His experience in geospatial data management, combined with his analysis and visualisation skills, adds value to the ORNI team and allows us to deliver a first-rate service to stakeholders and clients. 

Aside from regularly convincing everyone that his PhD research is very interesting, Neil spends much of his free time playing and coaching GAA across Co. Antrim. You’re also likely to see Neil catching up with friends over a coffee or a few pints of Guinness.

Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor

GIS Technician

emma.taylor@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 6944

As a recent Geography Graduate from Ulster University, Emma is busying applying her skills to developing Northern Ireland’s first authoritative map of all publicly accessible greenspace and off-road trails. As well as using her GIS skills, Emma liaises with government departments and agencies, Councils, and eNGOs to refine and verify data before it is imported into the Greenspace Layer. When published, the map will be available on OutmoreNI, SpatialNI and OpenDataNI. 

A true lover of all things outdoors, Emma enjoys nothing more than exploring the mountains to find a waterfall, cycling the County Down coast or running trails in the forest. Provided she’s not cheering on the Ulster rugby team, listening to rock music or sampling a local beer with friends!

Roisin Gallagher

Business Support Manager

roisin@outdoorrecreationni.com

Roisin delivers a critical support and coordination role for the whole organisation and ensures the seamless and efficient delivery of all non-revenue generating operations and systems. This includes financial management, HR, internal communications, IT, facilities management, and procurement. 

In her spare time, Roisin can be found hiking or sea swimming.  She also likes to spend time going on mini adventures with her niece and nephew.

Sylvia Watson

Sylvia Watson

Business Support

sylvia@outdoorrecreationni.com

+44 (0)28 9030 3930

Sylvia is responsible for keeping Outdoor Recreation NI’s office running as smoothly as possible, covering everything from admin, HR, finance and IT to making sure there is enough coffee! 

When not buried under piles of invoices, Sylvia enjoys walking, sampling all sorts of different foods on her travels and a nice glass of prosecco!