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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 projects for our clients. She is a champion of sustainable development and management, ensuring 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, after (and sometimes in the middle) of training sessions!
Head of Operations
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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 nearly twenty years experience of working in the outdoor recreation sector, Chris is responsible for prospecting new opportunities to allow ORNI apply our skills, expertise and experience. Chris also has direct project management roles in our Cuilcagh to Cleenish project and the provision of secretariat services to both the Outdoor Recreation Network and Visitor Safety Group.
When not boring everyone about his kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and running, if only to offset his love of eating out and sampling craft beer.
Head of Marketing and Participation
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Aideen gained significant experience working for major blue chip companies in England before returning to Northern Ireland to combine her marketing knowledge with a passion for the outdoors.
Aideen currently leads on strategic marketing projects and helps our clients apply a consumer focus to their projects, as well as leading our ‘Walking for All’ participation project.
Aideen’s key projects have included the creation and management of WalkNI.com, the inception of the Giant’s Causeway Coast Cycling Sportive and the brand development and positioning of Montalto Estate. In addition to this Aideen has worked on several strategic projects to identify and develop visitor experiences on long distance walking trails in the Mournes, Strangford Lough, Kerry, Wild Atlantic Way, Beara Brefine Way and the International Appalachian Trail.
Outside work, Aideen dabbles in trail running and 10ks. She spends her weekends dragging her two young kids up hills and biking but all that fresh air means peace to enjoy a well-earned break on a Saturday night!
Joint Head of Projects
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Sarah brings a decade’s experience working in outdoor education across the UK prior to joining the team. As Joint Head of Projects, Sarah provides leadership on a range of projects including community trails, forest masterplans, walking and mountain bike trail development.
Sarah’s valuable insight and an extensive knowledge of outdoor recreation to each project in order 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 on tow!
Joint Head of Projects
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As Joint Head of Projects, Fiona not only mentors but directly delivers on the preparation feasibility studies, destination action plans, forest scoping studies and spatial masterplans for a range of clients.
Fiona has also 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.
As well as providing colleagues with eggs from her free range hens, Fiona also enjoys setting off in her campervan for weekends away, sailing and biking with the girls.
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Philip currently spends a significant portion of his time planning and delivering Community Trails (providing doorstep walking opportunities for local communities) either as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish’ project or executing the Newry, Mourne and Down community trail plan.
Alongside this, Philip has delivers a wide range of projects including visitor experience development plans, feasibility study 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 out trail running, mountain biking or hill walking.
+44 (0)28 9030 6949
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, environmental best practice training, 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.
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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 walking projects ranging from short community trails to iconic long distance trails. A key element of Diane’s current role is delivering a Community Trail Network for ‘Cuilcagh to Cleenish: A Great Place’ – a three year project funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Diane enjoys getting back to nature in her spare time by travelling, camping and walking with family and friends.
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With a background in advertising and research Gemma brings with her valuable project management experience and is currently responsible for the preparation of strategic plans, green space masterplans and feasibility studies.
Gemma enjoys getting out and about with her family, packing everyone up and exploring her favourite spot – the North Coast.
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A recent recruit to the ORNI team, Claire joins us after almost six years with Sustrans from her role as Routes and Networks Development Manager. Claire is a Civil Engineer with a PhD in Environmental Engineering which will add to the expertise within the ORNI team.
Claire is currently delivering a wide portfolio of projects including community trails, strategic activity audits and access plans.
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’s also paints when time allows, taking much of her inspiration from nature and her experiences in the great outdoors.
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A recent recruit to the ORNI team, Sarah joins us from Tandem where she has spent 8 years as a Senior Interpretation Planner and Head of Content.
Sarah is currently delivering a range of visitor experience development plans including Lough Navar, Gortin Lakes, Castle Caldwell and Wicklow National Park.
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. 2020 has brought an opportunity to hone her interest in horticulture.
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Elizabeth is our lead in developing training and best practice initiatives for the sector. Elizabeth performs a key Secretariat role for the Outdoor Recreation Network and Visitor Safety Group (both UK and Ireland wide). In addition, Elizabeth plans and executes all of 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.
Outside work, Elizabeth enjoys gardening, introducing her puppy to local walks, and taking the campervan for weekend breaks to enjoy hills and mountains further afield.
Assistant Project Officer
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Joe joined the ORNI team from a role as Environmental Officer within Queen’s University Belfast. The role involved the delivery of several ‘green’ schemes including the development of green spaces, co-ordination of the Environmental Leadership Programme and delivery of events such as ‘Recycling Week’ and ‘Green Week’.
Joe is currently assisting in the delivery of a wide range of projects including visitor information plans, strategic plans, community trails and trail waymarking.
In his spare time, Joe enjoys getting 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.
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Beverley has over a decade of marketing and event management experience making her ideally placed to deliver for our clients in both areas.
Beverley’s practical experience in advertising, digital marketing and PR coupled with a diploma in Professional Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing has resulted in her executing several successful multi-channel marketing campaigns for major events.
Before becoming a parent you would have found Beverley on her road bike with her local cycling club most weekends but now she has had to resort to less strenuous outdoor activities she can do with a toddler!
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Jayne plays a key role in delivering the digital marketing plans of our consumer websites and keeping us abreast of all the latest trends in social media. Her eye for design has been utilised in the delivering of marketing material across all of the team’s projects. Jayne also performs a key event management role for the Outdoor Recreation Network (UK and Ireland).
In her spare time Jayne enjoys getting 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.
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Ethan is primarily responsible for the promotion of Northern Ireland’s mountain bike trail centres, using his digital knowledge and skills to devise and deliver captivating digital campaigns for this action packed sector.
Ethan enjoys running, mountain biking, reading and reminiscing with his wife of the days before his son was born when sleep was a thing.
Assistant Marketing and Events Officer
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Kerry has recently returned to Northern Ireland and joined the ORNI team following an events and social media role at her alma mater Leeds Beckett University.
Kerry assists the marketing team to drive the promotion of outdoor activities across Northern Ireland and deliver a wide range of outdoor recreation projects. In addition, a key role for Kerry is to organise a series of training seminars and workshops as well as supporting colleagues in the delivery of other conferences and events.
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!
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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!
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Neil is an experienced and passionate GIS Analyst and has joined the ORNI team to lead on the strategic direction of GIS within the organisation. He is leading on 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.
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Emma joined us following work and volunteer experience after graduating from Ulster University where she studied Geography.
She is a key member of the Greenspace Layer project team delivering 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!