CSSC Staff

The staff of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) have a wealth of expertise from a range of sectors.  Led by Chief Executive Barry Mulholland, the teams will cover education; marketing, research and communication; and corporate services. 

Barry MulhollandBarry Mulholland 
Chief Executive

Barry Mulholland is a highly experienced educationalist, who previously served as Chief Executive of the Western Education and Library Board.

More recently, Barry assumed the role of Regional Managing Director of the Education Authority, officially acting as Accounting Officer for both the former Western and North Eastern Education and Library Board areas. 

Telephone: 028 9531 3030

Tracy McLoughlinTracy McLoughlin 
Executive Assistant to Chief Executive

With a background in administration for a statutory body, Tracy brings a range of experience to the Controlled Schools’ Support Council.  

As well as providing support to the Chief Executive and the Council itself, Tracy oversees the clerical support team.

Telephone: 028 9531 3031

Jayne MillarJayne Millar
Head of Education Support

Joining CSSC was the perfect fit for Jayne, a Stranmillis graduate.  A former teacher and Vice Principal, Jayne joined the NEELB in 2002 gaining experience as Primary Officer and Assistant Senior Education Officer.

Before joining CSSC, Jayne was a member of EA’s Children and Young People’s Services senior team.

Telephone: 028 9531 3035

Tracey WoodsTracey Woods
School Support Officer

Having graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Tracey taught History and Government and Politics for 15 years.

Tracey has been an examiner for WJEC and CCEA.  More recently, she assisted with the revision of GCSE and A-Level specifications, and oversaw the introduction of CCEA’s new GCSE Government and Politics qualification. 

Telephone: 028 9531 3042

Jill BrownJill Brown
School Support Officer

Jill has over 30 years’ experience in education working both nationally and internationally.  Over the last eleven years she has worked in quality improvement and post-inspection support, including leading national initiatives and international projects.

Jill was the post-16 representative on the Northern Ireland Steering Group for Numeracy (2006 – 2011).

Telephone: 028 9531 3036

Heather McKenzieHeather McKenzie
School Support Officer

Heather studied at Stranmillis College and graduated in 1993 with BEd(Hons).  Since then she has worked in one village and two rural schools.

Although trained as a key stage 2 teacher, Heather has taught all primary classes, from reception to primary 7.  She has been a full-time Principal since 2005. 

Telephone: 028 9531 3048


Profile photo of Andrew Brown School Support OfficerAndrew Brown
School Support Officer

Andrew has had a rewarding teaching career after graduating from Stranmillis in 1987. He is a former Vice-Principal of a large post-primary school.

Before joining CSSC, Andrew worked as an External Adviser supporting principals in PRSD and as an Executive Coach working with senior management.

Telephone: 028 9531 3039

Sara McCrackenSara McCracken
Head of Marketing, Research and Communication

Sara is a Chartered PR practitioner and previously oversaw strategic communications for the Green Party in Northern Ireland, based at Stormont.

Sara has also held a senior management role at the British Medical Association, with responsibility for public affairs and communications, and has worked in the voluntary and agri-rural sectors.

Telephone: 028 9531 3036

Rachel McMenemyRachel McMenemy
Research and Insight Officer

A researcher with a range of experience, Rachel previously authored a series of research reports focusing on childcare, parental working rights and work-life balance.

She conducted the Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey (2010-2016) and contributed to the Reconstituting Democracy in Europe’s international study on Parenting and Democracy in Europe (2011-2012).

Telephone: 028 9531 3046

Colleen Murray Colleen Murray
Marketing and Communications Officer

Colleen joins CSSC from Arts & Business NI. 

As External Relations Manager, she had responsibility for communications, website and social media management. Colleen has over 20 years’ experience in communications which she will use to support controlled schools.

Colleen holds a BA Hons in Business Studies from Ulster University.

Telephone: 028 9531 3047

Shane McCurdyShane McCurdy
Head of Corporate Services

Shane joins CSSC from EA where he was Interim Head of Finance. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of the NEELB.

Shane is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy with over 25 years’ experience in education finance and administration.

Telephone: 028 9531 3031

Jennifer McIlwaineJennifer McIlwaine
Corporate Services Officer

Jennifer brings a wealth of experience of corporate services to CSSC, having previously worked in local government, higher education, the voluntary and public sectors. 

Jennifer’s remit includes assisting with the business support functions of the Controlled Schools' Support Council, to include budgetary management, HR and corporate governance.

Telephone: 028 9531 3037 

Caroline MacLynnCaroline MacLynn
HR Officer

Caroline has worked within human resources since graduating, gaining a wide range of experience in all aspects of the HR function.  

Most recently, Caroline spent more than 10 years in a management role within the hospitality sector, acting as an advisor to the senior management team.

Telephone: 028 9531 3033

Marianne DuncanMarianne Duncan
Finance Officer

Marianne is a qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience.

She has worked in a range of sectors, including the public, private, education and charitable sectors.  Previously, Marianne headed up the Finance and HR Department of a non-departmental public body as part of the senior management team.

Telephone: 028 9531 3032

Ryan McNeillRyan McNeill
Senior Clerical Officer

Ryan previously worked in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in a number of administrative roles, including in a high profile welfare reform project for three years.

He has extensive experience of helping to deliver a public service and providing administrative support.

Telephone: 028 9531 3041

Deaglan McMahonDeaglan McMahon
Senior Clerical Officer

Deaglan has a strong background in education, having graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a PGCE in History, he went on to teach in the Belfast area.

Most recently, Deaglan spent time in Australia, where he taught in a range of schools including Footscray City College and Hume Valley Special School.

Telephone: 028 9531 3044 

Zoe PhelanZoe Phelan
Senior Clerical Officer

After graduating from Northumbria University in 2009, Zoe worked in various private and public sector organisations.

She obtained a CIPD qualification in 2014.

Prior to joining the Controlled Schools’ Support Council Zoe worked for Belfast Met in HR Services.

Telephone: 028 9531 3043

Chris McAfee Chris McAfee
Senior Clerical Officer

Chris graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BA in Politics and a MA in Irish Politics.

He has a wide range of experience in administrative roles across the voluntary/community and higher education sectors in Northern Ireland.

Telephone: 028 9531 3031

Profile photo of Elaine Scott, Senior Clerical OfficerElaine Scott
Senior Clerical Officer

After graduating from RMIT University Melbourne, Australia, in 2005, Elaine worked for various public sector organisations, as well as obtaining post graduate qualifications in careers education.

Elaine oversaw the administration of a high profile investigation audit into the Lacrosse Apartment Fire in Melbourne, covering 151 sites and totalling 168 projects.

Telephone: 028 9531 3043