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. 

  • Chief Executive

    Barry 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. 

    Phone:
    028 9531 3030
  • Tracy McLoughlin

    Tracy McLoughlin

    Executive Assistant to Chief Executive

    Having graduated with an MSSc in Organisation and Management from Queen’s University in 2006 and 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 senior clerical support team.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3031
  • Jayne Miller

    Jayne 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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3035
  • Tracey Woods

    Tracey 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. 

    Phone:
    028 9531 3042
  • Jill Brown

    Jill 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).

    Phone:
    028 9531 3036
  • Heather McKenzie

    Heather 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. 

    Phone:
    028 9531 3048
  • Andrew Brown

    Andrew 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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3039
  • Derek Harkness

    Derek Harkness

    School Support Officer

    Derek has worked in primary education for 33 years, as a teacher, ICT Advisory Officer and as Principal in three primary schools.

    He has extensive experience in school leadership and school improvement, including development of future leaders through the PQH programme, PRSD training with Governors and assessing trainee teachers.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3040
  • Sara McCracken

    Sara 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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3036
  • Rachel McMenemy

    Rachel 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).

    Phone:
    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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3047
  • Shane McCurdy

    Shane McCurdy

    Head of Corporate Services

    Shane is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

    He was Chief Executive of the North Eastern Education and Library Board prior to its dissolution, having previously been its Chief Finance Officer and was the Interim Head of Finance of the Education Authority on its establishment.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3034
  • Jennifer

    Jennifer McIlwaine

    Corporate Services Officer

    Jennifer obtained a Sociology PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in 2012, where she taught a range of Sociology modules and acted as exam moderator.  Jennifer has a background in research, administrative and project roles within the charity sector, central and local government. 

  • Caroline

    Caroline 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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3033
  • Marianne Duncan

    Marianne 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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3032
  • Ryan McNeill

    Ryan 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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3041
  • Zoe Phelan

    Zoe 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.

    Phone:
    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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3031
  • Elaine Scott

    Elaine 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.

    Phone:
    028 9531 3043