Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer
Gina is the Chief Executive Officer of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), a cross-border body established under the Good Friday Agreement and working to the Government of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
She is currently responsible for the European Union’s PEACE IV and INTERREG VA funding programmes, totaling in excess of €0.5 billion. The PEACE Programme represents a unique investment by the European Union in support of the peace process, and both Programmes support the development of a more sustainable and prosperous cross-border region, across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland (INTERREG only).
Having spent most of her career involved with EU support programmes Gina has gained extensive knowledge of the complex cross-border development needs of the region and the appropriate European funding instruments available to meet them.
Gina is a qualified chartered accountant who trained and qualified with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). Before joining the SEUPB as the Director of Corporate Services in 2003, she gained extensive practical knowledge of managing the distribution of cross-border PEACE funding during her work for Co-operation Ireland.
Gina is a member of the Lexxion Editorial Board for the European Structural and Investment Funds Journal (EStIF) and regularly speaks at major conferences and exhibitions across Europe.
Paul Sheridan, Head of Finance & Corporate Services
Responsible for the Certifying Authority and the financial management of the SEUPB's role in managing the PEACE and INTERREG Programmes. Paul oversees a range of other corporate services including; Human Resources, Communications and Information & Communications Technology.
Before he joined the SEUPB, Paul was Acting Director of Finance for National Museums Northern Ireland. Prior to this Paul spent several years as a Management Consultant for KPMG and PA Consulting, carrying out Value-For-Money Audits, Financial Assessment and developing Outline Business Cases for public sector organisations. Gaining extensive knowledge of managing PEACE funds through his time spent with Belfast City Council, Paul is industry trained and a member of CIMA.
Paul is supported by the following departments/management:
- Stephen Moore - Corporate Accountant
- Brian Liggett - Manager, Human Resources
- Séamus Kearney - Manager, Information & Communications Technology
- John McCandless - Manager, Communications
- Therese McNeill - Manager, Certifying Authority
Leanne Massey, Director Joint Secretariat
Leanne joined the SEUPB as Director of the Joint Secretariat in August 2018. Before she joined the SEUPB, Leanne was Head of International Operations at Leonard Cheshire responsible for operations in over 13 countries in Africa and Asia. She is an experienced leader with over a decade of senior roles in the private, international development and disability sectors with specific expertise in managing complex and diverse stakeholder relationships both internationally and domestically.
Leanne is supported by the following management:
- Helen Donaldson
- Paul Boylan
- Glenny Whitley
Mark Feeney, Director Managing Authority
Mark is responsible for all Managing Authority activity for the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes. This includes continual monitoring of both programmes (140+ projects) to ensure they are delivered as per the agreed cooperation plans including the achievement of outputs and verification of claims. Within this portfolio, Mark also oversees the work of the Financial Control Until while delegating project management activity to the Joint Secretariat.
Before he joined the SEUPB Mark worked as the Nations Director for e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. Prior to this Mark worked at CCEA as an Educational Manager and also at Belfast Metropolitan College as a lecturer in Business and IT.
Mark is supported by the following departments/management:
- Alistair MacKenzie - Financial Controller
- James Russell - Manager of Managing Authority
- Declan McGarrigle - Manager of Transnational / Inter-regional Programmes