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  OUR PEOPLE  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
Robert joined the organization in 1992 and has performed as a sports administrator, games team manager and more recently the Chef de Mission. In the past 15 years he has served on the mission staff of all four Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games. Aside from his career as a school teacher Robert sits on the board for the Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association and is a soccer and rugby coach. As an athlete, Robert competed as a rifle shooter on the International circuit. 
John has been a member of NICGC since 1989 representing Athletics NI where he has been working for more than 30 years. He was an official at the Auckland Commonwealth Games in 1990 and is a current Director of the NICGC Board. As an international athlete, John competed in Cross Country. He is also a board member of the Belfast Marathon. Athletics NI as a chief executives committee and until recently a menber of the board of Athletics Ireland. John took on the role of Secretary General in 2018. 
Amanda is the Vice Chair of Gymnastics Northern Ireland; she has also been a technical director and treasurer within the governing body. Amanda has represented NI in many competitions with a highlight at the Commonwealth Games competing in Gymnastics. She is a High Performance Coach for women’s Artistic Gymnastics. She is also a qualified tutor for the British Gymnastics and international Brevet Judge for Ireland and NI. Over the years she has judged at several international competitions for NI and Ireland, there were completions such as the Commonwealth Games (5 times) the European Championships (4 times) 2009 world championship and also several World Cup Events. She has had a career in Accountancy spanning 25 Years, with the last 20 as a personal tax manager of BDO Chartered Accountants but since the start of 2014 she took a career change to become the chief Executive of Salto Gymnastics Center. She brings a great knowledge of risk management, accountancy, sponsorship and funding applications and marketing to the NICGC. 
Ken Nixon is a former Chairman of the Sports Forum and the past president, current Chairman of Ulster Badminton and a member of the Board of Badminton Ireland. He has volunteered in a variety of roles in the sport of Badminton for over forty years. Ken is a past Chairman of the Confederation of British Sport and a founding director of Sports Resolutions UK, and was elected to the NICGC in 2012. He is also a Trustee of the Mary Peters Trust. He is the NI Sports Forum representative on the key governmental Sports Matters Strategy Group. Ken has extensive experience of the workings of Governing Bodies and Clubs and as a Solicitor brings Legal and Governance skills to the Board. 
Since joining the NICGC in 1998, Alison has attended the Commonwealth Games as General Team Manager. She is a former Northern Ireland and Ireland Senior International javelin thrower. Her sport management experience extends to working with Sport Northern Ireland. In addition to her responsibilities on the board, Alison works as a Sport Development Manager at the University of Ulster. 
 
 
 
 

STAFF 

 
Contact details 
conal.heatley@nicgc.org 
 
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