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Who are the nine Sport NI board members who resigned?

By Staff Reporter

The nine who dramatically resigned en masse from the board of Sport NI said the conditions no longer existed in which they could operate professionally and competently.

In a short letter to Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin - which was made public yesterday - they insisted they had always acted with openness and integrity.

The nine volunteers who oversaw the sports quango and have now stood down include a director of The Open University in Ireland, a policy manager with the Equality Commission, the Irish FA's former head of communications and an Irish basketball legend, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. The nine are:

Gerard Campbell

Chief Executive of Colleges NI, he has previously been chief executive for the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People. Currently a non-executive board member of the Health and Safety Executive for NI and also a member of that organisation's audit and risk management committee.

Paul Cummings

A qualified accountant who is currently the director of finance at the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) with joint responsibility for the strategic direction of the board and the five health trusts and who has competed across a wide range of sports, including archery, football, tennis, and volleyball.

John D'Arcy

Director of The Open University in Ireland, he was previously chief executive of Colleges NI as well as principal officer for research and statistics at CCEA and chairman of Oh Yeah Music Centre. A qualified coach, he was also manager/coach of the NI Tenpin Bowling Team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Eddie Lynch

Funding chief executive of Age Sector Platform, the organisation that runs the NI Pensioners' Parliament and supports older people to campaign on issues such as income inequality, fuel poverty and health and social care. Has played sports at amateur level, such as football, golf and squash. Previously worked with the Consumer Council.

Roisin Mallon

Policy manager with the Equality Commission and has co-ordinated and contributed to the Good Relations Forum, working in private practice as a solicitor. A keen rock climber, mountaineer and cyclist who has acted for over 15 years as a committee member of the Belfast Association of Fell Runners and Rock Climbers.

Shane McCullough

Recently appointed as a director of the Sports Institute Northern Ireland, he has also been involved in research and consultancy in the area of sports development and sport and good relations. He played football to Intermediate and Amateur League level and has also been a judo player, boxer, Gaelic footballer and golfer.

Danny O'Connor

Currently the chair of Belfast City Marathon and the Belfast Hills Partnership, his past roles include chief leisure officer at Craigavon Borough Council. He spent 25 years (1974 to 1999) in sports development, sports administration and sports facilities planning and management advisory services with Sport Northern Ireland.

John O'Neill

Founder member of the Venture.i Network and has acted as both a director and managing partner over the last 20 years.

Has been a senior adviser on an EU-funded enterprise development programme in Ukraine, and has been involved in supporting Ulster Rugby and supported Ulster Council GAA to develop a community coaching programme.

Geoff Wilson

A MEMBER of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he runs his own marketing and communications consultancy business. He was previously the head of marketing and communications at the IFA. Has a UEFA coaching badge and has knowledge of football administration across the globe.

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