NICVA announce new CEO

7 Nov 2022 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 9 Nov 2022

Celine McStravick

NICVA Executive Committee are delighted to announce the appointment of Celine McStravick as the organisation’s new Chief Executive. 

Celine will take up her post on Tuesday 3 January 2023.  Current Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey will remain in post to January to ensure a smooth hand over.
Olwen Lyner, Chair of NICVA said “Celine has a strong track record in delivering outcomes, influencing and giving voice to change - she is also well recognised as an advocate for our sector. We have been through a testing recruitment process and are very pleased with the outcome.”


About Celine McStravick

Celine has over 25 years’ experience working in the voluntary, community and public sector. Most recently, Celine was the Strategic Director for External Affairs at National Children’s Bureau (NCB) a leading UK wide research and development charity working to improve outcomes for children, young people, families, and communities, especially the most vulnerable. Celine led the policy, public affairs, research, and development activity across NCB to shape and sustain lasting change.

Celine was also Director of NCB activities in Northern Ireland and led the campaign to introduce and embed the full implementation of Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA), working with OFMDFM and the Delivering Social Change initiative to influence the development of the first outcomes-based programme for government.

Celine also produced and chaired the first global outcomes summit in Belfast (Oct 2016), opened by the First and deputy First Minister with 480 delegates and 38 international contributors. Since then, she has contributed to global outcomes conferences in Johannesburg, Sydney and Texas. Celine also worked with the Northern Ireland Audit Office to support the development of their good practice guide for public bodies - Performance Management for Outcomes.

Celine has supported the Public Health Agency over the past 10 years to invest in evidence-based programmes and community-based approaches that include the lived experience of the family.

Passionate about community development and the power of social change, Celine started her career as a voluntary youth worker and then worked in local government, supporting the development of community based economic and social projects as part of the Peace I and Peace II European special peace and reconciliation programme. Inspired by the community leaders that she worked with, Celine established the first cross sectoral leadership Common Purpose programme in the North West. Celine then went on to become the Common Purpose Regional Director, working across the public, private and voluntary sectors to explore collaboration, problem solving, and the systems change required to tackle inequalities and improve policy making.

Celine was a trustee of Childlife, member of the NI Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership, a board member of CO3, Sport NI and NICIE.'s picture
by Shauna O'Neill

Communications Officer

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