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Seamus McAleavey

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)

Judging Panel

About Seamus McAleavey

Seamus is the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) since 1998.  NICVA is the umbrella body for voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland with over 1,100 member organisations.  Seamus has key responsibility for engagement with Government Ministers and their departments on policy issues that interest voluntary and community organisations.

Seamus has been involved on a number of formative initiatives like the Taskforce on Active Citizenship 2007 established by then Taoiseach Bertie Ahearn and the Carnegie Commission of Inquiry into Civil society in the UK and Ireland which reported in 2010. He was also a member of the Economic Development Forum that advised Ministers on the economy in Northern Ireland.  He is currently a Board member of UCIT (Ulster Community Investment Trust) and Sector Matters two social enterprise organisations. He is also a Board member of the Eaga Trust an employee ownership trust in England. 

He is an alumnus of the Federal Executive Institute (US Government Leadership development center) at Charlottesville, Virginia having completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society program in 2008.  He is a member of the FEI’s Alumni Association which is mostly made up of senior US Civil Servants across all departments of government.