Board of Directors

John McGowan, Chair — Enterprise North West

John is the Chief Executive of Enterprise North West who manage the Invest NI Regional Start Initiative, which is the Invest NI business start programme for the Derry City Council area. He is a Director on the Board of North West Business Complex Ltd who provide office accommodation and industrial units to 60 tenants in their 55,000 sq ft business park. As a successful entrepreneur in his own right, John started a British Council approved English Language School 15 years ago. The North West Academy of English Ltd welcomes over 1,000 students each year to Derry to learn English. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies followed by a Masters in Business Administration and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. John has lectured extensively in marketing at regional institutions, and is a member of the Institute of Business Advisors previously a serving Committee member. In addition, he is a full member of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management. John is also SFEDI accredited for the delivery of business training and advice. He currently writes a business column for the local newspaper — The Derry News. John has previously been Vice Chair of Enterprise Northern Ireland.

Dr Tess Maginess, Former Chair — Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast


Andrew McAfee, Business Manager, Multimedia (Learning Resources) — CCEA


Edward Friel, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Ulster University

Eddie Friel is Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Ulster University. He previously held positions promoting economic development at both the Ulster University and Invest NI. He has also worked at Queen’s University, Belfast and in a small IT company.  He has served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Foyle Health and Social Services Trust, and was a member of the Western Health and Social Services Council. He has also served as a Governor of the Omagh College of Further Education, and as a Non-Executive Director of Greenshoots Newry Ltd, which was the first Business Incubation Centre in the Further Education sector in Northern Ireland. He has attended a number of governance specific training courses in support of the above roles. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC), based at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry.

Shaun Hannigan, Director — Regional Cultural Centre


Michael Hamlyn, Producer & Trustee — Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Michael has been a film and theatre producer for over 35 years – best known for the award winning film and stage musical The Adventure of PriscillaQueen of the Desert.

As the son of the late Paul Hamlyn he has been a Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for over thirty years previously steering the Social Justice Programme and more recently taking responsibility for the foundation’s work in youth and migration. He is a former governor of the Southbank Centre and the National Film and Television School. 

He maintains a great interest in Northern Ireland and has been on the Board of the Nerve Centre for the last ten years. He co-owns the restaurant Bibendum with Sir Terence Conran, which is located in the iconic Michelin building.

Shauna Kelpie, Development and Support Officer — Acorn Fund

Shauna Kelpie lives in Derry and works as the Development and Support Officer with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Acorn Fund. She also works as a part–time lecturer with the North West Regional College teaching drama in the local community to a range of individuals and groups and is an associate Director with Sole Purpose Productions – a local professional theatre company which creates theatre focused on public and social issues. Previous roles include: working as a freelance producer with the Culture Company during 2013; interim cultural programmer with Derry City Council; Director and Programmer with Foyle Film Festival 1999 – 2007; Education Officer with The Playhouse; Assistant Director with The O’Casey Theater Company based in Northern Ireland and New York. She has an MA in Theatre from Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence RI USA.