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A Note From Jim Dennison, Chief Executive

Jim Dennison has been Chief Executive of the Simon Community NI since January 2014. Prior to this, Jim was Head of Operations at the Chartered Institute of Housing – a professional membership body supporting those who work in housing and homelessness. He holds an Honours Degree in Politics from the Queen’s University of Belfast and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Regional and Local Development from the Dublin Institute of Technology. 

“With more and more people becoming homeless every day the work of Simon Community NI has never been more important. We see individuals from all walks of life becoming homeless for a variety of different and often complex reasons. We know that homelessness can strike anyone.

I believe that homelessness - with the right political and community will, proper investment and more innovative services – can be ended. We at Simon Community NI will do all we can to end homelessness in Northern Ireland.”

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  • Senior Management

    Simon Community NI’s Senior Management Team has a wealth of experience to draw from in the fight against homelessness in Northern Ireland.

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    Kirsten Hewitt Director of Homelessness Services
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    Áine Robinson Director of Finance and Business Support
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    Andrea McCooke Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
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  • Board of Directors

    The Simon Community NI Board of Directors are passionate about our mission to end homelessness and so offer their support, guidance and expertise to assist the day to day workings of our organisation.

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    Ignatius O'Doherty Chief Strategy Officer, Strategy Information Assurance and Management, NICS Enterprise Shared Services
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    Jason Johnston Company Secretary - Senior Commercial Lawyer, NI Water
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    Colm Donaghy Chief Executive in Health and Social Care Services (Retired)
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    Andrew Freeburn Civil Servant
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    ​Tara McAreavey Accounting Manager, Treasury Profit and Loss Division at Terex Global Business Services
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    Rodney Morton Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in the Nursing, Midwifery & AHP Directorate with the Department of Health
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    Mark O'Kane Chartered Valuation Surveyor
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