Our Board of Directors
Don Leeson is Chair of ESC. He is Director of Corporate Services at the Labour Relations Agency. Previous roles include Director of Operations at the NI Consumer Council, Employment Relations Manager at the LRA, Head of Corporate Services for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Head of Disability Policy at the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Quality Manager for Investors in People UK, and a Management Consultant. Don is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MSc in Managing Change and a serious interest in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ruth Gray is a dentist with HMP Hydebank Wood and a social activist whose project The Camper of Dreams is helping people across NI focus on what they want for their lives and their country. She is interested in developing further links between ESC and prisons. @camperofdreams
Heather Moorhead is the Treasurer of ESC and the Director of The Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Services. She brings her experience of working at a high strategic level in Northern Ireland to ESC. She also has a great range of necklaces!
Michael Love has been working with offenders and those who are at risk of offending for many years. Recently retired from the catering industry and voluntary youth work, he serves as a school governor and on the committee of Thompson House Criminal Justice Hostel, and has taken up a post with the Northern Ireland Prison Service working with offenders between court and custody. He spent a voluntary year in a childrens home in South Africa, and more recently served a 3 year term on the Independent Monitoring Board of Hydebank YOC, where, with a colleague, he successfully set up the Fresh Start Initiative to pair inmates with external mentors prior to release.
Heather McFarlane is the Assistant Service Manager for Older People’s Mental Health & Dementia at the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. She has an extensive track record in occupational therapy and an interest in using creative tools to help people build constructive and positive lives.