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Our Board

Rachael Singleton (Chair)

A former Environmental Policy Advisor, Rachael Singleton is a Behavioural Scientist in the NI Innovation Lab. Here she applies psychology to the design and implementation of policy and to approaching societal challenges; from COVID transmission to debtor behaviour. Bringing an understanding of human behaviour and what influences it, she designs practical, fit for purpose interventions. Further to this, she is a PhD Researcher at Ulster University, researching pro-environmental behaviour change on beaches (more information here). In her PhD, she is formulating and testing a new blended behavioural and user-centred design approach aimed at improving engagement in policy development. Rachael is delighted to be involved in anything that engages a deeper understanding of human behaviour, and in particular where this can lead to better environmental and societal outcomes.

Dr Susann Power

Dr Susann Power is a Lecturer in Hospitality Management at Ulster University Business School. Prior to joining the department, Susann held the following academic posts: Lecturer in Business Ethics at the University of Surrey, and Teaching Fellow in Marketing at Ulster University Business School, where she was also appointed to Course Director for the MSc Marketing programme. Susann has ample industry experience; first, as Policy Initiatives Manager at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), and further as Operations Manager at environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. At WTTC, Susann was responsible for the successful execution of the coveted Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – a global, sustainable tourism award. Susann also holds a PhD in Sustainable Tourism from the University of Surrey.

Alan McVicker

Alan works for the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) as a Strategic Adviser and Head of the Council Support Unit. He joined SIB in 2008 to head up the waste Programme Delivery Support Unit (PDSU), supporting local and central government on the residual waste infrastructure programme. Between 2015 and 2019 he chaired a Circular Economy Steering Group seeking to establish Circular Economy principles on the NI Programme for Government. This work has led to SIB supporting central government since late 2019 in the development of a Circular Economy Strategic Framework for Northern Ireland. As Head of the SIB Council Support Unit, he leads a team supporting councils in the delivery of their capital programmes, with a particular emphasis on waste, sport & leisure, asset management and regeneration.

Prior to joining SIB, Alan lived and worked in Scotland for 20 years, where he was Scottish Director with the Shanks Group plc (now Renewi plc) and has worked for Scottish Futures Trust as an Associate Adviser on several large waste PPP projects. Alan is a Chartered Waste Manager and was Chair of the NI Centre of CIWM from 2013 – 2015. Alan is also a Gateway Reviewer with the NI Centre of Excellence. In late 2019, he undertook the Prince of Wales Business and Sustainability Programme at University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and now has access to a global network of sustainability leaders.

Keith Patterson

Keith has worked for the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) for over 15 years, and is currently a Sector Specialist in waste and recycling. He has a background in both the private and public sectors, including in local government where he was responsible for the development of waste strategies and front-line service delivery. At WRAP, Keith employs an evidence-based approach to the development of resource management strategies, behaviour change campaigns, tools, and resources which maximise the value and use of materials.

Keith holds a Master of Environmental Management from Ulster University and an MBA from the Open University. He is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM), and ISWA International Waste Manager.

Robert Clements

Robert Clements is the Head of Sustainable Development for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and leads on the Housing Executive’s Sustainable Development Strategy. He also manages the Home Energy Conservation Authority statutory functions for Northern Ireland. He currently leads a series of EU funded projects aimed at delivering innovative low-carbon retrofit solutions alongside householder education and empowerment. 

Robert has worked in social housing for over 20 years. His focus is residential energy efficiency, decarbonisation and mitigating fuel poverty through a just transition. 

Robert is a certified Passive House Consultant. He graduated from Ulster University in 1993 with a BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management and is professionally qualified via the Chartered Institute of Building.

Andrew Benfield

Andrew is currently Ireland Country Manager for Cenex, an independent, not-for-profit research technology organisation (RTO) and consultancy, specialising in zero emission transport and energy. Prior to joining Cenex, he worked as Transport Energy lead for the Department for the Economy as part of the Hydrogen and Advanced Technologies team, and before that led the Energy Saving Trust’s work on low and zero emission transport. His work has always involved helping individuals and businesses to decarbonise their energy consumption, demystifying difficult behaviour change or complex technical solutions to make them simpler to understand and easier to do. Andrew lives in Belfast with his partner and two children.

Jac Callan

Jac Callan works for Visit Belfast as Sustainability & Impact Manager. Working alongside Belfast City Council, tourism stakeholders, communities and other global networks she supports Belfast's journey towards becoming a leading sustainable tourism and events destination. Through a Sustainable Event Framework and social initiatives such as Changing The Menu. For Good, she works with incoming conferences to become more sustainable and positively impact the destination. With more than 15 years of experience in tourism, Jac is motivated to accelerate sustainable performance across the tourism & events industry.