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Our Team

Nichola Hughes

Nichola Hughes is Director of Sustainable Northern Ireland. She also manages the Sustainable Development Forum, a network of local government officers working together to drive forward the sustainable development agenda in Northern Ireland.

Previously, Nichola was on the secretariat of the Climate Change Advisory Council, where she supported the council in providing advice to government on climate change policy in Ireland. Prior to that, she managed the Mayor of London's flagship domestic retrofit programme (RE:NEW) and has delivered several local government initiatives in the UK suporting the transition to a low carbon economy.

Nichola has a MSc in Climate Change from the University of East Anglia and her early career focussed on climate change and resilience planning within local government. Nichola now sits on the Steering Group of Climate Northern Ireland.  

Luis Arina

Luis Arina is the Communications Manager for Sustainable Northern Ireland. He has worked in projects across a number of different fields, especially in the sports sector. Luis is from Spain and has come to Belfast on a Global Training Program to apply his knowledge to the business development, customer engagement and communication activities of Sustainable NI.  

Previously Luis worked on a well-known online platform for sport events in Spain, supporting their organisation, administration and management. Previous to that he set up a consultancy company and ran innovation projects together with international companies and also local companies in Spain. These projects were related to business plan development, user experience improvement, entrepreneurial training and internationalisation plans.

Luis has a degree in Leadership Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Leinn), based on a Finnish educational methodology, with the aim of setting up an entrepreneurial profile for the development of innovative projects.