We are passionate about the work of Rural Action and that is why we volunteer our time

Tracey McNally

Building on a successful and enjoyable fourteen plus year career in rural development, Tracey now focuses on developing and growing the family manufacturing business, Ecohog Ltd, exporting waste separation technology and expertise worldwide. Tracey joined the Board of Rural Action as founding Director in March 2019. Tracey was appointed Chair in April 2020.

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Maggie Bryson

Maggie is a retired local government official having previously worked in community relations as Head of Community Services within Cookstown District Council. Maggie has extensive experience in working with communities particularly where there is division and in the development and implementation of community based projects. Maggie is the current Chair of Mid Ulster Women’s Aid. Maggie joined the Board of Rural Action as founding Director in March 2019.

Shaun Henry

Shaun has over 20 years’ experience at senior management in the public sector in Northern Ireland. Currently working with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Shaun had previous extensive experience in the design, delivery and monitoring of EU structural funds and cross border programmes, including rural development. Earlier in his career he spent a number of years working in East Africa and Romania working on people focused development initiatives. Shaun joined the Board of Rural Action in January 2020.

Dr Maura Farrell

Dr Maura Farrell is a full-time lecturer in the School of Geography and Archaeology within the Discipline of Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Maura’s teaching reflects her research specialism which revolves around Rural and Agricultural Geography and her interests focus on processes of social, cultural and economic change for rural inhabitants. Maura joined the Board of Rural Action in October 2019.