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Colin Jess

Chief Executive

Colin took on the position of Chief Executive at Social Enterprise NI in June 2016 having spent 38 years working across local financial institutions. During his time mainly in Ulster Bank, Colin was a member of the senior management team within Business Banking. In the Bank Colin lead the Banks interaction and relationship with key stakeholders across, social enterprise, charity and voluntary sectors, as well as engaging with the Public Sector.

Amanda Johnston

Head of Business Development

Amanda’s carries out the role of Manager of Operations and Membership. She has been an integral part of the team at Social Enterprise NI (SENI) from the inception of the organisation in 2012 and remains to this day, the only original member of staff. Amanda’s knowledge of the sector is invaluable, and she eats, sleeps, breathes all things Social Enterprise.

Michelle Cassidy


Michelle has previously held marketing roles at Q Radio, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and PR agency, Rumour Mill PR. Clients included Foyleside Shopping Centre, The Gobbins and Belfast City Council. Michelle oversaw the PR and digital marketing strategy to launch The Gobbins tourist attraction in Northern Ireland and held the marketing tourism tender for Lisburn City Centre for two years.

Catherine Burns


Catherine has a wealth of experience in business management, administration, comms and event planning across several industries, including retail, creative, and fitness. She holds a BA Hons in Fashion & Textile Design from the University of Ulster and has extensive experience working with the public, community groups and local government. Having developed and managed her own fitness business.

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