Advisory Panel
Development Phase

The Advisory Panel’s Primary Responsibilities:

• Strategic planning
• Input into the structure and content of the DVD. Input into the structure, content and methodology of the Workshop Education Programme
• Monitoring of the progress of the project with the different target groups

The Advisory Panel members:

Alan McCully is a lecturer in Education at the University of Ulster at Coleraine where he has responsibility for History and Citizenship education at primary and post-primary levels. His research interests are in the fields of History teaching, community and young peoples' sense of national identity, and in the handling of controversial issues. As practitioner and researcher he has engaged with two of the more direct community relations initiatives in formal education: the Schools' ‘Cultural studies Project’ in the 1970s and ‘Speak Your Piece’ in the 1990s. The latter also had a strong non-formal youth sector dimension and its work significantly influenced the practice working group of the JEDI (Joined in Equality, Diversity and Interdependence) initiative. Currently Alan is co-ordinating an IFI / Department of Education project aimed at further embedding community relations principles in initial teacher Education.

Brian Dougherty has been involved in community development work for 12 years. He is coordinator of the Tullyalley & District Development Group (Waterside, Londonderry), a community development project that has turned around the perception of a loyalist/unionist area that formally had a reputation for being introverted and ghettoized. Currently on a one year secondment to the Fountain Estate (Londonderry), he has recently set up the West Bank Initiative to carry forward socio-economic development in that area. Brian is the youngest member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board and is the community development representative on the Northern Ireland Civic Forum - currently in suspension. Additionally he sits on the Boards of the Waterside Area Partnership, TRIAX and Foyle Downs Syndrome Trust and is secretary of the Northern Ireland Cricket Association as well as chairman of a local senior cricket club. He has recently also become a member of the business community as he is now a shop-owner.

Dave Duggan is a writer and director. He is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Sole Purpose Productions which creates and utilises theatre as a tool to creatively illuminate social and public issues. His radio dramas have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and on RTE Radio 1. His stage work has been seen throughout Ireland as well as in New York, Liverpool and at the Edinburgh Fringe. His film work includes the Oscar nominated ‘Dance Lexie Dance’ which creatively explores the potential for cross-fertilisation between the two cultural traditions in Ireland. Dave lives in Derry/Londonderry where he previously worked as a bookseller, a youth worker and a conflict resolution consultant. This last role took him throughout Ireland, as well as abroad to Israel, Slovenia, Poland and Burundi. He holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster.

Diane Greer is the Training & Development officer with the Workers Education Association (WEA). Based in Derry her responsibility is for the design, organisation and facilitation of their adult education, and their adult education Training The Trainer programme in the community/voluntary sector. Her particular focus is the development of programmes that can contribute to building a sustainable peace. She was directly responsible for ‘Creating Collaborative Advantage’ a programme designed to encourage and support the sector/s to develop models of joint-working as a way of sustaining their work post the peace monies.

Martin Melarkey is Co-founder and Director of Strategy at the Nerve Centre, an innovative multimedia educational resource development and training centre as well as a dynamic centre of youth culture, based in the heart of Derry.

He has been the producer of many films and multimedia productions, including the Virtual Museum of Colm Cille CD-rom on celtic monasticism, The Symbols educational CD-roms on the historical events in Ireland in 1916 and 1798 , the animated Cu Chulainn series and the King's Wake animated film (winner of the 2001 Celtic Film and Television Festival Award), all of which incorporate cultural diversity themes and issues alongside stunning design work and state of the art digital technologies.

Martin also has a strategic role in the Nerve Centre's flagship cultural project, the annual Foyle Film Festival (now in its 16th year) and has responsibility for DCAL funded strategic projects such as the Culture Northern Ireland website and the Creative Learning Centre.

He has been a Board Member of the Combined Arts Committee of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Derry Theatre Trust, the NI Events Company and NI Millennium Company.