Meet the team

Kate Thompson – Director

Kate has overall responsibility for the management and development of the DofE in Northern Ireland through dedicated staff, Northern Ireland Ambassador Network and DofE Manager Committees, Licensed Organisations and the wider DofE network.

Julie McGimpsey – Operations Officer

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Julie is responsible for supporting the delivery of the DofE programme, monitoring and enhancing the quality of delivery, supporting Licensed Organisations and training delivery. Julie is responsible for developing and growing the operation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award/Joint Award Initiative programme throughout Northern Ireland.

James McClements – Office Manager

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James is responsible for managing the Office and the Administration Team, Northern Ireland Gold Award Presentations and events, support for Kate, finance and Assessor accreditation, along with all administrative processes in the Office. James is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder and has been involved with DofE through the Boys’ Brigade over 15 years, he is an Expedition Supervisor, Accredited Assessor and Award Verifier.

Karen Lawther – Centre Support Officer

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Karen is responsible for supporting Licensed Organisations and centres with the delivery of DofE/JAI, Expedition support for Leaders, delivery of Training, eDofE and administration. Karen has been involved with DofE as a volunteer for over 20 years and is an Expedition Supervisor, Accredited Assessor and Award Verifier.

Helen Ward – Administrative Assistant (maternity leave)

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Helen is responsible for incoming telephone and website enquiries, administration including training courses and to support the other roles, Helen is also an Award Verifier.

Tristan Bell – Administrative Assistant 

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Tristan is responsible for incoming telephone and website enquiries, administration including training courses and to support the other roles, Tristan is also an Award Verifier. Tristan is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder.

Peter Gregg – Expedition Network Co-ordinator (Seasonal)

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Peter is responsible for the administration of Expedition Notifications for the NI Wild Country Areas.

David Martin – Expedition Network Co-ordinator

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