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A Note From Jim Dennison, Chief Executive

Jim Dennison has been Chief Executive of the Simon Community NI since January 2014. Prior to this, Jim was Head of Operations at the Chartered Institute of Housing – a professional membership body supporting those who work in housing and homelessness. He holds an Honours Degree in Politics from the Queen’s University of Belfast and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Regional and Local Development from the Dublin Institute of Technology. 

Jim is a husband, a dad to three young children, a part-time runner, a life-long Liverpool FC supporter and a heavy metal fan! 

“With more and more people becoming homeless every day the work of Simon Community NI has never been more important. We see individuals from all walks of life becoming homeless for a variety of different and often complex reasons. We know that homelessness can strike anyone. 

I believe that homelessness - with the right political and community will, proper investment and more innovative services – can be ended. We at Simon Community NI will do all we can to end homelessness in Northern Ireland.”

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  • Senior Management

    Simon Community NI’s Senior Management Team has a wealth of experience to draw from in the fight against homelessness in Northern Ireland.

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    Robin Arbuthnot Director of Human Resources and Development
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    Siobhan Laverty Director of Finance and Business Support
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    Kevin Bailey Director of Homelessness Services
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  • Heads Of Services

    Our Heads of Service offer expertise across five key areas to ensure our clients’ individual requirements are managed effectively. They have considerable experience in the fields of accommodation, young people, health, well-being & practice development and homelessness prevention.

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    Simon Jones Head of Accommodation Services
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    Karen McAlister Head of Young People Services
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    Kelan McClelland Head of Homeless Prevention Services
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    Eoin Ryan Head of Health, Wellbeing & Practice Development
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  • Board of Directors

    The Simon Community NI Board of Directors are passionate about our mission to end homelessness and so offer their support, guidance and expertise to assist the day to day workings of our organisation.

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    Colm Donaghy Chief Executive in Health and Social Care Services (Retired)
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