Ms. Aideen McGinley

INTA Member
Ilex Urban Regeneration Company

Chief Executive Officer

Northern Ireland

Ms. Aideen McGinley

Aideen has been Chief Executive of Ilex since September 2009, having previously held Permanent Secretary positions with the Department for Employment and Learning and with the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure. In this role she was instrumental in the creation of the first Arts and Cultural Strategy for NI. She was formerly Chief Executive of Fermanagh District Council. She has worked in Community Services and Economic Development in Strabane and Fermanagh and as a Planner in Donegal.
She is a member of the cross NI Committee of the British Council, the NI Chief Executives’ Forum and the Fermanagh Trust. She led the cross government unlocking creativity initiative, the Belfast bid for European City of Culture 2008 and chaired the millennium centre. She has been involved in UK and Regional bodies, the University for Industry, the National Lotteries Charities Board, Rural Development Council, Business in the Community, Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, Bank of Ireland, NI Millennium Company, Verbal Arts Centre, BBC Appeals Committee, the Omagh Fund, ICBAN, and the 2010 Steering Group amongst others.

She is involved in a wide range of community, economic, cultural and rural development initiatives and has published papers and spoken widely on her experience of local development, whole systems approaches, cultural and civic entrepreneurship and leadership. She was awarded an honorary Degree and an OBE in 2004.

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