Our Board

Terry Jarvis


Terry Jarvis is a retired BT engineer and a former member of the BT NI board and has just completed two terms as a board member on the NIFHA board. He has an excellent working knowledge of NIFHA and is aware of the main issues affecting the fishing industry. He holds no other public appointments and lives in Bangor.

Martin McDonald M.B.E.

Chair of the Risk and Assurance Committee

Martin McDonald is from Newry. He began his career as a town planner and later worked for The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He retired in 2011 from a post as Chief Executive Officer of the NI Rural Development Council. Martin is a former Board Member of Newry Credit Union and was also former Interim Chair of The NI Heritage Lottery Fund. He current holds a non executive position on the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Kate Burns

Kate Burns is MD of Ocean Veg Ireland Ltd based in Rathlin Island and has a Rathlin Fishing family background. She has had a varied professional career including CEO of ICBAN and Director at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and was appointed a Trustee of Belfast Metropolitan College in September 2015.

Helen Henderson

Helen Henderson is from Limavady and is the Chief Executive of St Columb’s Park House Peace and Reconciliation Centre. She has spent most of her working life in the community / voluntary sector and holds a Masters’ degree in Business Studies. Helen is a Board Member of Children in Crossfire and is passionate about sustainable development, equality and global justice.

David Hill

Davey Hill – has been involved in the Fishing industry for some 30 years, as a skipper and vessel owner and more recently as a Director of ANIFPO/SeaSource, where he has particular responsibility for SeaSource Offshore operations. He has held a number of representative roles, including a previous President of NFFO.

George McIlroy

George McIlroy is a previous Chief Executive of the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute and a previous Chief Scientific Officer and
Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer in DARD. He has a wide experience of committee work at Board level in the Private and Public sectors. George lives in Belfast and is a Trustee of the National Museums NI, an Independent Member of the TB (Tuberculosis) Strategic Partnership Group and a Board Member of the Western Health and Social Services Trust.