The Board of Trustees
In 1857, local man Tom Gallaher started a tobacco business in Londonderry which eventually grew to become the fifth-largest tobacco company in the world. In 2007, Japan Tobacco bought Gallaher and it became part of JTI. The story in Ballymena began in 1942 when Gallaher Limited opened a new manufacturing facility. Over the next 75 years, this factory played a major role in the community by providing highly skilled, well paid jobs and generous support for local charitable causes. Sadly the factory closed in 2017 due to declining sales and increasing regulation. In response to the closure, and in recognition of 75 years’ presence in Ballymena, JTI donated a £5 million legacy to help support the local community. This legacy is delivered through the new independent charity called The Gallaher Trust.
Ian Paisley MP
Ian Paisley MP
Ian is the Member of Parliament for North Antrim, being first elected to this post in 2010. Before that, Ian served for 13 years in the Northern Ireland Assembly as MLA for North Antrim and, between 2007-2008, as Junior Minister in the office of First and Deputy First Minister. Ian also served for seven years as a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board. He is a published author and a columnist.
Karen Reynolds
Karen Reynolds
Karen is Head of Community Relations, UK, at JTI (Japan Tobacco International). Prior to this, Karen was an HR professional within Gallaher Ltd. for over 20 years. Karen currently has full responsibility for creating JTI’s community investment programmes and partnerships across the UK, which help to support adults who are less-advantaged to improve their quality of life and also help make the arts more accessible to all. Karen was actively involved in creating and establishing The Gallaher Trust.
Anne Donaghy
Anne Donaghy
Anne is Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and previously held the post of Chief Executive of Ballymena Borough Council since 2009. She was appointed the first female Chair of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) during 2016/17 and sits on a number of regional and UK steering bodies. Anne has a rich background of experience across Local Government, and for many years has successfully fulfilled a range of posts, from frontline services delivery to strategic planning.
I am delighted to be the inaugural chair of The Gallaher Trust. The Trust will offer its long term support to the local Ballymena community through charitable and not-for-profit partners who have the expertise in creating and delivering projects that support job creation, skills development and help for disadvantaged adults. Ian Paisley MP
James Perry MBE
James Perry MBE
James Perry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and has held Senior Management positions in Northern Ireland Electricity and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. James is currently Chair of Ulster Supported Employment Ltd which is a Non Departmental Public Body and is also actively involved in number of organisations based in the Ballymena area. James was awarded an MBE in the Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours for services to the Ballymena community.
Pat McCallion
Pat McCallion
Pat is currently the Secretary of Ballymena Credit Union, a past Chairman and member for over 42 years. Pat worked for Gallaher/JTI for 42 years and, in 1985, was elected Senior Shop Steward, Transport and General Workers Trade Union; a position he held for 20 years, having been re-elected on 10 consecutive occasions. During this time, he played a key role in changes within the factory and as part of an industry responding to Government plans for increasing tobacco legislation and regulation.
Jacqueline Williamson MBE
Jacqueline Williamson MBE
Jacqueline is the founder and Chief Executive of Kinship Care Northern Ireland. Jacqueline has 20 years' experience working in senior positions within the voluntary and community sectors and has also established several social enterprises. In March 2014, Jacqueline was awarded ‘Overall Woman of the Year’ by Derry City and Strabane District Council and has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's 2018 New Years' Honours for services to carers and children in Northern Ireland.
Mark Nodder OBE
Mark Nodder OBE
Mark is Chairman & CEO for Wrights Group Ltd. Mark is also a member of the International Trade Advisory Council of the British Chambers of Commerce, a member of the Economic Advisory Group to the Northern Ireland Economy Minister and a Board Member of Invest NI. In June 2015, Mark was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours with the award of an OBE for Services to the Economy.
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The Board of Trustees
In 1857, local man Tom Gallaher started a tobacco business in Londonderry which eventually grew to become the fifth-largest tobacco company in the world. In 2007, Japan Tobacco bought Gallaher and it became part of JTI. The story in Ballymena began in 1942 when Gallaher Limited opened a new manufacturing facility. Over the next 75 years, this factory played a major role in the community by providing highly skilled, well paid jobs and generous support for local charitable causes. Sadly the factory closed in 2017 due to declining sales and increasing regulation. In response to the closure, and in recognition of 75 years’ presence in Ballymena, JTI donated a £5 million legacy to help support the local community. This legacy is delivered through the new independent charity called The Gallaher Trust.
I am delighted to be the inaugural chair of The Gallaher Trust. The Trust will offer its long term support to the local Ballymena community through charitable and not-for-profit partners who have the expertise in creating and delivering projects that support job creation, skills development and help for disadvantaged adults. Ian Paisley MP
The Board of Trustees
In 1857, local man Tom Gallaher started a tobacco business in Londonderry which eventually grew to become the fifth-largest tobacco company in the world. In 2007, Japan Tobacco bought Gallaher and it became part of JTI. The story in Ballymena began in 1942 when Gallaher Limited opened a new manufacturing facility. Over the next 75 years, this factory played a major role in the community by providing highly skilled, well paid jobs and generous support for local charitable causes. Sadly the factory closed in 2017 due to declining sales and increasing regulation. In response to the closure, and in recognition of 75 years’ presence in Ballymena, JTI donated a £5 million legacy to help support the local community. This legacy is delivered through the new independent charity called The Gallaher Trust.
I am delighted to be the inaugural chair of The Gallaher Trust. The Trust will offer its long term support to the local Ballymena community through charitable and not-for-profit partners who have the expertise in creating and delivering projects that support job creation, skills development and help for disadvantaged adults. Ian Paisley MP
The Board of Trustees
In 1857, local man Tom Gallaher started a tobacco business in Londonderry which eventually grew to become the fifth-largest tobacco company in the world. In 2007, Japan Tobacco bought Gallaher and it became part of JTI. The story in Ballymena began in 1942 when Gallaher Limited opened a new manufacturing facility. Over the next 75 years, this factory played a major role in the community by providing highly skilled, well paid jobs and generous support for local charitable causes. Sadly the factory closed in 2017 due to declining sales and increasing regulation. In response to the closure, and in recognition of 75 years’ presence in Ballymena, JTI donated a £5 million legacy to help support the local community. This legacy is delivered through the new independent charity called The Gallaher Trust.
I am delighted to be the inaugural chair of The Gallaher Trust. The Trust will offer its long term support to the local Ballymena community through charitable and not-for-profit partners who have the expertise in creating and delivering projects that support job creation, skills development and help for disadvantaged adults. Ian Paisley MP