Colin O’Neill – CEO
For the past Ten years I have been the CEO of a fantastic charity and social enterprise in Belfast. Over that time we have maintained, managed and marketed a 200 acre forest park, a nine hole golf course, Ireland’s first Top Tracer floodlit driving range as well as four 3G small sided pitches; SKYTrek High Ropes Course, Mila’s Lake for kayaking and rafting, GYM 10, Belfast’s first Dome Covered pitch, Ireland’s first Mountain Coaster as well as Ireland’s longest zip line and of course the best Gruffalo trail in the land as well as offering services such as the hugely popular Bubble ball, laser tag, mountain biking, archery and orienteering. We are now undertaking to deliver a Master Plan for the Parks, one which will transform them into a major visitor attraction for Belfast.
Personally I have over 20 years Marketing experience, specialising in the services sector. Blue Skies, my consultancy company, attracted a number of high profile clients, and this followed 5 years as the marketing director at the Grand Opera House during its award winning extension project and 3 years as the marketing manager at the time of opening the Odyssey Arena. I also worked in Sports Development and Tourism.
Conor McCallion – Commercial Manager
My journey with Colin Glen began in January 2020, having previously worked in Sport and Leisure for 12 years with Queen’s and GLL. My role is to ensure that Colin Glen becomes the best visitor attraction in Ireland. I am charged with bringing local, national and international tourists to our fantastic facilities. As a charitable social enterprise, I want to ensure that we have a sustainable business and bring in revenue that will be reinvested into the park, facilities, local communities and further attractions
Kieran Kelly – Operations Manager
I started working with Colin Glen in November 2019. My role is to ensure the operational effectiveness of our site at Colin Glen Forest park. I have primary responsibility for all the activities offered at Colin Glen, the staff who help run them and the overall Health, safety and wellbeing who come to visit our Park. I have 10 years experience in Operations Management in a fast paced retail environment and previously 12 years experience within the Royal Mail group. I love coming to work everyday at Colin Glen as no day is the same and I have the luxury of having one of Northern Ireland’s greatest parks as my office.
Brendan Gallagher – Lead Instructor/Maintenance Manager
I have worked with Colin Glen for 6 years. I have led our ‘in house’ training and developed many of the current staff and have a wealth of industry experience in outdoor activities. I have responsibility for all the operational maintenance and safety of our activities and equipment. I also support our Park Ranger on day to day activities.
Alanna McDonnell – Activity Duty Manager
I have responsibility for the delivery of activities. I will ensure you get the best possible experience for Colin Glen whilst challenging your own limitations. Prior to my new role, I was a team leader for Prince’s Trust and had successfully delivered this programme at Colin Glen. I have always had a keen interest in the outdoors and has in the past been employed with Belfast hills, working in partnership on the conservation of Divis and Black mountains. I am proud to say that I have recently been promoted to Activity Duty Manager in February 2020.
Ryan Morris – Activity Duty Manager
I have been with Colin Glen for over 4 years.I had in the past successfully completed the 12 week Prince’s Trust programme. I gained a lot of outdoor experience in the industry before returning to Colin Glen. I am always looking to better myself and gain new qualifications.I am delighted to say that I was recently promoted to Activity Duty Manager in February 2020.
Paul Bennett – Park Ranger
I have worked for Colin Glen for over 20 years, I was one of the first volunteers and have been instrumental in ensuring the nature and beauty is preserved in Colin Glen. I deliver our educational visits and river studies for schools and colleges, providing walking tours explaining the history and the heritage of the Glen. Some years ago I was lucky to discover fossils of an Ichthyosaur and more recently a Plesiosaur stretching back to Jurassic times. You will see me out and about in the Forest Park, working on the upkeep of the Park.
Aaron Wylie – Complex Manager
Aaron began working at Colin Glen in October 2019. His main role is to ensure the smooth running of Colin Glen leisure facilities. He has 20 years hospitality and Leisure experience. Since his arrival at Colin Glen, he mentions that he has loved every minute of it and looks forward to enhancing the leisure experience at Colin Glen and seeing the organisation grow as a whole with new attractions being added to the forest park.
Peter Martin – PROFESSIONAL GOLF COACH
Peter is a PGA qualified golf coach with over 20 years experience, Peter has represented Ireland as an amateur and professional and has played on the Challenge Tour and European Tour, Peter provides lessons to a wide range of golfers at our Leisure site from beginners to elite amateurs to Professionals, Peter uses the latest technology with Trackman to give an in depth analysis. Peter has worked at Colin Glen for 12 years and has been an integral part of the management team, He has helped oversee the redevelopment of the leisure facilities including the introduction of Ireland’s first Top-Tracer driving range. For anyone looking to improve their golf game Peter is the perfect person to help you achieve this at our world class golf facility.
Johnny Flynn – LEISURE DUTY MANAGER
Johnny has worked at Colin Glen for four years, starting as a sports development officer and progressing to duty manager. I am the main point of contact for Colin Glen soccer camps and tournaments. Johnny has played professional football for clubs such as Blackburn and is also a UEFA B qualified coach.
Seanna Foster – LEISURE DUTY MANAGER
Seanna has worked at Colin Glen for four years progressing from sports development officer to duty manager. Seanna helps with the smooth running of the leisure facilities. He has previously played football for Sheffield Wednesday and currently play for Irish Premiership football team Cliftonville He also holds a Uefa B coaching qualification and is one of the lead coaches on Colin Glen Soccer camps.
Sonya craig – FINANCE OFFICER
Sonya has worked at Colin Glen for 20 years. She is responsible for the day to day maintenance and administration of all financial activity across our two sites, working closely with the Finance Manager to ensure the smooth running of the finance department.
SHARON MCCONVILLE – PERSONNEL OFFICER
Sharon has just celebrated 25 years working with Colin Glen Trust as a Personnel Officer. She is responsible for all HR needs of the company ensuring Colin Glen are always compliant with current legislation and promoting a harmonious working environment. Sharon is very proud to be part of such a fantastic company with the best team of people working hard to achieve great things!
NUALA LYTTLE – FINANCE MANAGER
Nuala has worked at Colin Glen Trust for the past eight years as Finance Manager. She is responsible for overseeing all financial procedures and ensuring that Colin Glen meets the criteria of its supporting funders. Nuala has over 30 years experience within a finance environment in various industries including 15 years in the Arts with The Grand Opera House, 10 years within manufacturing between snack foods with Munchie Foods Ltd and prepared veg for schools with Daily Fresh Ltd and 1 year in construction with Mivan Overseas Ltd.