Senior Management

NICMA’s Senior Management team are responsible for both the strategic and operational development of the organisation.

Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Patricia was appointed as NICMA Director in April 2017.
Patricia served as Commissioner for Children & Young People from January 2007-2015.  A former MLA and district councillor, Patricia has a long track record of working for children, young people and women.
She led efforts in the Assembly to put Area Child Protection Committees on a statutory basis.  Also as an MLA Patricia set up All Party Working groups on children, disabilities and poverty.
Patricia remarried in 2011 and has 5 children, 2 step children and 9 grandchildren.

Karena McErlean

Deputy Executive Officer

Email Address Phone Number07921929058 Phone Number02891 246044
Karena is a graduate of Stranmillis University where she received a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies.

Since graduation Karena was employed in Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children for 4 years as a Hospital Play Specialist during this time completing the professional Diploma in Specialised Play.
For the past seven years Karena has been employed in the community sector in West Belfast in Blackie River Community Groups based in Beechmount in West Belfast, as Childcare Coordinator and most recently in the position of Greater Falls Family Support Hub Coordinator.
Karena is currently studying a Msc in Children’s Rights at Queens University Belfast.

Susan joined NICMA in 2004 as an NVQ Assessor as part of NICMA’s JEWEL Project. Through funding available on the project she completed an Internal Verifiers Award and the Training the Trainers qualification. When the project ended in 2006 she remained with NICMA as a sessional tutor but gained experience in other organisations delivering a diverse range of training both within and outside of the early years sector.  In June 2007 she completed the NVQ Level 4 in Co-ordination of Learning and Development Provision and in May 2009 achieved a First Class Honours in a B.A. Education (Hons) Degree at Worcester University.  Susan has also completed the ILM Level 5 Award and Certificate in Management.

In November 2007 Susan was appointed to the post of Training Officer in NICMA which enabled her to return to the early years sector and from March 2014 was appointed Training Manager.  Susan is involved in the design and delivery of a wide range of training to childminders and other early year’s practitioners across the province.  As part of the training team she reviews and updates courses to reflect current knowledge and best practice.  

NICMA believes that childminders play a fundamental role in meeting the individual needs of young children and through training they can help NICMA achieve its vision to create and sustain a workforce with the skills and knowledge to deliver high quality childminding services.


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