Tim Newell

Over 30 years’ experience in the creative and broadcasting industries. Over 20 years’ experience in television production, in roles including Producer/Director/Creative in broadcast, including producing and directing BBC TV, Radio, and Multi-platform campaigns, trained editor with Media 100, Final Cut Pro, Cool Edit Pro and Adobe Suite. 5 years’ experience in Public Relations, Marketing/Sales/Project Management.

Tony Gallagher

Professor Gallagher is considered one of the world’s leading academic experts on the role of education in divided societies.
Tony Gallagher has worked for over 15 years on shared education promoting social cohesion and school improvement in communities in Northern Ireland, Israel, and Los Angeles. This is part of a career-long focus of work on the role of education in divided societies, including work on minority rights, equality policy, and the role of education in ethnic conflict. He has dedicated many years as a voluntary director to numerous non-profits in peace and reconciliation, and education, and is a current Board Member of Wave Trauma Centre.

Andrew Drylie
Andrew Drylie is a private equity and venture capital professional. He is Investment Manager at Quadri Ventures.  Andrew graduated from the University of Nottingham with LLB Honours in Law. Andrew is a member of Green Shoots (EISA). Andrew has also successfully obtained the EISA diploma and holds the Investment Management Certificate for the UK Context (IMC). He has campaigned and fundraised for social initiatives aimed at helping men in professional capacities speak more openly around mental health issues. He is a capped Northern Ireland International Footballer and ex-professional footballer.

Rick O'Shea
Rick O’Shea is a broadcaster with RTE - currently on RTE Gold. He has previously been a presenter on RTE2FM and with The Book Show on RTE Radio 1.
He runs Ireland’s largest book club, The Rick O’Shea Book Club on Facebook and also runs Christmas Appeal for the club each year. He is also involved in the literary world through other work such as hosting public author interviews at festivals all around the country and presenting and judging various literary awards. Rick has been literary curator for the UCD Festival since 2020. He is a patron of Epilepsy Ireland.

Colm Ó Cuanacháin
Colm was appointed Executive Director of Fighting Words in 2023 and he serves as the Fighting Words ROI rep at FWNI. He joined Fighting Words in 2020 as Education Director. Colm worked in human rights and development education with Comhlámh, served as Secretary General of Amnesty International in Dublin, as head of campaigns with ActionAid International and as Senior Director with Amnesty International in London. He was a primary school teacher in Gaelscoil na Cille and principal at Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan and Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn Educate Together in Cork. Colm has a PhD in human rights education from the University of Leicester.

Paul Connolly
Paul Connolly is a songwriter and lyricist with NI alternative rock band, The Wood Burning Savages. The band have appeared numerous times at Glastonbury festival and are two-time winners of the Northern Ireland Music Prize. 
Connolly is a frequent voice on both BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle as an Arts & Cultural correspondent, Sunday Show panellist and recently a poet on BBC Radio 3 in collaboration with the Ulster Orchestra. As well as writing for NI-based magazine, Dig With It, he is also heavily involved in Community Arts workshop facilitation, operating on behalf of the Nerve Centre as a lecturer in Events Management and on various community-focused projects alongside Prince's Trust, Education Authority and many others.