Antrim Coast & Glens AONB Management Group


Cllr. Roy Craig, Larne Borough Council (Chairman)

Roy was elected to Larne Borough Council in 1997. Served as Mayor 2004/5. He is a qualified teacher of Mathematics but also has many years’ experience as a publican. Now semi-retired his interests include bowls, both indoor and outdoor, cars, reading historical and crime novels, and horse-racing. One of his favourite sites in the locality is Cranny Falls, where he enjoys the quiet walk and splendid views across Carnlough Bay. The leisurely walk, taking little more than an hour, follows the old mineral path from the picturesque harbour in Carnlough up to Cranny Waterfall in Gortin Quarry.

Roy is looking forward to the restoration of the Gobbins path and the busloads of tourists that will arrive and stay in the area to experience nearly three miles of heart-stopping paths, bridges and tunnels along the magnificent Gobbins cliffs, just a few feet above the waves of the Irish Sea, an amazing testament to the Victorian entrepreneurial spirit. Roy’s vision for the future of the area is that the Trust and other stakeholders involved in protected area management will be congratulated on the way they have managed the Causeway Coast & Glens area and that the evidence of their work and dedication is apparent in the landscape.

Cllr. Donal Cunningham, Moyle District Council (Vice Chairman)

Cllr. Hubert Nicholl, Ballymena Borough Council

Alderman Hubert Nicholl has been a member of Ballymena Borough Council for over 25 years. He has also served three years as Mayor of the Borough.

Hubert’s environmental experience and environmental management has been gained from being a farmer for over 50 years, managing a dairy farm.

He also serves as Vice-Chairman of Northern Ireland Drainage Council which includes great involvement in environmental issues.

Hubert is Chair of ARC 21 Joint Committee for Waste Management involving eleven councils which are obviously involved in environmental matters.

Other appointments Alderman Hubert Nicholl serves are: Vice Chair of Northern Ireland Library Board and Northern Ireland Chair of the Association for Public Service Excellence as well as serving on The National Council of A.P.S.E.

Lindsay Dunlop, Countryside & Access Officer for Ballymena Borough Council

I have been employed as the Countryside & Access Officer for Ballymena Borough Council since 2000 and during that time have been involved in developing two Way- marked Ways in the Antrim Coast and Glens AONB – The Dungonnell Way and the Antrim Hills Way. It would be great if there were more routes available in the hills; not only for walkers but also for horse riders.

Outside of work a lot of my time is spent not only on keeping an eye on our two daughters but also paying close attention to perfecting my golf swing.

Another fervent Tottenham Hotspur supporter!!!

Kathleen McBride, Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Since joining the NITB in 2004, I have been Causeway Coast & Glens Manager. My role is to co-ordinate the Causeway Coast & Glens Tourism Masterplan and encourage product development throughout the region. Enhancing the Causeway Coastal Route as a tourism destination is still a priority. As NITB funds the CCGHT, I attend the board meetings.

Although I live in Toomebridge now, I come from Nappan, a small townland north of Carnlough, which overlooks the sea and coastline but is sheltered by a steep wooded mountain behind. My summer holidays were spent helping on the farm and playing on the beach. My favourite place is Ringfad which is a small, quiet beach with silky grey sand. I still enjoy days there with my family.

My vision for the region is to be a vibrant, rural area where visitors can enjoy the landscape and traditions.

Don Wilmont, Regional Tourism Partnership

Don Wilmont is Manager of Causeway Coast and Glens Regional Tourism Partnership. He has over 30 years’ experience of tourism marketing and development in both the public and private sectors.

Currently, tourism in the region generates approximately £540m and support approximately 8800 full time job equivalents – Don’s vision for the area in the next 10 years is to at least double these benefits for the region.

His favourite site, not just in Causeway Coast and Glens, but in the whole of Ireland, is the panoramic view of Whitepark Bay.

Outside of work, Don has had a lifetime interest in all forms of motorsport, particularly rallying. Having competed at international level as a co-driver, he has fulfilled the role of Championship coordinator for the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship for the past 12 years.

He is also a fervent Tottenham Hotspur supporter!!!

Ainsley McWilliams, Larne Borough Council
David Quinny-Mee, Rathlin Development & Community Association
Frank Devlin, National Trust
Gregory Woulahan, RSPB
Conor McKinney, Ulster Wildlife
Clare Dore, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Sandi Howie, NIEA
Mervyn Orr, Roads Service
Kerrie McGonigle, Moyle District Council
Lindsay Dunlop, Ballymena Borough Council
Elaine Anderson, DOE Planning Service
Mark Parker, Forest Service
Noel Fenning, Department for Regional Development
Harry Connolly, Ballymoney Borough Council
Sonya Crawford, Ballymoney Borough Council

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