Meet The Team

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David Walsh,
Operations Director

I have worked for the company for over 8 years. I love leading an organisation that strives to continuously improve the services we provide to young people locally, nationally and internationally.

As an Operations Director, I have co-responsibility for our organisation's overall management and direction. This includes the development, management and delivery of Advantage's business and operational plans.

E:   david@advantage-ni.com
T:    028 9335 6730
M:  077 9418 8803

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Julie Steele,
Operations Director

I have been with Advantage for just over 3 years. It has been a fast-paced learning environment and I have enjoyed every minute of working with a company where the sole focus is improving the lives of the marginalised young people we engage with.

As one of our Operations Directors, I have co-responsibility for our organisation, the overall management and direction. This includes developing, managing and delivering Advantage's business and operational plans.

E:   julie@advantage-ni.com
T:    028 9335 6730
M:  079 7061 6163

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Nikki Partridge,
Senior Project Officer

I have been with Advantage since 2019. My role involves managing the delivery of our accredited qualifications and working with our trainees on an individual basis. Helping to support them into employment, training or education and back into their local communities once released from custody.

I love working for a company dedicated to unleashing the potential of individuals most marginalised from society, as this is what I am passionate about, particularly working with individuals within the Criminal Justice System. 

E:   nikki@advantage-ni.com
M:  077 6122 4380

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Kenzie Reed,
Senior Project Officer

E:   kenzie@advantage-ni.com
M:  077 1564 4070

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Paul Drain,
Project Officer

I have been a Project Officer with Advantage since 2019. I have over 30 years of experience in the Print Industry. My role involves providing technical support to our growing Social Enterprise, Mugshots, a Design & Print Studio based in Hydebank. A key function of my role is to support our Quest participants in their training and developing their employment skills by overseeing the work experience they receive through our projects.

E:   paul@advantage-ni.com
M:  077 0634 3073

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Mathew McFall,
Project Officer

I joined The Advantage Foundation in 2021. As project officer, my role revolves around our trainees; managing their day-to-day activities, their work experience and delivering the qualifications available to them at Ravine. I am the point of contact for all referrals to Ravine, whether that's a young person self-referring, through key workers from BHSCT or referrals from other 3rd Sector organisations.

In my role, I get to see first-hand the positive difference our project makes each day. Helping to create a positive space at our Ravine Nature Reserve for our trainees and the general public has been incredibly rewarding.

E:   mathew@advantage-ni.com
M:  077 0635 6596

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Matthew Campbell,
Marketing & Communications Officer

I have been with Advantage since the start of 2022, overseeing and carrying out the marketing and communications of our Social Enterprises and social impact projects. My role focuses on growing the awareness of our projects and developing the customer experience. As well as marketing and building the brands through planning, research, content, communication, and digital channels.

Working for a unique and forward-thinking company and with passionate colleagues has been a fantastic opportunity. Seeing the impact our projects have on the marginalised young people we work with never gets old.

E:   matthew.c@advantage-ni.com
M:  075 4882 9921