Emily Brough

Emily has been working as a Volunteering and Participation Consultant with the National Trust in Northern Ireland since September 2018, with a focus on developing new approaches to urban engagement.

Over the past year, she has been working in Belfast, supporting the local team to develop more inclusive and participative ways of working with the communities around their outdoor places in the city. This includes Divis and the Black Mountain, a site owned by the Ministry of Defence until 2005, when the National Trust took it into their care, opening it up for public use.

Emily was the organisation’s lead in the first wave of OF/BY/FOR ALL, a global initiative set up by Nina Simon from the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, to help organisations become more of, by and for the community, and has been using this approach to develop stronger relationships with communities neighbouring the mountain, youth and wellbeing groups in particular.

Prior to joining the National Trust, Emily worked in a community engagement role with Queen’s University Belfast, developing community initiatives with students, local residents and agencies.  She also worked on the pilot of the National Citizens Service, supporting 15-16 year olds in Cookstown to develop projects on issues they identified as important, and developed equality and diversity initiatives with student leaders through NUS-USI, the umbrella body for students’ unions in Northern Ireland. She has also worked on a number of initiatives aiming to address community relations and legacy issues arising from the conflict in Northern Ireland, including work with the Irish Churches Peace Project, and Belfast City Council Good Relations.

Emily’s session Masterclass: The Art of Relevance

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