Extern's People

Charlie Mack

Chief Executive Officer

Charlie Mack was appointed CEO of Extern in July 2013.

He previously held the posts of Group Director and NI Director at the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Prior to this he worked in the statutory and international private sectors in England until taking up a career in the voluntary sector in NI. He was also a senior manager in the NI Council for Integrated Education and the National Trust. He completed his MBA at this time and won a prestigious scholarship for voluntary sector management at Boston College, USA.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is a Board Member of the Local Government Staff Commission and the Big Lottery Fund. He was previously a Non Executive Director of the Fire and Rescue Service and Committee Chair at the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

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Danny McQuillan

Danny McQuillan

Director of Services

Danny joined Extern in March 2014 as Director of Services. He was formerly Director of Positive Life - Northern Ireland's only voluntary sector organisation providing dedicated support to all people affected by HIV. Prior to leading Positive Life his roles included Head of Development for the Multiple Sclerosis Society NI and Area Manager with the Alzheimer’s Society.

For over twenty years Danny has worked in the community and voluntary sector holding a variety of positions both voluntarily and in paid capacities. In his role as Director of Services, Danny draws on his particular areas of expertise which include service development and delivery, service commissioning and quality assurance, policy development, public relations, fundraising and social media development.

Danny oversees the delivery of a range of services to people who are homeless, people leaving prison, those living with an addiction and providing support to refugees.

As the Director of Services for 'Young People and Families’ and ‘Communities' on an all-Ireland basis, he is responsible for providing leadership to the directorate, ensuring a long-term strategy is in place and that it is achieving its objectives in full as well as maintaining and substantially growing service provision across all-Ireland and assessing potential for growth into other geographic areas
Danny also line manages the Extern Works Project which provides a range of training and support services including essential and soft skills through to vocational qualifications to individuals from a range of disadvantaged backgrounds including people affected by homelessness, ex-offenders, people with mental health issues and individuals with learning difficulties.

Dr Gavin Adams

Dr Gavin Adams

Director, Business Development

Gavin joined Extern in April 2014 as Director of Business Development. Gavin was formerly Senior Manager for Business Development with the Royal National Institute of Blind People, where he led on the organisation’s fundraising, finance, public affairs, retail and communications/marketing activities across Northern Ireland. Previously he was a Programme Manager and Head of Programmes with the Big Lottery Fund where he managed the assessment of funding applications, existing grants and developed new funding programmes.

Gavin has a passion for the voluntary sector and is currently a non-executive Director of Ulster Supported Employment Limited - which provides employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities.

In his role as Director of Business Development Gavin is responsible for providing leadership to Extern’s income generation, communications and marketing and public affairs activity.

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Extern in Northern Ireland
Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC105869
Company Registration No: NI 16083
Tel: +44 (0)28 9084 0555
Fax: +44 (0)28 9084 7333
Extern in the Republic of Ireland
Company Registration No: 383201
Registered Charity Number: 20055318
Tel: +353 (0) 1 563 9402
Extern Group
Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC103226
Company No. NI 618684
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Extern Supporting Communities
Company No. NI 637561
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