The recruitment for the position of CEO is currently underway.  

The CEO responsibilities are being covered on an interim basis by the Strategic Leadership Team while the Board interviews a suitable candidate for the role of CEO.

  1. Gavin Adams - Director of Business Development
  2. Jonathan Carroll - Director of People and Organisational Development
  3. Pauline Flynn - Director of Finance and Corporate Services
  4. Leslie Ann Scott - Director of Services ROI

Dr Gavin Adams
Director of Business Development

Gavin Adams, Director of 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.


Jonathan Carroll
Director of People and Organisational Development


Jonathan was appointed as Extern’s first Director of People and Organisational Development in 2019.

He has worked in senior HR leadership roles for over 25 years in the retail, media and construction sectors for local, national and global organisations.

Jonathan brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Extern of managing teams and change, creating and implementing HR strategies and people development initiatives which support organisational growth and transformation.

Jonathan holds an MBA and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.


Pauline Flynn

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Pauline Flynn, Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Pauline, who is from Belfast, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She attended Queens University Belfast and has a 1st Class honours degree in Accounting and Economics, and a postgraduate diploma in accounting.

Pauline has held senior finance roles across a variety of sectors, managing a range of multi-disciplinary teams. For the last 17 years, she worked in two large charities, Director of Finance for Praxis Care, and Group Director of Finance & Corporate Services for Inspire Wellbeing.


Leslie Ann Scott

Director of Services ROI

Leslie Ann Scott, Interim Director of Services ROI

Leslie Ann has worked with Extern in various roles both through direct employment and secondment since 2002. She has extensive experience of service design, development, delivery and reporting against key performance indicators aligned to core Government Strategies and targets. 

Leslie Ann is a qualified Social Worker registered with CORU, holds an ILM Level 7 in Leadership & Management and currently acts as Safeguarding Champion for Extern across the island of Ireland.