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Industry Insights Your Future in Public Services and Not-For-Profit Employer Panel

Industry Insights Your Future in Public Services & Not-For-Profit

Listen back for our Employer Panel Industry Insights Your Future in Public Services & Not-For-Profi

From the emergency services and healthcare to education and social care, by choosing a career in the public sector you'll get to work on issues that have a real impact on society. You can expect good working conditions and professional development. As well as vocational opportunities in healthcare, law enforcement, social care and education, administrative and professional roles are available across civil service departments and local government, in areas as diverse as environmental health, media and communications and youth and community work.

Meet our panel of key players from the public sector and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer.

Employer Panel for Your Future In Public Services & Not-For-Profit

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Michele Woods, Director, Department of Finance, Northern Ireland Civil Service

Michele Woods is a member of NICSHR’s senior management team and is currently Director of the Workforce Reporting & Insights Division. Michele joined NICSHR in August 2018. 

Before joining NICSHR, Michele worked in the Department’s Finance and Corporate Services Division. 

Michele is a qualified accountant and has held a variety of public sector roles in the NICS, Education and Local Government. 

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Dr Rhonda Wynne, Head of For Purpose Graduate Programme

Dr Rhonda Wynne joined the For Purpose Graduate Programme in November 2020 as an Associate, before becoming Head of For Purpose in the Summer of 2021. For Purpose was established to attract, mentor and develop the future leaders of the nonprofit sector.

The programme connects nonprofit and charity organisations with talented graduates who are searching for purpose in their careers and the opportunity to make an impact on civil society.  

Rhonda has worked extensively in education, starting out teaching English in Madrid, before moving to work in higher education, initially at a college in Boston and then at University College Dublin.  She has led projects in adult education, lifelong learning and community engagement.

Rhonda has a BSc (Mgmt) and an MEd from Trinity College and a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Sheffield.  Her EdD looked at how the civic role of universities is understood and practiced, an interest which was sparked by involvement with several European Grundtvig projects on Active Citizenship.

Throughout her career, Rhonda has taught widely in the field of adult education, and is an enthusiastic lifelong learner, recently completing a Diploma in Mental Health and Wellbeing Coaching.


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Niamh Flanagan, Executive Director at Theatre and Dance NI

Niamh Flanagan is the Executive Director at Theatre and Dance NI, Northern Ireland’s leading support organisation for Theatre and Dance. 

For more than 25 years, Niamh has worked across the Northern Irish voluntary, community and arts sectors in a variety of roles including in policy and community engagement and development and management roles for festivals, dance, theatre, and community arts events and organisations.

With degrees in Public Administration and Information Management, Niamh also holds a variety of professional training qualifications, including one in Arts and Intercultural Dialogue and Executive Leadership.

After graduating, she worked in finance in the City of London, before travelling in South East Asia and Australia, where she worked also in finance. Niamh has taught on the Arts Entrepreneurship module at Magee, Ulster University in 2017.

She was appointed to the Ministerial Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce in May 2021.