Declan McGeown: Chief Executive
Declan was appointed Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Agency on 20th October 2014.
He graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Economics and joined the NI Civil Service as a Management Trainee in September 1996. As a career Civil Servant, he has worked in a number of areas including urban regeneration and was previously the Head of the North Belfast Community Action Unit responsible for the redevelopment of the site of the former Crumlin Road Gaol and Girdwood Army Barracks. Over the years, Declan worked on the Harbison Report looking at the future of voluntary and community sector and the Dunlop Report, which was an independent report looking at the community tensions in North Belfast. More recently, Declan carried out a review of urban regeneration and community development policies in the Department for Social Development.
Since 2009, Declan has worked in the former NIO and DoJ. Aside from four years as the Head of the Community Safety Unit, Declan headed up both Central Co-ordination Division and Personnel and Office Services Division before joining the Youth Justice Agency in October 2014.
Mary Aughey: Director of Youth Justice Services
Mary was appointed Director of Youth Justice Services in December 2011.
Mary began her career in the criminal justice sector in 1990 when she worked as a residential social worker in St Joseph’s Training School, Middletown. In 1997 Mary joined the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) where she worked as a Probation Officer and then as PBNI’S Youth Justice Unit manager.
In 2004, Mary joined the Youth Justice Agency, initially as Assistant Director with the Community Services directorate. Prior to Mary’s recent appointment she was acting Director of the Youth Conference Service and acting Director of the newly established Youth Justice Services directorate.
Brian Ingram OBE: Director of Custodial Services
Brian was appointed as the Director of Custodial Services in November 2015 with responsibility for the residential care of children admitted to Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre.
Brian was educated in Belfast Technical College where he completed an engineering apprenticeship. He later joined the Government Training Centre Network as an Instructor, rising to Chief Instructor and Senior Instructional Officer.
In 1992 Brian joined the Northern Ireland Office and in 1996 took up position as Head of Staff Training and Development in the Northern Ireland Prison Service. During the subsequent years, Brian was appointed into several senior managerial and leadership positions within the NI Prison Service including Head of Resettlement, Head of Safer Custody, Head of Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Service and Head of Corporate Governance at Maghaberry Prison.
In 2009 Brian graduated from Queens University, Belfast with an MSC in Criminology. In 2014 he won the Department for Justice Award for Strategic Leadership and in 2015 was awarded the Northern Ireland Civil Service award in recognition of ‘Excellence and Leadership’. Brian received a Butler Trust Certificate in 2018 in recognition of his services to working with vulnerable adults and children in custody.
Brian was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List 2019 for services to vulnerable children and adults.