About Us

Our Mission & Objectives

Our mission is to contribute to population outcomes by creating and sustaining the conditions through which collaborative working and collective impact can happen. This means we usually have an enabling role, supporting coordinated work by local partners as we believe regeneration can only occur by working collectively to deliver Community + Economic + Physical + Social Development. Occasionally we directly operate new initiatives to fill gaps to test new approaches that deliver innovative opportunities/ programmes with communities in the most disadvantaged areas of South Belfast.

As a Partnership Board we fulfil six roles.

  • Provide strategic direction
  • Mobilise resources
  • Engage policy makers
  • Provide a collective community voice
  • Promote evidence driven action
  • Cultivate a culture of collaboration

We have seven outcomes through which we deliver our projects:

  • Healthy people and helpful services
  • All young people have options
  • Cultural expression and participation for all
  • Harmonious, safe and diverse communities
  • A good environment for happy neighbourhoods
  • Real income options in a sustainable economy
  • Connected, proactive, powerful communities
The FSP Team

Our People

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Forward South
Partnership Board

Forward South Partnership Board is run by the communities of South Belfast and reports to the Charity Commission for N Ireland. We are governed by 5 community people who are elected by the network of over 130 South Belfast local community organisations and 5 Belfast city Councillors elected by the local voters and nominated to our Board by BCC Democratic Services. These 10 local people are our Trustees/Directors who in turn co-opt 5 people from local businesses/ private sector as trustees. Our local statutory services provide 5 observers to the Board.

Community Sector

Political Sector

Private Sector

Statutory Sector Observers

Heather Carey

Helen Crickard (Chair)

Tura Arutura

Shaunie Jamison

Colin Shaw (Treasurer)

Cllr Tracy Kelly

Cllr Micky Murray

Cllr Gary McKeown

Cllr Geraldine McAteer

Cllr Tara Brooks

Ryan Rankin (Secretary)

Michael Graham (Vice Chair)

Patricia McNeill

Seamus Reid

Roisin Finnegan

Denise Smith

Jim Dunbar

Paul McCombe

Bryan Nelson


Karen Stewart