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Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer

Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB

Gina is the Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), a cross-border body established under the Good Friday Agreement and working to the Government of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly, with a direct reporting line to the European Commission.

She is currently responsible for the European Union’s PEACE IV and INTERREG VA funding programmes, totalling in excess of €0.5 BN, and the new PEACEPLUS Programme with a value of €1.14BN. These Programmes represent a unique investment by the European Union in support of the peace process, and support the development of a more sustainable and prosperous cross community and cross-border region, across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and for INTERREG also Western Scotland.

Having spent most of her career involved with EU support programmes, Gina has gained extensive knowledge of the complex cross-border development needs of the region and the appropriate European funding instruments available to meet them.

Gina is a qualified chartered accountant who trained and qualified with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Gina is a regular speaker at major conferences and exhibitions across Europe on management of EU Programmes in a post conflict society.


Paul Sheridan, Head of Finance & Corporate Services

Paul Sheridan head shot

Responsible for the Certifying Authority and the financial management of the SEUPB's role in managing the PEACE and INTERREG Programmes.  Paul oversees a range of other corporate services including; Human Resources, Communications and Information & Communications Technology.

Before he joined the SEUPB, Paul was Acting Director of Finance for National Museums Northern Ireland.  Prior to this Paul spent several years as a Management Consultant for KPMG and PA Consulting, carrying out Value-For-Money Audits, Financial Assessment and developing Outline Business Cases for public sector organisations.  Gaining extensive knowledge of managing PEACE funds through his time spent with Belfast City Council, Paul is industry trained and a member of CIMA.

Paul is supported by the following departments/management:

  • Sara McKerr - Corporate Accountant
  • Barry Buckley - Manager, Human Resources
  • Séamus Kearney - Manager, Information & Communications Technology
  • Felicity Templeton - Manager, Communications
  • Therese McNeill - Manager, Certifying Authority


Helen Donaldson, (Interim) Director Joint Secretariat


Paul Beattie, Director of Managing Authority