Following 25 years working for the child’s right to play and 18 years leading PlayBoard, Chief Executive Jacqueline O’Loughlin is stepping down on 23 June.

Patricia Lewsley-Mooney CBE, PlayBoard Chairperson commented:

“Jacqueline has been a wonderful advocate for children and young people in Northern Ireland, and their right to play over the past 25 years. During her tenure as Chief Executive, her passion, dedication and unrelenting commitment ensured PlayBoard has progressed into the excellent organisation it is.

“On behalf of the Board and staff, we would like to thank Jacqueline for her vision, guidance and leadership throughout the years. We are sorry to see her go and wish her well in her future endeavours. Jacqueline leaves a legacy that will endure for children and young people’s right to play in Northern Ireland.”

Jacqueline commented:

“PlayBoard has been my home, my extended family and my passion for most of my adult working life. However, now is the right time to hand over the play baton. I take great comfort and solace in knowing that I leave PlayBoard in excellent hands, on a good strategic footing, and in a strong financial position for the future. PlayBoard, as always, will be at the forefront promoting and protecting play.

“As I leave PlayBoard, I truly believe the future is bright for play and the organisation … it has been my greatest pride and privilege to have served you as CEO.”

Jacqueline will be succeeded by Alan Herron, Director of Service Delivery and Development.