Meet the Team at Springvale

Meet our experienced, dedicated management team, committed to delivering training excellence to learners, jobseekers, employers and partners.

  • Dr Alan Blair
    Dr Alan Blair
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Mary McGurk
    Mary McGurk
    Director of Quality, Curriculum & Learning
  • Kieran McConville
    Kieran McConville
    Director of Finance
  • Lorraine Kelly
    Lorraine Kelly
    Director of Compliance & Business Services
  • Kelly Donnelly
    Kelly Donnelly
    Steps To Success Manager
  • Alec White
    Alec White
    ApprenticeshipsNI Manager
  • Damien Ritchie
    Damien Ritchie
    IT Manager
  • Pamela Ayre
    Pamela Ayre
    Finance Manager
Dr Alan Blair
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Alan Blair, Chief Executive Officer at Springvale Learning

Prior to joining Springvale, Alan held the position of STEM & Economic Adviser to Colleges Northern Ireland and represented the further education sector on a broad variety of industry and government bodies.  In addition to his role as a member of MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, Alan also sat on Minister Farry’s working groups on Advanced Manufacture and Agri-Food.

Between 2007 and 2009, Alan managed the Northern Ireland Review of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on behalf of the Department for Employment and Learning and Department of Education.

Previous positions include Head of Research and Development with Bombardier Aerospace; Manager of the QUB Aerospace Centre of Excellence, Senior Development Engineer with the Outboard Marine Corporation, Chicago; and Production Control Manager with GEC Turbines.  In 2009, Alan was elected to Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Mary McGurk
Director of Quality, Curriculum & Learning

Mary McGurk, Head of Development at Springvale Learning

Mary is responsible for the curriculum development and people development of the organisations.

Kieran McConville
Director of Finance

Kieran McConville, Head of FInance at Springvale Learning

Kieran is responsible for all aspects of strategic and operational finance, compliance, IT across the group

Lorraine Kelly
Director of Compliance & Business Services

Lorraine Kelly, Quality and Compliance Manager at Springvale Learning

Lorraine is responsible for contract compliance, quality assurance, performance monitoring, management information systems and Business Services

Kelly Donnelly
Steps To Success Manager

Kelly Donnelly, Steps to Success Manager at Springvale Learning, Belfast

Kelly is responsible for the Steps to Success programme across all sites at Springvale.

Alec White
ApprenticeshipsNI Manager

Alec White, ApprenticeshipsNI Manager at Springvale Learning

Alec is responsible for the Apprenticeship provision at Springvale.

Damien Ritchie
IT Manager

Damien Ritchie, IT Manager at Springvale Learning

Damien is responsible for the IT infrastructure across all sites at Springvale.

Pamela Ayre
Finance Manager

Pamela Ayer, Finance Manager at Springvale Learning, Belfast

Pamela is responsible for all aspects of operational finance at Springvale.