Who We Are

John Eversley

John Eversley is an expert in the field of public policy and management and the theory and practice of community development. His experience spans the voluntary sector, higher education and Director level posts in the NHS and local government.  He began his working life in Northern Ireland as youth worker and social researcher during the Troubles in the early 1970s. He spent most of the next four decades working in London in variety of community work, policymaking and management roles. In 2014, he relocated back to Northern Ireland where he is involved in teaching, policy development and community work.

John is managing director of two community interest companies: ppre which works mostly in London and Macroscopia in Northern Ireland. Since 2014 he has taught leadership, management and policymaking at Queen’s University Belfast. Betweeen 2017 and 2021 he taught management and leadership to postgraduate Sustainable Development students. He is an associate of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Leadership Centre

John was Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University, where he taught research skills, community development and other topics.

He has also taught postgraduates Public Health at City and South Bank Universities and Healthcare Management to MBA students at Brunel.

He also taught the history of health and health care in the UK at the College of Global Studies, Arcadia University in London.

He is an Honorary Member of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

Jude Stephens

Jude is Deputy Director of the Gibson Institute for Food, Farming and the Environment and course convenor for the Master’s in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen’s University Belfast. She has many years’ experience in education and activism around environmental and rural development issues in Northern Ireland. In October 2022, Jude reduced her Queen’s commitment to one day a week, in part to work on more Macroscopia projects.

Jeni McAughey

Jeni  studied at Queens University, Belfast and worked as a GP in North Belfast for 35 years. Among other roles she was chair of the Northern Ireland Council of the Royal College of GP’s. She was involved in teaching both medical students, nurses, and doctors in training.

She was involved in establishing Corran Integrated School in Larne and served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Board of Governors. She was the founder Chair of Whitehead Small World Group which supports refugees and asylum seekers in the area. She is secretary of Jubilee Community Benefit Farm which is Northern Ireland’s first community owned farm and of Whitehead Storehouse, the local foodbank. She is Area Minister for Ireland for a lay order of Franciscans (TSSF) and is involved in the local Church of Ireland.

Jeni has 2 grown up children and two delightful grandchildren. She has recently located to Scotland.

Julie Boulting-Hodge

Julie manages  the money. She  is an FCCA qualified accountant with complementary governance and administrative experience.  She has worked mainly with health, social care, welfare and environmental Third Sector organisations.