Charlene Brooks
Chief Executive Officer

As CEO Charlene has responsibility for the strategic direction of Parenting NI, a vibrant and proactive charity which aims to meet the diverse needs of parents and families.  With a strong educational background having third level qualifications in Community work and Leadership and Management, Charlene has worked in the voluntary sector her entire working career, over 17 years of which at Senior Management level.  Charlene has a wealth of experience in leading dynamic teams who deliver early intervention and prevention programmes, services and interventions and has been CEO of Parenting NI since 2016, having been involved with the organisation since 2006 . 

Charlene is a member of the All Island Parenting Network steering group and is currently Vice Chair of the NICVA Executive Committee, Independent Chair of the Charity Commission Stakeholder Forum and Chair of the NI Anti Bullying Forum (NIABF).  She works closely with Government Departments, political parties and individuals and organisations across the private, voluntary and community sectors – representing the views and aspirations of parents and families from across NI.

Meet the Senior Leadership Team

Muriel Bailey
Head of Services and Operations

Since gaining a postgraduate in Childrens Services, Muriel has worked within the Voluntary and Community Sectors. She has extensive knowledge of families who are within the threshold of child protection and receive services from tier 1 through to tier 4.

Muriel’s background is in Early Years, training, family support, therapeutic counselling, and operations management, as well as having skills in strategic planning and business development all within the education, statutory and community & voluntary sector.

Muriel has over 20 years’ experience of leading high achieving staff teams and extensive experience in managing and developing staff progression and services.


Sharon McWhirter
Operations Manager

Sharon has worked as Office Manager with Parenting NI since May 2016, having previously been with the organisation from January 1999 to August 2015. During her early years with Parenting NI, Sharon successfully completed a CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice which enabled her to move into a human resource role within the organisation.

The Office Manager role has responsibility for the co-ordination of the human resource function and management of administration systems and processes within Parenting NI, ensuring that standards of best practice are maintained at all times.

Our Staff

Michelle Maxwell – Communications and Administration Support Officer

Cahir Murray – Dads Support Services Lead

Lauren Walls – Education and Participation Officer

Clare McGillion – Families Together Parenting Support Officer (Strabane)

Christina Murray – Families Together Parenting Support Officer (Antrim)

Claire Hanna – Family Support Services Manager

Teresa Campton – Finance & Administration Assistant

Kelly Barbour – Parenting Support & Programme Co-ordinator

Tracey Gillespie – Parenting Support Officer

Kathy Jan – Parenting Support Officer

Tanya Hamilton – Parenting Support Officer (SHSCT)

Amy Sullivan – Parenting Support Officer (SHSCT)

Emma Hitchen – Senior Participation and Research Officer

Michelle Flanagan – Support Services Administrator

We also consider student placements (if approporate to the services we provide). Hear from one of our placemnet students below: