Richard Jay BEM (Vice Chairman)
Richard Jay was born in Lancashire and is a retired academic. He graduated from Oxford University, with a professional career at Essex University, and in the Politics, Lifelong Learning and Education Departments of Queen’s University, Belfast. He co-founded the Political Studies Association of Ireland and the Centre for Cross-Border Studies. Richard also served on Queen’s Senate and as a panel member of the Fair Employment Tribunal. In 2020 he completed 10 years as a Governor of the Northern Regional College and a substantial period as a Trustee of Sestina Music. Having been closely involved in educational outreach over many years, he joined the St. Anne Trust to support its work of encouraging young people in music and the arts. In 2019 Richard was honoured with a BEM for services to young people and to music in Northern Ireland.