Strategic Development Officer Appointment

8th April 2022

We are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Karen Mullan to the role of Strategic Development Officer.

Karen, a graduate from Ulster University and former MLA for Foyle, is well known throughout the area having worked in community development roles during her professional life, and her considerable skills and experience will be of immense value to the Foodbank

Karen Mullan
Karen Mullan, Strategic Development Officer.


The board of management are deeply indebted to Trussell Trust for funding the full cost of this two-year post. This will enable Foyle Foodbank to take part in Trussell’s Pathfinder programme aimed at determining and highlighting the causes of food poverty throughout the UK while encouraging foodbanks to take a more holistic approach to addressing issues of poverty in their area.

Unfortunately, the number of people in food crisis in Foyle continues to grow. In 2020, the Foodbank helped 6805 individuals which increased by 230% to 15,735 in 2021.

In a statement Denis McGowan, the chairman of the Foodbank, said;
“In these challenging times we are very pleased about Karen’s appointment. The Foodbank will benefit greatly from her previous experience and the qualities that she brings to the post will ensure that she will play an invaluable role in the interests of the wider Foyle community”
We are delighted to welcome Karen to the team!

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