Chief Executive, Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), Belfast
Gina is Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) a cross border body working to the Government of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly. She is currently responsible for the development, financial management and compliance of the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA programmes, totalling in excess of €0.5 billion. The Peace programme represents a unique investment by the European Union in support of the peace process, and both Programmes support the development of a more sustainable and prosperous cross-border region, across Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland.
She has considerable experience with the development of systems and controls relating to procurement, grant payments and irregularity handling during her time as the Head of the Certifying Authority within the SEUPB and as the Financial Controller for those projects based in Northern Ireland involved with the Transnational and Inter-Regional Programmes (North West Europe, Northern Periphery and Arctic).
Having spent most of her career involved with EU support programmes Gina has gained extensive knowledge of the complex cross border development needs of the region and the appropriate European funding instruments available to meet them.
Gina is a qualified chartered accountant who trained and qualified with Coopers and Lybrand. Before joining the SEUPB as the Director of Corporate Services in 2003, she gained extensive knowledge of managing the distribution of cross-border PEACE funding during her work for Co-operation Ireland.