About Us

The Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation was established on  1 June 2011 and  became operational on the appointment of the Chairman and Board on 10 September 2012 with the objective of regenerating the site by maximising its economic, historical and reconciliation potential. To this end, it has wide ranging powers to manage, develop, acquire and dispose of land. It is an ‘arms length body’ under the sponsorship of The Executive Office.

Our Board, under the chairmanship of Terence Brannigan, is composed of a wide cross section of our community and our Executive team is led by Dr. Bryan Gregory. MLKDC’s primary role is to create the setting for private sector investment in the development of the site.


Our Board


  1. Mr Terence Brannigan OBE

    Mr Terence Brannigan OBE


    Mr Brannigan is also Chairman of Tourism Northern Ireland, Chairman of BrandBlack Ltd, a Board Member of Co–operation Ireland and a Visiting Professor at the Business Institute of the University of Ulster. He is a former Chairman of the CBI in Northern Ireland and a former Chairman of Glentoran FC and of Biznet Solutions. Mr Brannigan has significant experience at Board level, including business strategy, business development and procurement, from his time as Divisional Managing Director at Compass Group. Mr Brannigan has not been involved in political activity in the last five years and holds no other ministerial appointments.

  2. Mr Ciaran Mackel

    Mr Ciaran Mackel

    Board Member

    Mr Mackel is Director of ARdMackel, Associate Senior Lecturer at Belfast School of Architecture at Ulster University, and provides specialist advice on Architecture and the Built Environment to the Ministerial Advisory Group in the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Mr Mackel has not been involved in political activity in the last five years. He holds no other ministerial appointments.

  3. Dr Conor Patterson

    Dr Conor Patterson

    Board Member

    Dr.Conor Patterson is the Chief Executive of Newry and Mourne Co–Operative and Enterprise Agency, responsible for managing 5 business parks and a number of business support and economic development initiatives in the Newry Mourne & Down District. He served for 8 years as a Governor of Southern Regional College and for 15 years as a Director of the rural development ‘LEADER’ programme. He has been Chair of Enterprise NI and President of the Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade. He is currently secretary of two community economic development bodies, Binnian Developments in Kilkeel and Oriel Developments in South Armagh. He sits on the boards of the Newry Confederation of Community Groups and the Newry Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership. Dr. Patterson is a chartered urban & regional planner and has stakeholder engagement experience and extensive economic development activity experience not just in Northern Ireland but across the EU. Dr. Patterson has not been involved in political activity in the last five years. He holds no other ministerial appointments.

  4. Mr Joe O’Donnell

    Mr Joe O’Donnell

    Board Member

    Mr O’Donnell is the Strategic Director of the Belfast Interface Project and was previously the Director of the Short Strand Partnership. Mr O’Donnell has experience in senior positions in local social regeneration organisations in Belfast and experience in a range of perspectives including community development, regeneration and peace building. Whilst not being required to disclose a minor donation, Mr O’Donnell has indicated that he makes a small monthly donation to Sinn Fein. He holds no other ministerial appointments.

  5. Mr John (Jack) Gallagher

    Mr John (Jack) Gallagher

    Board Member

    Mr Gallagher worked in the education service for 32 years and was Vice Principal and Principal of Lisnasharragh High from 1979–1993. From 1979–2007 he was an Honorary Coaching Instructor and Technical Adviser for FIFA and in that capacity trained senior coaches in thirty five countries under the sponsorship of FIFA Coca Cola and Adidas. He spent some time from 1999–2008 working at Stormont as a Ministerial Adviser and Senior Assembly Assistant. Mr. Gallagher won the Scottish National Poetry Competition in 1983 and is author of a number of publications which he has used to raise funds for various charities. Mr Gallagher is also a Board Member of Intertrade Ireland.

  6. Mr Duncan McCausland

    Mr Duncan McCausland

    Board Member

    Mr McCausland is currently a Non Executive member of the Strategic Investment Board, Chair of the Responsible Retail Code, a Senior Justice and Security Advisor of the Stabilisation Unit of DFID and a Deputy Lieutenant for County Down. Previously he was an Independent Member of the Strategic Oversight Board for Prison Reform, Non Executive Member of the NI Tourist Board as well as Trustee of SS Nomadic. Up until his retirement from PSNI in 2011, he had been an Assistant Chief Constable for almost 10 years, holding many positions which provided him with extensive experience of working with central government and local councils taking forward many key initiatives both locally and nationally, for example the preplanning for the recent UK G8 summit. He also undertook the role of Vice Chair of the World Police and Fire Games and subsequently the Interim Chair of the Games themselves. Mr McCausland has not been involved in political activity in the last five years. He holds no other ministerial appointments. Mr McCausland is also the current chair of the Corporation’s Audit & Risk Assurance Committee.

  7. Prof Anthony (Tony) Gallagher

    Prof Anthony (Tony) Gallagher

    Board Member

    Professor Gallagher is a Professor of Education at Queen’s University Belfast, an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Science, and Lead Editor of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice (Journal). Professor Gallagher has a lengthy and varied academic background in senior academic positions, providing a valuable perspective to the Maze/Long Kesh regeneration programme. He holds no other ministerial appointments.

Senior Management Team 


Interim Chief Executive: Dr Bryan Gregory

Bryan is a Chartered Engineer, and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Engineers Ireland.  He has wide experience in the delivery of complex multi–stakeholder projects ranging from policy development, and planning and stakeholder engagement, to infrastructure and regeneration projects.  Bryan’s background is in the private sector, but he has been a Strategic Advisor with the Strategic Investment Board since 2008, where he has been responsible for overseeing the delivery of a number of major projects, including Titanic Belfast.

Interim Director of Finance: James McIlroy

James’ picture and career details to follow.


Neil McIvor

Director of Development: Neil McIvor

Neil is our Development Director. Neil is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with 20 years experience in the private sector and has been heavily involved in major development opportunities and assets in the British Isles and Europe. He has held various high level positions within the industry such as Directorships with Vico plc, Murdock Developments, and Cuan Estates Limited. He also developed the strategy, initiated and delivered the store development programme in Northern Ireland for Lidl GmbH.

Key Contacts

Maze Long Kesh

Development Corporation

Maze Long Kesh

Halftown Road

Lisburn, BT27 5RF


+44 (0)28 9250 1806


18002 02892 501824




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