Catherine Burns is Chair of the NI Tourist Guiding Association, a long established professional organisation which will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2022. She became involved with Tourism in 2015 and is now able to combine her love of meeting people and local history whilst conducting tours around NI. Catherine represents NI at the World Federation of Tourist Guides and also Federation of European Guides.
She is a member of the Board of Governors at Belfast Metropolitan College and was responsible for establishing and Chairing the first Human Resources Committee. She is passionate about further education and equality of opportunity and also enjoys her contribution to mentoring at the College.
Catherine was formerly Head of Corporate Services with the NI Transport Holding Company (parent Company for Translink) and during her long career with the Company she undertook many projects, one was developing and introducing two Equality Schemes and as part of a small Committee undertook a 2 year Organisational Development Programme for Managerial Staff. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She has been involved with the Belfast Samaritans for many years during which time she has held the posts of Recruitment Director and Chair of the Strategic Fundraising Committee.