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30 Under 30

30 Under 30 Climate Change-Makers

Representing Northern Ireland on the world stage

The 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change-Makers programme is designed to unearth, inspire, and equip 30 leaders under the age of 30 who can play an instrumental part in shaping a better climate future for Northern Ireland and beyond. 

Applications for the 2024 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change-Makers programme has now closed 

30 Under 30 in Northern Ireland 

The 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change Makers programme was launched for the first time in 2022 and draws on the international EE 30 Under 30 initiative introduced by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

The programme is delivered by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Podiem, and funded by Coca-Cola and Ulster Garden Villages.

Support has also been gratefully received from Belfast City Council, Pinsent Masons and Danske Bank.


For further information on the 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change-Makers programme, please contact Jenna Potter.

Watch 30 Under 30 in action!

30 Under 30 Climate Change-Makers

Developing world-class climate leaders

After the success of the workshops in the pilot year of the programme, this year we are offering six new carefully selected workshops to the second cohort from February to June 2024, to ensure they gain the skills, knowledge and confidence of well-rounded climate champions for Northern Ireland. 

The 2024 workshops from industry professionals include the below topics;

  • Workshop 1: Purpose, Why & Impact
  • Workshop 2: Wellbeing, Performance & Teamwork
  • Workshop 3: Purpose Driven Leadership
  • Workshop 4: Biodiversity and Local Business context
  • Workshop 5: Emphasis on individual impact 
  • Workshop 6: Emphasis on group work

We also ensure the cohort get access to accredited Carbon Literacy Training delivered by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Watch workshop highlights!

30 Under 30 Climate Change-Makers Class of 2022/23

The class of 2024

Following a competitive judging process, the first-ever 30 Under 30 Northern Ireland Climate Change-Makers are:

  1. Aine Murray - Building Performance Prediction Ltd.
  2. Ansu Alex - Moore Concrete Products Ltd.
  3. Bailie Wilson - Ulster University
  4. Catherine Campbell - Business In The Community NI
  5. Catherine McGinn - The Carbon Literacy Project
  6. Cenka Drayne - JANS Group
  7. Clare Helen Bankhead - Dale Farm Ltd
  8. Daniel Perry - Belfast International Airport
  9. Donna Harkin - Cemcor
  10. Émer Duffy - CATAGEN
  11. Emma Taylor - Outscape 
  12. Euan Carroll - CATAGEN
  13. Greta Delfino - Business In The Community NI
  14. Hanna Miskimmin - Northstone Materials Limited
  15. Jamie Hamilton - The Odyssey Trust
  16. Joe Murray - Outscape
  17. Katie Hughes - DHL Supply Chain
  18. Katie Ní Chléire - Stamp Out Poverty
  19. Luc Kelly - Queen's University Belfast
  20. Malachy Morgan - CAFRE College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise
  21. Michael MacKenzie - Department for the Economy
  22. Naomi Martin - Queen's University Belfast
  23. Niamh Haughian - Martin Property Group
  24. Polly Garnett - The Belfast Hills Partnership
  25. Robyn Kelly - Lightsource BP
  26. Rory Quinn - Queens University Belfast 
  27. Shane Brady - SmartWorkPlus
  28. Thomas Lyttle - CATAGEN
  29. Yat Kit Chu - AMIE
  30. Zara Hamilton - Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful 

                                                          Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful sends congratulations to each of the class members on behalf of all partners and funders.

                                                          Read bios for the class of 2024

                                                          30 Under 30 Climate Change-Makers

                                                          What the 2022/23 cohort said

                                                          "An extraordinary experience that has enriched my knowledge, expanded my network, and provided me with outstanding industry insights.” — Jordan Birt

                                                          "I will never forget the people I met through this.” — Reece England

                                                          "It was an honour to be part of the 30 Under 30 programme in 22/23. The programme included some top-quality guest speakers and it was great to get the opportunity to learn from them." — Ciara Grogan

                                                          “Would highly recommend it to any younger ambitious leader.” — Josh Armstrong