Embrace LogoEMBRACE is a group of Christians from different denominations working together to promote a positive response to people who are seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from minority-ethnic backgrounds living in Northern Ireland.

The charity was officially launched on 22nd October 2003 in the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast. The Rev. Arlington Trotman, Secretary of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Commission for Racial Justice, spoke at the launch, welcoming this initiative.

EMBRACE is registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100294.


Management Committee
EMBRACE is run by a Committee of elected and co-opted volunteers, representing a variety of church backgrounds. They bring a richness of knowledge and experience in understanding migration, relating across cultures, advocacy, legislation and theology. Elections to Committee are held annually at the AGM in May.

Committee: May 2015 -2016

Office bearers

Denise Wright Chairperson

Denise Wright

Irene Jovaras Vice-Chairperson

Irene Jovaras

Information Officer

Margaret McNulty Information Officer

Richard Kerr EMBRACE Honorary Secretary

Richard Kerr
Honorary Secretary

Scott Boldt Treasurer

Scott Boldt







Committee 2016- 2017

Denise Wright – Chairperson
Scott Boldt – Vice-Chair
Margaret McNulty – Information Officer
Noreen Christian – Honorary Secretary
Irene Jovaras – Treasurer
Patricia Carty
Noel McCune
David Smyth
Richard Kerr


The work of the Committee is supported by

Jill Marrs Administrative assistant

Jill Marrs
Administrative assistant

Jill Marrs, Administrative assistant.
For general inquiries contact our office on 0796 9921 328 or email info@embraceni.org

The office is open Tues – Thurs, 10am – 3pm