Prospect Awards Vision

Learning for Everyone – Everywhere!



Prospect Awards Mission

To make our learning and development journey a joy



Prospect Award Values

social justice and equality – anti-discrimination – community empowerment
collective action – working learning and growing together


The Source

Where did our journey start?

In the beginning, we came together with a set of ideas about how we can contribute to Community Development Learning, and how we can use the Community Development Standards and our expertise in accreditation, governance and community development to aid communities, business practitioners and volunteers.

We sat down and thought what we could do – and then decided a learning organisation focused around Community, Learning and Governance, using qualifications and accreditation of learning to aid a sustainable journey and that a Community Interest Company  would be the best format for us to achieve our goals together.

We are an international social enterprise, a Community Interest Company with business, educational, cultural and social interests based in the north of Ireland with offices in Lisburn and Knockloughrim.

Working in Community Development, Learning, and Governance our aim is to, with others, create a world where ‘Learning for Everyone – Everywhere’ can become real.


What we do

Accredit Learning

  • We develop and Award our qualifications in Community Development, Learning and Governance.  We accredit across Ireland Customised Awards to support learning and we Endorse Programmes of learning in Northern Ireland to reflect local learning needs.


  • We support learning,  design and deliver training in Governance together with Cloud-Based Software governance management systems to support small, medium and large community groups, charities, non-profits and businesses.  

Community Development

  • We support Community Development Internationally by hosting the Community Development National Occupational Standards, and we offer Solutions, Services and Support to groups, organisations and businesses who want to work in or with Community Development.




Gary Haire Chairperson & Non Executive Director

Gary is a health professional and visionary leader, who has successfully managed a number of different services, in a variety of settings, while initiating change management processes at senior executive and board level. He has provided strategic leadership and insight within both a local and national context for over twenty… Read more

Sarah McKenna Director for Operations

Sarah has worked in Governance in a variety of sectors, including voluntary and community, education, charitable, professional, public, private and social enterprises for the past 11 years both in Scotland and Northern Ireland. While living in Scotland Sarah worked within the Community, Voluntary and Charitable sectors. In particular, Sarah was… Read more

Anna Clarke Director for Communities

Anna is a highly skilled community development practitioner with a UK wide reputation particularly in relation to the technical design and application of National Occupational Standards.  Anna has been a key figure in the design of community development national occupational standards for well over a decade, representing Northern Ireland on… Read more

Brendan Clarke Director for Learning

Brendan is an innovative social entrepreneur, always seeking ways to improve how collaborative and community focussed social enterprise can support the development of a just and prosperous society.  Brendan is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a  Member of the Institute of… Read more