Jacinta Linden

As the only woman in a house full of males; John, Ruadhri and James (even the family dog, Kennedy and rabbit, Obama are testosterone fuelled) Jacinta fights the daily battle to keep the dog from the rabbit, sock free floors and the fridge full.

With qualifications in community Development, Community work, HR & training, Jacinta gained a distinction in her MSC in Executive leadership and tells us that’s it no more study now – not ever again!

After working for many years in the public and third sectors in NI and England, Jacinta returned to NI in the early 90s and joined a Global recruitment organisation as a director of training. Becoming a first time mum later in life, she moved from the corporate world and discovered that support locally for families was very limited. Not shy of a challenge, she set about doing something to support local parents.  First up was a consultancy role to establish a new Surestart project in South Armagh, and then she founded  South Down Family Health Initiative, which led to the establishment of Surestart in Kilkeel and later rebranded in 2014 to Space – Supporting People and Community Enterprise.

When not influencing and lobbying for families, Jacinta is flying the flag for Social Enterprise in Northern Ireland. With a lifetime experience of managing projects that impact positively on people, place and profit she was named the  Social Enterprise NI Leader of the Year in 2017 and has been dining out on that title ever since!!

Her influence and leadership has inspired our Space people to always focus on the child, the parent, and not to lose the run of ourselves in bureaucracy, this helps maintain a Space culture of flexibility, creativity and passion and supports us to individually and collectively to reach for the stars.

A no-nonsense woman who us Spacers hide from each time we hear …….“I’ve been thinking”, as we know there is another idea /project being formed, yet the variety of our service offer and skill base at Space makes it both an invigorating  and exhausting place to work at times

A keen dog lover and advocate of all things County Down, including GAA, the Mournes, Warrenpoint and family, the Space boss lady is fond of  taking sabbaticals in Donegal, her special Space! However her trusty mobile is never too far away and she has been known to visit the odd hostelry just to access wifi to allow her to keep in touch with the office (at least that’s what she tells us).

With strange music preferences such as Future Islands, Nathaniel Rateliffe, Queen and Stocktons Wing, Donegal is probably the best place for her , oh and  she is also a keen amateur oil painter, a fact she doesn’t tell many!