John Hume always preferred to speak face to face, one to one. Pat spent years immersed in the day-to-day running of the constituency office. Above all, what was important to them was the people they worked for; people from all walks of life, of all creeds and ethnicities.

We are leaders for peaceful change

Our board and patrons

We are committed to openness and inclusiveness. Our board is composed of people young and old, from diverse backgrounds and communities, who bring a breadth of experience and a range of different viewpoints to everything we do.

Professor Seán Farren

Foundation Chair, former Minister for Higher & Further Education, and Finance, Northern Ireland Executive.

John Hume Jnr

Founding Partner Hume Brophy Communications

Mark Durkan

Former deputy First Minister NI Executive, Member of Parliament and SDLP Leader

Professor Paul Arthur

Professor of Politics, Emeritus Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies Ulster University

Seán Donlon

Retired Irish diplomat

Mike Nesbitt MLA

MLA for Strangford 2011-Present. Leader, Ulster Unionist Party 2011-2017.
Former broadcast journalist.

Mary McIvor

Assistant to Judge at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg

Professor Monica McWilliams

Emeritus Professor at Ulster University and Chairperson of Interpeace, an international NGO working on peace-building.

Tom Arnold

Former CEO of Concern Worldwide and Chair of the Irish Constitutional Convention.

Gerry Cosgrove

Former General Secretary SDLP

Brid Rodgers

Former Executive member of NICRA, Deputy Leader SDLP and Minister for Agriculture Northern Ireland Assembly

Hugh Logue

Former European Commission official, and EU envoy to establish, with John Hume, EU Peace Package. Founder member of SDLP and elected with John Hume for Derry constituency.

Kieran McLoughlin

Managing Partner, VentureWave Capital Ltd,  member of Advisory Board of the Smurfit Business School and Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, Strategic Advisor to Endeavor Ireland.

Sara Canning

Study Support Officer in Altnagelvin Area Hospital and campaigner for truth, justice and equality

Dawn Purvis

Head of Corporate Affairs at Choice Housing Ireland Limited, Former MLA and Leader Progressive Unionist Party

Professor Mo Hume

School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Tim Attwood

Foundation Secretary, former Councillor Belfast City Council

board members

Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese

Martin McAleese

Nadia Murad, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Senator George J. Mitchell

Séamus Mallon (posthumously)


Aine (Hume) Abbott

Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach

Professor Arthur Aughey

Lord Paul Bew

Dr. Mark Brennan

Professor John Coakley

Austin Currie

Dr Shelley Deane

David Donoghue

Dr Michael Doyle

Lord Alf Dubs

Maurice Fitzpatrick

Professor Anne Gilliland

Eamon Gilmore Eu Special Representative

Pat Goggins

Mary Harney, former Tánaiste

Rev. Harold Good

Denis Haughey

Professor Katy Hayward

Aidan Hume

Terese Hume

Rev Chris Hudson

Fergal Keane

John Kelly

Enda Kenny, former Taoiseach

Mary Pat Kelly

Wally Kirwan

Pierre Joannon

Professor Brigid Laffan

Kristin M Leary, Frederick Douglas Family initiatives

Michael Lillis

Anne Logue

Willie McCarter

Tony McCusker

Dympna McGlade

Joe Mulholland

Rory Montgomery

Lord Paul Murphy

Daithí Ó Ceallaigh

Liz O’Donnell

Andy Pollak

Ruairi Quinn

Dr Robert Ramsay

Catherine Shannon

James Sharkey

Ted Smyth

Nancy Soderberg

Professor Jennifer Todd

Ian White


The John & Pat Hume Foundation acknowledges the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund.