Ex-Journal reporter is new chairperson of ‘Sunday’ Trust

Journalist and award-winning author Julieann Campbell is the new chairperson of the Bloody Trust Trust (BST).

The former ‘Derry Journal’ reporter replaces Conal McFeely who recently stood down from the role after 18 years. She’s the first female to be appointed to the position.

Julieann is a niece of 17-year-old Jackie Duddy, the first person shot dead on Bloody Sunday.

BST has also appointed the following people to its board: Colette O’Connor (nee Devenney), Minty Thompson, Ciaran McGuinness and Councillor Brian Tierney.

Trust founding member Robin Percival is its new vice-chair.

Author of ‘Setting the Truth Free’, the award winning account of the Bloody Sunday families’ long campaign for justice, Julieann has been a trustee since 2009 and vice-chair since 2012.

Four years ago, she took on the role of press officer for the families and injured ahead of the publication of the report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

She says she feels “privileged and proud” to be involved in the work of the Trust.

“I’m delighted to be taking on this role at such an important phase in the Trust’s history and I would like to thank the BST for their decision to appoint me as Chairperson,” she said.

“I must also acknowledge all those, both trustees and staff, who have worked so diligently and against all the odds to secure the resources and funding so we can complete the building of the new museum. This marks a significant new development for the local community.”

She added: “To locate and secure £2.2 million investment in one of the most deprived areas of the city will help bring about a major improvement for this area.

“It will also enable us to continue to tell its history - which is such a vital part of the history of this city and country - in a building that is suitable for such an important story.”