Shared Future News is an online publication dedicated to providing news, information, and personal stories on the topics of peacebuilding, reconciliation, and diversity. We publish to an audience interested in the history and politics of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We believe that it is important to spread the news of those working for a shared future in Northern Ireland.

Our vision is a shared Northern Irish society where peace is improved by reporting and storytelling.

Our mission is to develop constructive journalism in the province of Ulster.

Our objective is to provide depth and context to peacebuilding activities in Northern Ireland and the border counties.

Our Team



Allan Leonard is co-founder of Shared Future News, which he has edited since 2008. He has served in senior management positions and as a trustee in several charities established to promote peace and reconciliation, where he also gained international experience supporting programmes in divided societies. Allan is also a co-founder, director, and company secretary at FactCheckNI; a trustee and company secretary at the photography charity, Belfast Exposed; and serves as treasurer at the Belfast and District Branch of the National Union of Journalists.


Board Member

Alan Meban is co-founder of Shared Future News. He blogs about arts and politics; records, live-streams, produces and chairs conferences and events; freelance produces podcasts and radio programmes; and delivers social media coaching and training. Alan is a director at FactCheckNI; sits on Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland; and is a member of the Corrymeela Community.

Julia PAUL

Board member

Julia Paul is co-founder of Shared Future News. She is an award-winning, creative and resourceful, PhD qualified journalist and media consultant with a progressive career spanning more then 20 years within the broadcasting, overseas development, and education sectors. She has specialist expertise in reporting on conflict and divided communities, and in training journalists in countries emerging from conflict. She is an experienced media analyst who has lectured at a Russell Group university, and presented her research at international conferences and contributed to Ofcom public events.

Hollie ENNIS


Hollie Ennis is a postgraduate student at University College Dublin, for an MA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. At Queen’s University Belfast, she earned a BA degree in International Relations and History. Hollie’s professional experience includes running workshops on female health and promoting the education of young women and girls.



Ben Marshall is a postgraduate student for an MA degree in European and Russian Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he earned a BA degree in History. Ben’s professional experience includes serving as a museum and war memorial guide, as well as learning and enhancing his skills in the wine industry.