Bebhinn McKinley is currently a Good Relations Manager for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Previous positions have included working with the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister on the Together: Building a United Community Strategy, which was part of the Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society. She has also worked in Northern Ireland for Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Relations Council, Rural Community Network and Women into Politics and as volunteer for a grassroots organisation Rasharkin Women’s Group. Throughout these positions a core aspect of her work has involved meditating at both a community and statutory level, either locally or regionally, within contested spaces around sensitive issues such as flags and emblems, reimaging, peace wall, and cultural celebrations such as bonfires and parades. She has worked throughout Northern Ireland both in urban and rural settings to address community tensions and encourage dialogue and understanding.