Meet the team

Elizabeth Crilly

CEO and Founder
This Centre is important for Killyleagh. The life of Hans Sloane shows us the importance of curiosity, ambition, determination and enterprise in young people.

This Centre will have succeeded if the young people of Killyleagh and its surrounds can take on this message by making use of the Centre. The Centre will be a place that helps people of all ages explore, learn and enjoy just how great Killyleagh is - its people past and present and the beautiful environment. We hope everyone will enjoy visiting and taking part in what it offers.

As well as setting up the Sir Hans Sloane Centre, Elizabeth is on the Board of Directors for the Cambridge Science Centre and is involved in STEM Education.
Elizabeth studied Pure and Applied Physics at Queens University Belfast and has worked in a number of research positions in industry and with universities. As the CEO of the charity STEM Team East in Cambridgeshire – promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – she was working with schools and industry throughout the East of England.

She ran large scale science and engineering fairs and contributed annually to the Cambridge Science Festival.

Richard Cushnie

Richard Cushnie is a civil servant who grew up on Killyleagh’s Shore Road and returned to the village in 2003.  Previous professional roles include: Deputy Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau based in Washington DC; First Secretary in the British Embassy in Dublin; equality policy for the Irish Department of Justice; and a range of roles in Justice and Education in NI. Richard also worked as a journalist in England before joining the civil service and he has degrees in English and in Public Administration. “In America I saw how communities working together could transform lives.  It is great to be part of the Hans Sloane Centre as it builds on a similar spirit in Killyleagh.”



 Lorraine Lawson 

Lorraine is a local business woman and proprietor of Kingfisher Crafts Gallery on Killyleagh High Street.

After a successful 30-year career in public service Lorraine turned her interests to the arts sector through silver- smithing. This culminated in setting up the Kingfisher Crafts Gallery.

Kingfisher champions local arts and crafts. It has become a shopping destination for locals and visitors alike in their search for beautiful objets d'art. Everything from jewellery, paintings, sculpture, fabric and crafts all juxtaposed to form a whole that adds up to an enjoyable browsing experience.
Recognised as a strong advocate for Killyleagh and the Strangford Lough area, Lorraine was asked to join Killyleagh Development Association and serves on the committee as secretary.

With business acumen and experience of the tourist footprint of Killyleagh, Lorraine believes that the Sir Hans Sloane Centre will be a welcomed addition as a tourist hub for Killyleagh and the Strangford area. A showcase of the many great attributes of the town and beyond. 

Morris Crawford

Morris has done much to support local trade and the village community. He is one of the founding members of Killyleagh Development Association Ltd (KDA) which was established 25 years ago to help regenerate the village after the loss of the working harbour and some local industries such as textiles and tannery.

KDA created events such as the Hans Sloane Lectures and the Chocolate Ball & Festival to commemorate his memory as a native of Killyleagh.

Morris’s working life is primarily in the construction industry, North Sea Oil, Middle East, West Africa and UK. He created his own company with a Northern Ireland base 35 years ago, concentrating on high end bespoke residential homes in NI, London and Scotland. 
He purchased a village pub, Dufferin Arms and expanded it into a Coaching Inn to include bars, restaurant, music, a wedding venue and accommodation coupled with open air music concerts. The Dufferin Arms is now an important venue for visitors from near and far. Such foresight and vision underpins his support for the Centre.

“Our home is Killyleagh.”

Clive Scoular

Clive served on the Board of Trustees until Nov 2020. Clive’s contribution to the Board was very important in the early start-up phase of the Centre. As a respected and well known historian, his knowledge on Sir Hans Sloane was invaluable. Clive contributed generously with his time, sharing his network and advice. His enthusiasm for the project and sheer determination to help drive the project forward was a true tour de force. Clive also brought with him the support and expertise of his partner Thomas Johnson on Website and Newsletter development and Joanne Mc Crum on website design and the wonderful Hans Sloane Timeline and signage. Clive also provided the Centre with the first activities of history talks and tours of Killyleagh. This was important in bringing our first visitors in and showcasing the potential of the Centre as a new a new asset for the people of Killyleagh to enjoy and benefit from. We are delighted that Clive will continue in this capacity as historian with the Centre.