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Bryson Charitable Group

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Social Care, Recycling, Energy, Training, Sports, Multicultural Resource Centre

Business Activities:Community services

Business Location:Northern Ireland, Donegal (Rep. of Ireland), London, Wales

Chief Executive:John McMullen

Turnover:£37m (2013-14)


Legal structure:Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee

Bryson Charitable Group

Established in 1906 Bryson Charitable Group is Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprise tackling major social and economic challenges.

Today the Group is made up of seven strategic business units operating a diverse range of services. The Group operates out of 30 offices across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland delivering over 22,000 individual services each day.

Bryson Care is the leading provider of a number of important social services that help the youngest to the oldest people in our community.

Bryson CareWest is a leading provider of care services in the North West of Northern Ireland and Co Donegal helping the youngest to the oldest people in our community.

Bryson Energy provides leadership, advice, support and installation of energy saving measures in homes tackling fuel poverty and helping to reduce energy costs for householders.

Bryson FutureSkills is a leading provider of a range of employment and training initiatives designed for school leavers, young adults and those living with long-term unemployment.

Bryson Intercultural make a positive impact on the lives of black and minority ethnic people and their families, helping them to adjust and cope with their new life in Northern Ireland.

Bryson LaganSports is a leading provider of inner city fun and developmental water sport activity for a range of users from young people to corporate clients.

Bryson Recycling is Northern Ireland’s largest provider of kerbside recycling services working with local authorities, schools and businesses.

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Bryson Charitable Group

Name:John McMullan MBE OBE

Title :CEO

After 10 years in local manufacturing John has worked at Bryson since 1985 and now holds the position of CEO. He led the repositioning of the Bryson Brand and has overseen the significant growth of the Group.

John chairs the Visiting Panel on Sustainability at the University of Ulster; the DoE’s Climate NI inter-sectoral partnership and is trustee and board member of various other community and environmental organisations. He also chairs DFP’s Social Enterprise Procurement Working Group and was a member of the ministerial Taskforce on resourcing the Voluntary and Community Sector. More recently, John assisted with the development of the Assembly’s All Party Group on Energy. John has been invited to advise governments on both sides of the border on fuel poverty.

John was acknowledged as the Northern Ireland and subsequently the UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in 2011.