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Board of Directors

Mr Les Drew

Chair

Mr Drew is a self-employed business consultant providing strategic advice regarding business improvement and change management.

Les was previously employed by Northern Ireland Electricity Networks as Head of Procurement. He has held a number of other senior management posts during his 39-year career including, Group Financial Controller; Governance and Risk Manager; Regulation Officer; and Information Technology Contract Manager and until March 2017 Head of Procurement.

Mrs Valerie Watts

Chief Executive

Valerie Watts took up post as Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board in July 2014.

Mrs Watts has over 30 years' public sector experience, beginning her career at the Royal Victoria Hospital where she oversaw competitive tendering for ancillary support services, and having worked in local government since 1989.

Most recently, Mrs Watts was Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council (2011- 2014) and formerly Town Clerk and Chief Executive of Derry City Council (2009-2011) where she was instrumental in securing the UK City of Culture for 2013 and developing a strategic economic masterplan for the North West.

Mrs Stephanie Lowry

Non Executive Director

Mrs Lowry has 30 years’ experience working in both the private and public sector throughout her career. She has held several public appointments in a variety of areas, including Independent Board Member with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure; Deputy Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and was a member of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) Audit Committee and an Independent Assessor for Public Appointments.

Dr Theresa Donaldson

Non Executive Director

Dr Theresa Donaldson is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors. She holds Non- Executive Director roles with NI Probation Board, NI Equality Commission and Eirgrid PLC. She is a member of the Lord Chief Justice Solicitors’ Disciplinary Panel for NI and is a member with NI Appeals Committee for BBC Children in Need. She was Chief Executive of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (June 2014-September 2018) and Chief Executive of Craigavon Borough Council (2010-2014). Prior to this Theresa held several senior management positions in health and social care and legal services in NI including as Director of Policy and Civil Service Delivery in the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission and Deputy Director NI Guardian Ad Litem Agency.

Dr Nazia Latif

Non Executive Director

Dr Nazia Latif has extensive experience of working on human rights and equality issues in Northern Ireland and internationally. A highly experienced trainer and researcher, Nazia believes in encouraging collaboration between staff and service users to bring positive change in the delivery of public services. She worked for the NI Human Rights Commission for 13 years where she led a number of systemic investigations of international significance, including In Defence of Dignity, an investigation into the human rights of older people in nursing homes. Nazia currently runs Right Practice and specialises in providing practical assistance to organisations to initiate and manage change in order to improve service delivery. Her focus is on helping organisations meet their human rights and equality obligations. Nazia is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, holds a MA from the University of Durham and a PhD from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Mrs Catherine McCallum OBE

Non Executive Director

Mrs Catherine McCallum OBE, is a retired senior civil servant, who held a number of positions throughout her 38 year career. Most of her career was spent in the old Department for Social Development, working in social security, child support services and training. She was Chief Executive of Rivers Agency for a number of years and, in her final years of service, she was Director of Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

Catherine is a volunteer with the Society of St Vincent de Paul and is President of her local Conference. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ulster University. She is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. In 2017 Catherine was awarded an OBE for services to Government and the community.

Mr Norman McKinley

Non Executive Director

Mr Norman McKinley has extensive senior leadership experience within the voluntary sector both nationally and locally. His early professional career was in social work and he is currently Executive Director for UK Operations with the British Red Cross. Previously he served as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Trust. Mr McKinley holds Masters’ Degrees in Social Work and Business Administration. He brings a diverse range of experience in governance and in the successful delivery of large-scale transformational change.

Dr Thomas Moore

Non Executive Director

Dr Thomas Moore has worked in senior academic and leadership roles in several Universities and Colleges across the UK. Most recently he was the Principal and Chief Executive of Blackburn College in Lancashire. He led the establishment of a Strategic Alliance engaging with a range of stakeholders to support NHS workforce reforms.

In Wales, he was the Senior Officer at the Welsh Regulatory Body responsible for the Regulation of Nursing and Midwifery; and was subsequently the Academic Provost and Executive Dean for Health and Social Care at Glyndwr University.

In Scotland, Dr Moore was the Principal and Chief Executive of Perth College, part of the Federated University of the Highlands and Islands. He led Perth College through Regionalisation of the FE Sector and the significant changes which resulted. He was the FE Sector representative on the QAA Committee for Scotland. Dr Moore started his career as a nurse in Northern Ireland.

Mr Paul Cavanagh

Interim Director of Planning and Commissioning

Paul Cavanagh was an Assistant Director in HSCB's Commissioning Directorate, leading on commissioning of health and social care services in the Western Area and regionally on ambulance services, radiotherapy services; major trauma care; Helicopter Emergency Medical Service; intermediate care; external contracting; and direct patient services, including patient travel and national contact point for EU directive on cross-border healthcare.

He is formerly the Chief Executive of City Centre Initiative in Derry and Coordinator of the North West Community Network. He currently sits on the Social Impact Committee for Comic Relief; is a former member of the Board and NI Committee of the Big Lottery Fund; and was a founding NI Charities Commissioner.

Mr Paul Cummings

Director of Finance

Mr Cummings trained as an accountant with Northern Ireland Electricity before joining the Eastern Health and Social Services Board in 1987. Previous posts include Director of Finance, Technology and Estates to the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Director of Finance and Information for the Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust, and Director of Finance and Contracting, Mater Hospital. In 2003 Paul served as the National Chairman of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the first person outside the English NHS to receive such an honour.

Mrs Lisa McWilliams

Interim Director of Performance Management and Service Improvement

An economist by training Lisa worked in the private and public sector before joining the HSC in 2004. Lisa has been the Interim Director of Performance Management and Service Improvement for the Health and Social Care Board since April 2018. Lisa’s substantive post is the Assistant Director of Scheduled Care for the Health and Social Care Board and had responsibility for elective care reform, service improvement and performance management. Lisa previously held the posts of HSCB Assistant Director of Commissioning overseeing clinical networks and NICE processes. Prior to that Lisa was the lead for Northern Ireland’s Managed Clinical Network for Cancer Services where she led a number of regional service improvement initiatives and became a peer reviewer with the NHS England Peer Review Team.

Ms Marie Roulston, OBE

Director of Social Care and Children

Marie has over 30 years’ experience in working with children and families. Marie has worked across the range of children’s services and moved into a managerial role as Area Manager in 2002 in the Northern Trust. In May 2007 she was appointed as Assistant Director in the Women and Children's Directorate. She had responsibility for Looked after Children Trust-wide, encompassing children in residential care, children in foster care, the Northern Trust Adoption service, recruitment of foster carers and 16+ services.
Marie took up post as Director of Children’s Services/Executive Director Social Work within the Northern Trust in September 2012 and had responsibility for Women, Children and Families from 2015 and in August 2018 took up post as Director of Social Care and Children at HSCB. She was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List (2019) with respect to services to health care and young people.