Extensions to term of appointment for Chair and Non Executives at the Western Health and Social Care Trust

Health Minister, Jim Wells today announced the extension to the terms of appointment of the non-executive Chair, Mr Gerard Guckian, and three non-executive Directors, Dr Brendan McCarthy, Mr Ciaran Mulgrew and Mrs Barbara Stuart, of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT).

Mr Guckian’s extended term of appointment is for a further six month period from 1 February 2015 to 31 July 2015, carries a time commitment of three days per week and may involve commitment both inside and outside normal working hours.

The non-executive Chair of the Western Trust appointment attracts an annual remuneration of £29,716.

Dr McCarthy, Mr Mulgrew and Mrs Stuart’s extended term of appointment is for a further four month period from 1 April 2015 to 31 July 2015, carries a time commitment of one day per week and may involve commitment both inside and outside normal working hours. The non-executive Directors of the Western Trust appointment attracts an annual remuneration of £7,960.

The extension to the terms of these appointments is to allow the full process of appointing a new non-executive Chair and non-executive Directors to the Western Trust Board to be completed.

The Western Trust is one of five Trusts established as statutorily separate organisations within the HSC family, responsible for the delivery of responsive and effective health and care services and for the ownership and management of hospitals and other establishments and facilities. They provide health and social care services against Ministerial priorities, standards and targets. Services will be provided as specified in contracts with the commissioners of health and social care services, namely the HSC Board.

Although Trusts are statutorily separate organisations, they are an integral part of the HSC and are expected to deliver against an agenda set by the Minister and performance managed by the Department and the HSC Board.

The extension to the terms of these appointments is made in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.

The Board of the Western Trust comprises of a non-executive Chair and seven non-executive Directors.

Gerard Guckian was appointed Chair of the Western Health and Social Care Trust in August 2006. He also Chairs the Trust’s Governance and Remuneration Committees. Prior to this he was Chairman of Altnagelvin Hospitals Health and Social Services Trust from May 2004. He was previously a non-executive Trust Board Member for that Trust for 2 ½ years and had Chaired its Clinical and Social Care Governance Committee. Since 2004 Mr Guckian has been a member of the Representatives Group of the Northern Ireland Confederation for Health & Social Services (NICON) and Chaired the representatives group for two years from January 2012 to December 2013. Mr Guckian is a partner in a firm of solicitors in Londonderry, with a special interest in Family Law/Law relating to Children. He was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for the City of Londonderry in 2014. Mr Guckian holds no other public appointments.

Dr Brendan McCarthy lives in Omagh. He is the Church of England’s National Adviser on Medical Ethics and Health and Social Care Policy. Until 2006, Dr McCarthy was Chair of Strule Erne Health and Social Care Group and an associate Director of the Western Health and Social Services Board. Up until July 2008, he was a lay member of the NI Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery. Dr McCarthy has been a Director for Western Health and Social Care Trust from April 2007. He holds no other public appointments.

Mr Ciaran Mulgrew is the Managing Director of the Derry based drinks manufacturer Niches Drinks Co Ltd. Mr Mulgrew was a former non-executive Director of Altnagelvin Hospitals Health and Social Services (HSS) Trust and has been a Director of Western Health and Social Care Trust since April 2007. He holds no other public appointments.

Mrs Stuart is a Lay Magistrate and in a voluntary capacity is vice chairperson of Extern, a charity which works throughout Ireland. She is a Lay Member on the Exceptional Circumstances Body of the Department of Education and on the Independent Review Panel of the Department of Agriculture. She is also Chair of the fitness to practise panels of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She brings a breadth of experience of health and social care from having worked in the public and voluntary sectors.

1. These appointments are made with the approval of the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety. There are no specific qualifications for appointment.

2. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland requires the political activity of appointees to be published. Mr Guckian, Dr McCarthy, Mr Mulgrew and Mrs Stuart have declared that they have not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.