Health and Social Care Trusts – extension of appointment of 11 non-executive directors

The extension has been announced of the appointment of three non-executive Directors of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust from 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2015 and eight non-executive Directors from 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2015 to three more of the Health and Social Care Trusts, as follows:

Belfast HSC Trust – Mr Leslie Drew, Mr Tom Hartley and Mr Charles Jenkins;
South Eastern HSC Trust – Mr Peter Davison, Ms Deepa Mann-Kler and Mr Dermot O’Hara;
Northern HSC Trust – Mr Stanley Forsythe, Ms Pamela Montgomery and Prof Dorothy Whittington;
Southern HSC Trust – Mrs Deidre Blakely and Mrs Hester Kelly.

The appointments of all non-executive Directors of the HSC Trusts carry a time commitment of one day per week and attract an annual remuneration of £7,960.

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.

Appointments:

1. Mr Les Drew lives in Clough, County Down. He has worked in the Utility Sector in Northern Ireland for over 37 years and has held senior posts in a number of areas including: Finance, Risk Management, Business Continuity planning, Regulation Management and IT Contract Management. Mr Drew brings to the Trust board his experience in the preparation of Statutory, Regulatory and Management Accounts, the development of company wide Risk Management strategy, performing the role of Duty Press Officer during emergency escalations, dealing with Regulatory compliance issues and management of a large outsourced ICT Managed Services Contract. Mr Drew was a Non-Executive Director of the former South & East Belfast HSS Trust where he chaired the Audit Committee. He has been a serving member of the Belfast HSC Trust since its establishment on 1 April 2007. Mr Drew holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Mr Tom Hartley lives in Belfast. He has been an elected representative on Belfast City Council for 18 years and is a member of the West Belfast Partnership Board. He was a Non-Executive Director of the former Royal Group of Hospitals & Dental Hospital HSS Trust and a former board member of the Belfast Harbour Commission. He has been a serving member of the Belfast HSC Trust since its establishment on 1 April 2007. He is currently a Board Member of the Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau and was recently appointed as a member of the Belfast Education and Library Board, for which he receives attendance or financial loss allowance and travel and subsistence expenses. Mr Hartley brings his extensive knowledge of civic life and related issues to his role as Board member on the Belfast HSC Trust. This perspective allows him to address health issues through the prism of community and public concerns. Mr Hartley has engaged in political activity for Sinn Fein in the last five years.

Mr Charles Jenkins OBE JP FCA lives in Belfast. He is a Chartered Accountant and until his recent retirement was Financial Director and Company Secretary of Lagan Holdings Limited. He was a Non-Executive Director and subsequently Chair of the former Mater Hospital HSS Trust. Mr Jenkins has been a serving member of the Belfast HSC Trust since its establishment on 1 April 2007. He holds several directorships in private companies and charitable Trusts. Mr Jenkins has been involved in healthcare through the Mater Infirmorum HSS Trust and the Belfast HSC Trust for over 10 years, and with his experience as Financial Director and Company Secretary for 25 years, brings a degree of financial expertise and corporate governance to his current role on the Belfast HSC Trust. He holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the past five years.

Mr Peter Davison BA lives in Bangor. He is a retired lawyer, and was a senior litigation partner in a large Belfast commercial firm which specialises in healthcare law. Mr Davison’s particular specialist field is construction law and he is a mediator accredited by the Law Society. Mr Davison was selected by the independent and authoritative “Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession” in Northern Ireland and has many years of general experience in legal practice and in all aspects of the Northern Ireland courts. Mr Davison brings to his role as Non-Executive Director on the board of the Trust his expertise and experience in financial and strategic planning, recruitment and personnel development. He has been a serving member of the South Eastern Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust since its establishment on 1 April 2007. He holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Ms Deepa Mann-Kler lives in Killyleagh. Ms Mann-Kler is an Independent Assessor with the Commissioner for Public Appointments. She is also Chair of the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Ms Mann-Kler is a former senior manager with the NI Equality Commission. She is a former member of the Race Funding Selection Committee, OFMDFM. Ms Mann-Kler is a former Chair of Killyleagh Community Association and a former non-executive director of Victim Support NI. She has been a serving member of the South Eastern HSC Trust since its establishment on 1 April 2007. Ms Mann-Kler brings a broad range of skills from her former Board and management positions and knowledge in the areas of equality, rights, social exclusion, corporate governance, strategic planning and high level stakeholder engagement. She has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Mr Dermot O’Hara MA BSSc MCIPD lives in Drumbeg. Mr O’Hara is Director – People Strategies with the Local Government Staff Commission for Northern Ireland. He previously worked for the NI Housing Executive in a senior HR role. Mr O’Hara was Non-Executive Director of the former Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust. He has been a serving member of the South Eastern HSC Trust since its establishment on 1 April 2007. Mr O’Hara brings to his role as a Non-Executive Director on the South Eastern HSC Trust Board his substantial experience of Human Resource management at strategic and operational levels. He has also had lead roles in managing organisational change and service improvements. Mr O’Hara holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Mr Stanley Forsythe lives in Coleraine. Now retired, Mr Forsythe was headmaster of Coleraine Academical Institution from 1984-2003 and worked in the education sector for almost 40 years, giving him many years of experience dealing with young people and their widely varied family environments, which has been of benefit in the fields of social care and adoption during his service with the Trust. Mr Forsythe was a former non-executive Director of Causeway Health & Social Services (HS) Trust. He holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Ms Pamela Montgomery lives in Greenisland. Dr Montgomery is a self-employed consultant specialising in evaluation, strategy and organisational development. Prior to this she worked for Atlantic Philanthropies, as Global Director of Reconciliation and Human Rights. She was a former non-executive Director of Homefirst Community Health and Social Services (HSS) Trust. She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years. She brings a knowledge base of strategic management to the Board and practical experience of and an interest in equality and human rights. She also brings experience and knowledge of the non-executive Director role and of the health service in Northern Ireland.

Prof Dorothy Whittington lives in Whitehead. Until her retirement in 2006, Prof Whittington was Director of Education & Research at North Bristol NHS Trust. Previously, she was Professor of Health Psychology and Head of the School of Health Science at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. Until 2010 she was a Director and trustee of the Higher Education Academy. Prof Whittington was an education associate for the General Medical Council from 2006 until 2012 and is now a lay education accreditor for the General Pharmaceutical Council. She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Mrs Deirdre Blakely lives outside Meigh near Newry. After studying public policy and human rights at University, she has been employed as Director and Manager of a wide range of Community Health, Training and Employment Organisations for over 20 years, focusing on Health Inequality and rights based initiatives. Mrs Blakely brings to her role on the board of the HSC Trust a breadth of skills, knowledge and experience in the field of health care. For the last eight years, she has been a self-employed management consultant, providing consultancy services to voluntary and community organisations with a wide range of experience across all sectors of society, including older people’s programmes and dementia, women’s health, disability, leadership, governance and best practise in Community Development and health. She is a member of the Board of Governors at Newry High School. She was a non-executive director of former Newry & Mourne Health & Social Services (HSS) Trust. Mrs Blakley has been a serving member of the Southern HSC Trust since its establishment on 1 April 2007. She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

Mrs Hester Kelly RGN lives in Dungannon. Mrs Kelly was a Staff Nurse at South Tyrone Hospital and, latterly, Craigavon Area Hospital, until her retirement in 2001. She is currently a School Governor of Sperrin View Special School, Dungannon. Mrs Kelly was a non-executive director of the former Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust. She has been a serving member of the Southern HSC Trust since its establishment on 1 April 2007. Mrs Kelly brings to the board her vast experience of a Health Care Professional in General Nursing. She holds no other public appointments and has not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.

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

3. 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 Hartley has declared he has engaged in Political Activity for Sinn Fein in the last five years. All other Directors have declared that they have not engaged in any political activity in the last five years.