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Executive Team

In addition to the Chief Executive Cathy Jack, the following people are part of the Trusts Executive team:

Deputy Chief Executive
Bernie Owens

Bernie Owens

Bernie is Deputy Chief Executive for Belfast Trust.  She is Director lead for the Covid vaccination programme, and for the Neurology recall of patients. Bernie is also overseeing the transition of residents from Muckamore Abbey Hospital (MAH) to enable them to live with support and care in the community to have ordinary lives as valued members of their communities.

Bernie was appointed as a Director  in the Trust from November 2013 and has held a number of portfolios including Anaesthetics, Critical Care, Theatres & Sterile Services, Emergency Departments, Medical and Cardiology services, Neurosciences and Imaging, Medical Physics, Allied Health Professionals and GP Out of Hours service.

Bernie is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) having trained in Royal Victoria Hospital specialising in operating department nursing.

Interim Medical Director

Dr John MaxwellDr John Maxwell

John is an experienced emergency physician, medical leader and company director with over 24 years of healthcare experience in both the public and private sectors in the UK and Australia. Prior to returning to the Belfast Trust in 2024 he was the Executive Medical Director across 4 Ramsay Healthcare hospitals in Western Australia. Previously he worked at the Department of Health, and as a Clinical Director and Divisional Chair in the Belfast Trust.

John is a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with an MSc in Medical Leadership and an Executive MBA with distinction from Warwick Business School.

 

Interim Executive Director of Social Work

Tracy ReidTracy Reid

Tracy took up post as Interim Executive Director of Social Work in August 2022. Tracy qualified as a Social Worker, from Queens University Belfast in 2001, through the Masters of Social Work Programme. She also holds the PQSW award for Strategy and Leadership in Social Work.

Tracy has worked in the Belfast Trust since 2005. Throughout her career Tracy has worked across a number of fields of Social Work, including Children’s Services, Hospital Social Work, Palliative Care, Disability Services, Older People’s Services and Adult Safeguarding.

 

Interim Director of Children’s Community Services

Kerrylee WeatherallKerrylee Weatherall

Kerrylee took up post as the Interim Director of Children’s Community Services in August 2022, with responsibility for Child Health, Early Intervention & Safeguarding and Corporate Parenting & RESWS.  Kerrylee previously held the post of Co Director for Corporate Parenting and Regional Emergency Social Work Service (RESWS).

She has worked in the NHS since 1997 and has held a number of Senior Management positions across Children’s Community Services.

 

Interim Director Mental Health, Intellectual Disability & Psychological Services

Peter Sloan

Peter took up post as Interim Director for Mental Health, Intellectual Disability and Psychological Services in December 2022.

Prior to this, he held a variety of medical management roles within the Directorate, including Clinical Director for Community & Partnership Services, Clinical Director for Acute Mental Health Services, Chair of Division for Mental Health and Chair of Division for Intellectual Disability Services.

Peter is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and continues to practice clinically in the Perinatal Mental Health Team, based at Knockbracken Healthcare Park.

 

 

Interim Director of Adult Community, Older People’s Services and Allied Health Professionals

Colin McMullanColin McMullan

Colin took up the post as Interim Director for Adult Community, Older People’s Services and Allied Health Professionals in September 2023. Prior to this he was Co-Director for Maternity, Dental, Gynae and Sexual Health Services from June 2020. Colin has previously held Senior Manager posts in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Corporate Governance and Medical Education within the Belfast Trust.

Colin has also held management roles in the Public Health Agency and in the former Eastern Health and Social Services Board, having joined the NHS in 2004 following several roles in the private sector. Colin is passionate about improving care for service users.

 

Interim Director of Cancer & Specialist Services

Moira Kearney Moira Kearney

Previously, Moira was Interim Director of  Mental Health, Intellectual Disability & Psychological Services, Co-Director for Child Health and Northern Ireland Specialist Transport and Retrieval (NiSTAR) Services from 2017 and Interim Co-Director and Associate Director of Nursing for Trauma, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation one year prior to this. Moira has worked in the NHS for over 30 years.

 

 

Director of Nursing, User Experience and Allied Health Professionals
Brenda Creaney

Brenda Creaney

Brenda has been Director of Nursing and User Experience since January 2010. She is responsible for Nursing and User Experience within the Trust, she is the lead director for Infection Prevention and Control and Professional lead for Allied Health Professionals.

Brenda trained as an adult nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital from 1984 before moving to London in 1989 where trained as a children’s nurse at the Westminster Children’s Hospital. After qualifying she undertook a range of roles in Neonatal and Children’s Services at Westminster Children’s Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

Brenda returned to Northern Ireland in 2000 to the Royal Group of Hospitals working as a Directorate Manager in both Royal Victoria Hospital and Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and was appointed Co Director for Child Health in the newly formed Belfast Trust in 2007 prior to commencement of her current post.

 

Director of Performance, Planning & Informatics
Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

With more than 20 years’ experience in the public sector, Alastair has worked in a variety of areas of social policy, including social housing, alcohol licensing, social security, and EU funding.

Having spent a number of years working in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels, he moved to the Department of Health in 2014 where he carried out a variety of senior roles, leading work on acute service policy, hospital reconfiguration, and Covid-19 response.

Alastair joined the Trust in 2021, initially working as Co-Director in Urgent and Emergency Care, before taking up post as Director for Planning, Performance and Informatics in 2022.

 

Director Unscheduled Care Services

Brian ArmstrongDr Brian Armstrong 

Brian has been Director of Unscheduled Care since October 2019. He is responsible for the RVH & Mater Adult Emergency Departments, and a range of Acute & Regional Medicine Specialties.

Brian graduated from the University of Ulster with a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences, and is also a master’s post graduate from Boston College and the University of Ulster Business School. Brian has a 30+ year career in healthcare focusing on system redesign, culture change and patient flow.

 

Director of Finance, Estates & Capital Development

Maureen EdwardsMaureen Edwards

Maureen has been the Director of Finance, Estates and Capital Development in Belfast Trust since February 2017. Alongside dealing with the significant financial challenges facing a £1.9bn Trust, she is the SRO for the Trust’s major capital schemes including a new regional children’s hospital for Northern Ireland.

Maureen began her career as a graduate finance trainee in Wales. Having worked in various organisations in the NHS, she returned home in 1999 and has held a number of posts in health and social care including Director of Finance in the Royal Hospitals prior to the amalgamation of the six Belfast acute and community Trusts into the Belfast Trust in 2007 and co-director of finance in the Belfast Trust between 2007 and 2017.

 

Director Anaesthetics, Critical Care, Theatres, Sterile Services and Surgery

Janet Johnson

Janet took up  post as a Director in April 2021.  She has responsibility for Anaesthetics, Critical Care, Theatres, Sterile Services (ACCTSS) and Surgery which includes a range of Regional Specialties and the Major Trauma Unit.  She has held a number of senior roles within BHSCT including Co-director and Divisional Nurse for ACCTSS.  Janet is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) having trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and specialised in perioperative practice. She graduated from University of Ulster with a Masters of Business Administration.

Janet is actively involved in and leading on Elective Care Reform both within the Trust and Regionally and is passionate about improving services for patients.

Janet has over 30 years’ experience in Heath and Social Care working both locally and overseas.

 

Interim Director of Child Health & NISTAR services / Out Patients, Imaging and Medical Physics

Paula CahalanPaula Cahalan

Paula took up post as the Interim Director of Child Health & NISTAR services on 16 August 2021 and also took over responsibility for Out Patients, Imaging and Medical Physics on 01 May 2022. Paula was previously the Co-Director and Professional Lead for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in the Trust and is a qualified Dietitian / AHP. Paula has over 30 years’ experience in Health and Social Care, working with teams across all age ranges and specialties in both acute and community services.

 

Interim Director for Trauma, Orthopaedics, Rehab Services and Maternity, Dental, Gynae and Sexual Health 

Heather JacksonHeather Jackson

Heather took up post as Interim Director for Trauma, Orthopaedics, Rehab Services and Maternity, Dental, Gynae and Sexual Health on 16 August 2021.

Previously Heather was the Divisional Nurse for Unscheduled Care before taking up post as Co-Director for Neurosciences, Imaging, Medical Physics and Medical Illustration in December 2019. Heather has over 30 years’ experience working for the NHS and has worked during that time across a number of unscheduled speciality areas.

 

 

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Gillian SomervilleGillian Somerville

Gillian was appointed as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in September 2023. She has over 30 years’ experience working in Human Resources & Organisational Development.  She is an experienced FCIPD HR professional with a proven track record of operating at a senior and board level in a number of fast moving and dynamic environments. Gillian is passionate about improving staff health and wellbeing and driving forward staff and leadership development, and has a history of improving staff engagement.

 

 

Interim Director of Operations for encompass

Patricia FergusonPatricia Ferguson

Patricia was appointed to Director of Operations for encompass on 2nd January 2024 leading the Belfast Trust implementation of the encompass project.

She has over 30 years experience in Health and Social Care including holding previous roles Divisional Nurse within Imaging, Medical Physics and OPD and  Covid Oversight group, providing senior nurse leadership for the Vaccination and Testing Services.

Patricia has for over 30 years nursing experience with the majority of her career spent working in unscheduled care or project/service implementation.

 

Head of Communications

Bronagh DalzellBronagh Dalzell

Bronagh Dalzell has worked in Health and Social Care since 2003. Prior to moving to Belfast Trust in 2007, she was formerly a Communications Manager at the Royal Group of Hospitals Trust. Bronagh has been Head of Communications in Belfast Trust since 2012.

 

 

 

 

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