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Executive Team

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

Director of Finance, Estates & Capital Redevelopment

Maureen Edwards

Maureen took up the post of Interim Director of Finance, Estates & Capital Planning on 15 February 2017. Maureen was previously co-director of Financial Management in the Belfast Trust and prior to that held a number of senior finance posts in the Royal Hospitals and North & West Belfast Trust. Maureen began her career as an NHS finance trainee in Wales before returning to Belfast in 1998.

Director of Neurosciences and Imaging

Bernie Owens

Bernie was appointed as Director of Unscheduled and Acute Care in November 2013 and is responsible for 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 having trained in Royal Victoria Hospital specialising in operating department nursing.

Director of Surgery and Specialist Services

Caroline Leonard

Caroline took up post as Interim Director of Surgery & Specialist Services on 20th February 2017. She is responsible for Surgery, Cancer & Specialist Medicine and Pharmacy & Laboratories Services. Caroline in recent years has been Co-Director for Surgery and Co-Director for Cancer & Specialist Medicine and has over 25 years’ experience in NHS management.

Director of Specialist Hospitals & Women’s Health

Aidan Dawson

Aidan was appointed Interim Director of Specialist Hospitals & Women’s Health on 1 March 2016. He has responsibility for Royal Belfast Hospital Sick Children, Maternity, Gynae, ENT, Elective Orthopaedics in Musgrave Park Hospital, Fracture Services in Royal Victoria Hospital, Neuro Rehabilitation, Regional Disablement Services and the Dental Hospital.

Previously Aidan was the Co Director in the Trust for Trauma, Orthopaedics, and Rehabilitation Services.

Director of Children’s Community Services & Executive Director of Social Work

Carol Diffin

Carol took up post as Executive Director of Social Work/Children’s community Services on the 1st September 2018.

She is responsible for Children’s Social Care/Social Work Services, Community Child Health Services and the Regional Emergency Social Work Service.

Carol is a qualified Social Worker and has worked in Health & Social Care Children’s Services for 34 years.

Director of Nursing and User Experience

Brenda Creaney

Brenda was appointed as Director of Nursing and User Experience in January 2010. She is responsible for Nursing and Client support services within the Trust.

Brenda trained at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast from 1984 before moving to London in 1989 where she undertook a range of roles in Neonatal and Paediatric care at the Royal London Hopsital and the Chelsea & Westminister 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 the Children’s Hospital.

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Jacqui Kennedy

Jacqui was appointed Interim Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in February 2018. She was previously Co-Director of Human Resources in the Trust with responsibility for Recruitment, Pay & Conditions, Pay Modernisation, Health and Wellbeing, Attendance Management, Equality, Medical HR and Employment Law. Prior to that Jacqui held a number of senior HR posts in the Business Services Organisation and the Royal Group of Hospitals. Jacqui began her career in the private sector and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Director of Performance, Planning and Informatics

Charlene Stoops

Charlene was appointed as Director of Planning, Performance & Informatics in May 2019. Charlene was previously the Assistant Director of Corporate Planning in the Southern Trust.

Charlene has worked for 17 years in a number of senior manager posts within the areas of corporate and capital planning, service transformation and performance management in both commissioner and provider organisations. Previously held posts included Assistant Director of Planning at the former Armagh and Dungannon Health & Social Services Trust and other posts in both planning and finance.

Medical Director

Chris Hagan

Interim Director Unscheduled and Acute Care

Dr Brian Armstrong 

Brian took up post as Interim Director of Unscheduled Care and Older People Services on 14th October 2019. He is responsible for the Adult Emergency Departments, and Acute Medicine Specialties.

He is also responsible for hospital-based care of Older People, and Stroke Services. Brian in recent years has been Co-Director for Unscheduled & Acute Care and Co-Director for Surgery and has over 30 years’ experience in NHS management.

Interim Director of Adult Social and Primary Care

Gillian Traub